November 27, 2007

A look back: 2002 recruiting class rerank

Now that their college careers are complete and many have gone on to the NFL, Rivals.com thought it would be a good time to look back at the recruiting classes from 2002 and see how they stack up now.

Check out the complete reranking of the nation's top 25 recruiting classes for 2002.

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    2002 Recruiting class rerank
    1. USC Trojans
    2002-2006 Record: 59-6
    Conference titles: 5 (2002-06)
    National titles: 2 (2003, 2004)
    All-Americans: 3 - Mike Williams, Tom Malone, Darnell Bing
    NFL Draft picks (round): 9 - Mike Williams (1), Winston Justice (2), Dominique Byrd (3), Darnell Bing (3), Dallas Sartz (5), LaJuan Ramsey (6), Fred Matua (7), Oscar Lua (7), Manuel Wright (supplemental)
    2002 Rank: 13
    2. Ohio State Buckeyes
    Star: A.J. Hawk

    Bust: Maurice Clarett

    Surprise: Santonio Holmes
    2002-2006 Record: 55-9
    Conference titles: 3 (2002, 2005, 2006)
    National titles: 1 (2002)
    All-Americans: 4 A.J. Hawk, Nick Mangold, Troy Smith, Quinn Pitcock NFL Draft picks (round): 12 - A.J. Hawk (1), Bobby Carpenter (1), Santonio Holmes (1), Nick Mangold (1), Quinn Pitcock (3), Maurice Clarett (3), Nate Salley (4), Rob Sims (4), Jay Richardson (5), Roy Hall (5), Troy Smith (5), Doug Datish (6)
    2002 Rank: 5
    3. Texas Longhorns
    Star: Vince Young

    Bust: Bryan Pickryl

    Surprise: Brian Robison
    2002-2006 Record: 55-9
    National titles: 1 (2005)
    Conference titles: 1 (2005)
    All-Americans: 4 Vince Young, Rodrique Wright, Justin Blalock, Aaron Ross
    NFL Draft picks (round): 8 - Vince Young (1), Aaron Ross (1), Justin Blalock (2), David Thomas (3), Brian Robison (4), Kasey Studdard (6), Rodrique Wright (7), Chase Pittman (7 transferred to LSU)
    2002 Rank: 1
    4. Oklahoma Sooners
    2002-2006 Record: 55-12
    Conference titles: 3 (2002, 2004, 2006)
    All-Americans: 1 Rufus Alexander
    NFL Draft picks (round): 6 - Davin Joseph (1), Brodney Pool (2), Travis Wilson (3), Lance Mitchell (5), J.D. Runnels (6), Rufus Alexander (6)
    2002 Rank: 7
    5. Georgia Bulldogs
    2002-2006 Record: 53-13
    Conference titles: 2 (2002, 2005)
    All-Americans: 1- Max Jean-Gilles
    NFL Draft picks (round): 7 - Tim Jennings (2), Leonard Pope (3), Quentin Moses (3), Martrez Milner (4), Max Jean-Gilles (4), DeMario Minter (5), Kedric Golston (6)
    2002 Rank: 3
    6. Florida State Seminoles
    2002-2006 Record: 43-22
    Conference titles: 3 (2002, 2003, 2005)
    All-Americans: - 0
    NFL Draft picks (round): 8 - Broderick Bunkley (1), Kamerion Wimbley (1), Buster Davis (3), Lorenzo Booker (3), Chris Davis (4), Leon Washington (4), Pat Watkins (5), A.J. Nicholson (5)
    2002 Rank: 4
    7. Miami Hurricanes
    Star: Devin Hester

    Bust: Ryan Moore

    Surprise: Sinorice Moss
    2002-2006 Record: 48-15
    Conference titles: 2 (2002, 2003 Big East)
    All-Americans:3 - Devin Hester, Eric Winston, Brandon Meriweather
    NFL Draft picks (round): 6 - Brandon Meriweather (1), Sinorice Moss (2), Devin Hester (2), Eric Winston (3), Baraka Atkins (4), Kareem Brown (4)
    2002 Rank: 8
    8. Auburn Tigers
    Star: Marcus McNeill

    Bust: Montae Pitts

    Surprise: Will Herring
    2002-2006 Record: 50-14
    Conference titles: 1 (2004)
    All-Americans: 2 Marcus McNeill, Ben Grubbs
    NFL Draft picks (round): 6 - Ben Grubbs (1), Marcus McNeill (2), Will Herring (5), Courtney Taylor (6), Devin Aromashodu (7), Ben Obomanu (7)
    2002 Rank: 6
    9. LSU Tigers
    Star: Kyle Williams

    Bust: Alonzo Manuel

    Surprise: Ryan Willis
    2002-2006 Record: 52-13
    Conference titles: 1 (2003)
    National titles: 1 (2003)
    All-Americans: 1 Kyle Williams
    NFL Draft picks (round): 2 - Skyler Green (4), Kyle Williams (5)
    2002 Rank: 15
    10. Tennessee Volunteers
    Star: Jason Allen

    Bust: Brandon Jeffries

    Surprise: Jason Hall
    2002-2006 Record: 42-21
    Conference titles: 0
    All-Americans: 0
    NFL Draft picks (round): 7 - Jason Allen (1), Justin Harrell (1), Jonathan Wade (3), Gibril Wilson (5), Parys Haralson (5), Omar Gaither (5), Marvin Mitchell (7)
    2002 Rank: 2
    11. West Virginia Mountaineers
    Star: Pacman Jones

    Bust: Broderic Jones

    Surprise: Chris Henry
    2002-2006 Record: 47-16
    Conference titles: 3 (2003-05)
    All-Americans: 1 Pacman Jones
    NFL Draft picks (round): 2 Pacman Jones (1), Chris Henry (3)
    2002 Rank: 37
    12. Michigan Wolverines
    Star: Gabriel Watson

    Bust: Quinton McCoy

    Surprise: David Harris
    2002-2006 Record: 35-16
    Conference titles: 2 (2003, 2004)
    All-Americans: 0
    NFL Draft picks (round): 4 - David Harris (2), Gabriel Watson (4), Jason Avant (4), Steve Breaston (5)
    2002 Rank: 16
    13. Virginia Tech Hokies
    2002-2006 Record: 49-17
    Conference titles: 1 (2004)
    All-Americans: 1 - Jimmy Williams
    NFL Draft picks (round): 5 - Jimmy Williams (2), Darryl Tapp (2), Aaron Rouse (3), Jonathan Lewis (6), Jim Martin (7)
    2002 Rank: 45
    14. Louisville Cardinals
    2002-2006 Record: 47-15
    Conference titles: 2 (2004-2006)
    All-Americans: 1 - Elvis Dumervil
    NFL Draft picks (round): 2 - Eric Shelton (2 transfer from FSU), Elvis Dumervil (4)
    2002 Rank: 59
    15. Virginia Cavaliers
    2002-2006 Record: 37-26
    Conference titles: 0
    All-Americans: 2 D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ahmad Brooks
    NFL Draft picks (round): 6 - D'Brickashaw Ferguson (1), Brad Butler (5), Wali Lundy (5), Jason Snelling (7), Marcus Hamilton (7), Ahmad Brooks (supplemental)
    2002 Rank: 12
    16. Clemson Tigers
    2002 Rank: 22 | Star of the class: Justin Miller
    17. UCLA Bruins
    2002 Rank: 9 | Star of the class: Marcedes Lewis
    18. Wisconsin Badgers
    2002 Rank: 50 | Star of the class: Brandon Williams
    19. Boston College Eagles
    2002 Rank: 43 | Star of the class: Will Blackmon
    20. Cal Bears
    2002 Rank: 64 | Star of the class: Donnie McCleskey
    21. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    2002 Rank: 24 | Star of the class: Maurice Stovall
    22. South Carolina Gamecocks
    2002 Rank: 11 | Star of the class: Troy Williamson
    23. Florida Gators
    2002 Rank: 20 | Star of the class: Ray McDonald
    24. NC State
    2002 Rank: 34 | Star of the class: A.J. Davis
    25. Boise State
    2002 Rank: 74 | Star of the class: Jared Zabransky




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