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.
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And now we bring you No. 4:
WR A.J. GREEN
2008 signing class
Hometown: Summerville, S.C.
High School: Summerville
Star rating: A consensus five-star.
Rankings: No. 7 in the nation overall, according to 247sports composite. No. 9 overall in Rivals. Ranked by Scout as the nation's second-best receiver - after Julio Jones.
Recruiting accolades: Parade All-American. Featured in Sports Illustrated as a high school junior.
Georgia career: Green lived up to the billing, finishing his college career with 166 catches for 2,619 yards - an average of 15.8 yards per catch - and 23 touchdowns. The only knock against him was staying on the field: Most famously, he was suspended the first four games of his junior season because of the jersey-selling incident. He also had injuries that caused him to miss three games as a sophomore. But when he was on the field he made spectacular catches and was a game-changer. He was a first-team all-SEC pick as a freshman, and named SEC freshman of the year by the coaches. As a sophomore he was again a first-team all-SEC pick, and was named Georgia's most valuable offensive player award. He slipped to second-team all-SEC as a junior, then declared for the NFL draft. He has quickly emerged as one of the best receivers in football.
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 signingg class, and No. 9 overall in Rivals. was:
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