Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade: No. 3 is ...

semerson@macon.comFebruary 4, 2013 

As national signing day approaches, we are counting down Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade (since the 2003 class), ranked in order of performance as a Bulldog.

No. 10 was Brandon Boykin, from the 2008 signing class.

No. 9 was Bacarri Rambo, a three-star prospect from the 2009 signing class.

No. 8 was Todd Gurley, a four-star prospect from the 2012 signing class.

No. 7 was Justin Houston, a four-star prospect from the 2007 signing class..

No. 6 was Malcolm Mitchell, a four-star prospect from the 2011 signing class..

No. 5 was Knowshon Moreno, a four-star prospect from the 2006 signing class.

No. 4 was A.J. Green, a five-star prospect from the 2008 signing class.

And now we bring you No. 3:

QB MATT STAFFORD
2007 signing class
Hometown: Dallas, Tex.
High School: Highland Park
Star rating: A consensus five-star.
Rankings: No. 6 overall in both the 247composite rankings, and the Rivals rankings. Also rated the nation's No. 1 QB by Rivals, and the No. 2 QB by ESPN.
Recruiting accolades: Parade All-American.
Georgia career:Stafford, like Green two years later, lived up to the expectations: He grabbed the starting job early in his freshman season - the first Georgia true freshman to start at quarterback out of high school since 1991 - and never relinquished it until turning pro after his junior season. Stafford finished his career with 7,331 passing yards, and broke Georgia's single-season record for total offense in a season (3,499 in 2008), which was broken by Aaron Murray in 2012. Stafford led Georgia to a Sugar Bowl victory after the 2007 season, and his record as a starter was 27-7. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft.

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And for the sake of comparison, we also reviewed the recruiting rankings of the past 10 years, and came up with the top 10-ranked players who signed with Georgia, according to how they were ranked at the time.

No. 10: Alec Ogletree, rated No. 19 in the nation overall in the 2010 signing class, according to the 247composite.

No. 9: Richard Samuel, rated No. 18 in the nation overall in the 2008 signing class.

No. 8: John Theus, rated No. 16 in the nation overall in the 2012 signing class, and No. 23 in Rivals.

No. 7: Kregg Lumpkin, rated No. 15 in the nation overall in the 2003 signing class, and No. 19 in Rivals.

No. 6: Keith Marshall, rated No. 12 in the nation overall in the 2012 signing class, and No. 48 overall in Rivals.

No. 5: Paul Oliver, rated No. 12 in the nation overall in the 2003 signing class, and No. 9 overall in Rivals.

No. 4: A.J. Green, rated No. 7 in the nation overall in the 2008 signing class, and No. 9 overall in Rivals.

And No. 3 was ...:

Isaiah Crowell.
2011 signing class.
No. 6 overall in 247composite rankings, and No. 23 overall in Rivals.
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