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 linebackers.
CLASS OF 2016 BEN DAVIS – Alabama
This has been a puzzling disaster and I can’t figure out why, but Davis never emerged despite staying at Alabama and waiting for his chance.
***** RAHSHAUN SMITH – Maryland (transfer from Clemson)
Another one I can’t figure out, as Smith could play outside or inside linebacker and appeared to be a can’t-miss player. He’s had a few moments, but not much else.
***** MIQUE JUAREZ – UCLA (portal)
So, 2016 was a bad year for linebackers, huh? Juarez has done nothing at the college level.
***** CALEB KELLY – Oklahoma
Finally a 2016 linebacker who did something. Kelly hasn’t had an amazing career, but he’s been solid.
***** CURTIS ROBINSON – Stanford
Robinson started to emerge last season, but he still hasn’t come close to expectations.
***** DAELIN HAYES – Notre Dame
Hayes has grown into a defensive lineman and has become a solid pass rusher, but he’s not the dynamic talent we expected.
***** CLASS OF 2017 BARON BROWNING – Ohio State
Browning is starting to emerge as a solid player, but we expected a lot more out of his career.
***** JORDAN ANTHONY – Michigan (portal)
***** DYLAN MOSES – Alabama
Moses was injured last season, but he has been one of the best linebackers in college football and could be a first-round NFL Draft pick.
***** CLASS OF 2018 MICAH PARSONS – Penn State (opted out)
I’m including him because we need a few more hits here. He’s been amazing.
***** TERADJA MITCHELL – Ohio State
Mitchell hasn’t done much, and he needs to turn things around quickly to live up to the hype.
***** PALAIE GAOTEOTE – USC
Gaoteote has been solid and was getting better, but injuries have derailed him this year.
***** CLASS OF 2019 NOLAN SMITH – Georgia
Smith has been solid, but he was expected to take the next step this year and hasn’t quite yet.
***** MARCEL BROOKS – TCU (transfer from LSU)
Brooks hasn’t done much at TCU after the transfer, but he still has plenty of time to right the ship.
***** CLASS OF 2020 JUSTIN FLOWE – Oregon
It’s still too early to grade Flowe and his injury this season will be a setback.
***** NOAH SEWELL – Oregon
Sewell was destroying people before he got injured, but his body of work is too small.
***** TRENTON SIMPSON – Clemson
Simpson has been awesome as a true freshman and already has three sacks.
***** CHRIS BRASWELL – Alabama
Braswell has yet to make an impact, but true freshmen at Alabama have to wait their turn.
***** DEREK WINGO – Florida
Wingo hasn’t played enough to be graded.
***** DEMOUY KENNEDY – Alabama
Kennedy hasn’t made an impact yet.