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