When a player commits, the importance is often turned into too big a deal – or in retrospect, not enough of one. In advance of signing day, we are counting down our list of Georgia’s 10 best recruits since the 2003 signing class, ranked in order of how important they ended up being during their time at Georgia.
In other words, given the benefit of hindsight.
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.
First, Georgia's 10th-most important recruit of the past 10 years:
CB BRANDON BOYKIN
2008 signing class
High School: Fayette County
Star rating: Four stars, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com
Rankings: No. 224 overall in the nation according to the 247composite, which culled the rankings of the major recruiting sites. Ranked No. 161 in the nation by Scout.com, and the 14th-ranked cornerback in the nation. Ranked in the Rivals 250, and the 15th-ranked cornerback in the nation.
Recruiting accolades: Named a SuperPrep All-America.
Georgia career: One of the most dynamic players of the Mark Richt era, Boykin won the Paul Hornung Award in 2011, which is given to the nation’s most versatile player. Boykin started 38 games at cornerback, and broke the school record for kick return yardage. He also had four kick return touchdowns, two of them from 100 yards, and a 92-yard punt return touchdown. He also scored three touchdowns on offense, including an 80-yard rushing touchdown in the 2011 season opener against Boise State. After his senior season, he was selected to the Senior Bowl, where he hurt his leg, hurting his draft stock a bit. He was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by Philadelphia.
Analysis: Boykin slightly exceeded expectations, although with a four-star rating you can't really say he was underrated very much. In hindsight, he clearly belonged in the top 100, although the two top-ranked cornerbacks (LSU's Patrick Peterson and Miami's Brandon Harris) both made it to the NFL too. For what it's worth, Boykin was the 123rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, four years after being ranked 161st overall as a high school recruit. That's actually not that far off.
Georgia's No. 10-ranked player of the past 10 years, per the ratings at the time:
2010 signing class
No. 19 in 247composite. No. 40 in Rivals (four stars).
Stay tuned for No. 9 for each list on Tuesday.