Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade: No. 5 is ...

semerson@macon.comFebruary 2, 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..

And now we bring you No. 5:

RB KNOWSHON MORENO
2006 signing class
Hometown: Belford, N.J.
High School: Middletown South
Star rating: Four stars by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com.
Rankings: No. 57 overall in the 247composite, No. 73 overall in Rivals.
Recruiting accolades: Superprep All-American. PrepStar 200.
Georgia career: Moreno's career wasn't long - he bolted for the NFL after just two season. (Mark Richt often rued having redshirted him as a true freshman.) But when Moreno did play he was spectacular: 2,734 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdown in 26 games. He was one of three finalists for the 2008 Doak Walker Award, and a unanimous first-team All-SEC pick. And he once leapt over a helpless defender. He is the best running back of the Mark Richt era at Georgia - although Todd Gurley (and perhaps even Keith Marshall) could end up having something to say about that.

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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 was:

Paul Oliver
2003 signing class
No. 12 in 247composite that year. No. 9 overall in Rivals.
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