Grading the active five-star CBs in college football

Five-star prospects are rare in each recruiting class and, as we know, some pan out and some don’t. For the last two weeks, we have been looking at five-stars still playing in college football and grade how they’ve been doing. Today, we continue with the cornerbacks.



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CLASS OF 2016 Jack Jones – Arizona State (transfer from USC)

Jones ran into trouble at USC but has rebounded nicely at Arizona State and has become a team leader.

Grade: B

CLASS OF 2017 Lamont Wade – Penn State

Wade has not been the star we projected but he’s been solid, especially the last couple of years.

Grade: B-

Shaun Wade – Ohio State

Wade has been excellent at Ohio State and has come around after struggling a bit early this season.

Grade: A-

CLASS OF 2018 Patrick Surtain – Alabama

Surtain has been excellent from the beginning and should be a definite first-rounder.

Grade: A

Brendan Radley-Hiles – Oklahoma

Radley-Hiles has had his moments but, overall, he’s been a major disappointment in coverage.

Grade: C

Olaijah Griffin – USC

Griffin had a very good year last season and has emerged as one of the better corners in the Pac-12.

Grade: B+

Tyson Campbell – Georgia

Campbell has been very good when healthy and has a tremendous future in the NFL.

Grade: B+

Isaac Taylor-Staurt – USC

Taylor-Stuart has had his moments but he hasn’t been as good as expected.

Grade: C

CLASS OF 2019 Derek Stingley, Jr. – LSU

Stingley has been amazing since his first day on campus and will be the first cornerback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Grade: A+

Andrew Booth – Clemson

Booth has improved this year for Clemson but is still a bit short of expectations.

Grade: B-

Chris Steele – USC

Steele has been very good and is well on his way to a great career.

Grade: B+

Daxton Hill – Michigan

Hill has been very solid for a team that has struggled defensively.

Grade: B+

Akeem Dent – Florida State

Dent was very good as a true freshmen but injuries have held him back this season.

Grade: B

Erick Young – Texas A&M

Young hasn’t lit up the world in coverage but he’s been a very good tackler.

Grade: C+

CLASS OF 2020 Elias Ricks – LSU

Ricks has been excellent for a true freshman and looks to be the next great cornerback at LSU.

Grade: A

Kelee Ringo – Georgia

Ringo had shoulder surgery and hasn’t competed yet.

Grade: Incomplete

Tony Grimes – North Carolina

Grimes has shown flashes of his great ability but it’s too soon for a grade.

Grade: Incomplete