Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade: No. 1 is ...

semerson@macon.comFebruary 5, 2013 

We have reached the end of our pre-signing day series, ranking Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade. And if you've been following the series, you've figured out by now who is No. 1. The picture that went along with this story might also be a giveaway.

The point of this series has been to remind everyone that rankings and star ratings are a good guide, but should not be taken as gospel. For instance, coming out of high school, I was only rated a three-star journalism recruit. Not only did I not crack the top 100, but I barely made the top 250. However, one pundit, I can't remember who, said I had upside if "learned how to shower."

But anyway ... this is about football.

Here are our top 10 recruits of the past decade, with the benefit of hindsight, based on the player's performance in college:

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.

No. 3 was Matt Stafford, a five-star prospect from the 2007 signing class.

No. 2 was Jarvis Jones, a four-star prospect from 2009 who first signed with Southern California, then transferred to Georgia after his freshman season.

And, without further ado, the No. 1 recruit of the past decade, who was in the same signing class as the No. 2 player:

QB AARON MURRAY
2009 signing class
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Plant
Star rating: A consensus four-star rating.
Rankings: No. 19 nationally in the 247composite, and No. 46 in the nation overall by Rivals. Rated the nation's fourth-best quarterback by Rivals, behind Matt Barkley (who signed with Southern Cal), Russell Shephard (LSU), and Garrett Gilbert (Texas).
Recruiting accolades: Parade All-American. U.S. Army All-American. SuperPrep All-America.
Georgia career: Murray is on track, if he avoids injury, to be a four-year starter who broke most of the school's passing records, and some SEC ones as well. All that's missing is a championship, although to be fair a couple SEC East titles is nothing to sneeze at. Murray didn't earn the national recognition that Jarvis Jones did; in fact Murray still hasn't been a first-team all-SEC pick. But his longevity, statistics, and the fact he plays the most important position on the field is what makes him, in retrospect, and based on what we know entering next season, the most important player that has signed with Georgia over the past decade.

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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.

No. 3: Isaiah Crowell, rated No. 6 in the nation overall in the 2011 signing class, and No. 23 overall in Rivals.

No. 2: Brandon Miller, rated No. 6 in the nation overall in the 2004 signing class, and No. 7 overall in Rivals.

No. 1: Matt Stafford, rated No. 6 in the nation overall in the 2006 signing class, in both the 247composite and Rivals rankings.

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