Florida has seen share of five-star flops
Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
When it comes to rating college football prospects, Florida coach Will Muschamp says he does not pay any attention to the number of stars by a recruit's name. But many others do. And the reality is, the Gators have hit five-star gold over the years, signing 28 five-star prospects dating back to 2002.
But, as we've seen at Florida and other schools, being a five-star recruit coming out of high school does not always translate to a five-star career in college.
The Gators have had lots of success with five-star guys, including Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Carlos Dunlap, Sharrif Floyd and many others (including some on the current team).
But Florida has also had some five-star busts.
Here are five five-stars that didn't pan out at Florida:
Carl Moore, wide receiver
Based on his junior college tape, many were predicting instant stardom for Moore at Florida. Big. Fast. Athletic. Great hands. Great deep threat. At least that's what he seemed to be on tape. But it turns out the tape was deceiving. When he got to Gainesville, the coaches quickly discovered he was not quite the prospect they thought he was. Good size and hands, but Moore lacked top-end speed and never became the downfield threat the Gators thought he was going to be. He turned into a little-used possession receiver (which is shocking when you look at his JC tape).
Matt Patchan, offensive tackle
This five-star prospect and Miami legacy stunned many when he signed with UF over UM. With his size, athleticism and mean streak, Patchan was considered a can't-miss prospect, a guy who would line up at left tackle for the Gators for the next four seasons. But his UF career was wrecked by injuries. After playing in only a handful of games in four years, Patchan transferred to Boston College, where he reunited with coach Steve Addazio.
Torrey Davis, defensive tackle
His claim to fame is making two tackles on the goal-line in the Gators' national championship game victory over Oklahoma. Other than that, the big guy with the big potential did absolutely nothing in his brief two-year stay in Gainesville. His problems off the field and in the classroom led him to leave following his sophomore season.
Gary Brown, defensive tackle
This must-have defensive tackle prospect produced even less, and was around even shorter, than Davis. He went astray at a party one night, striking two girls, which led to his arrest for battery. Urban Meyer booted him off the team less than a week later.
Will Hill, safety
This five-star standout was expected to be a human highlight reel at UF. He ended up producing only one real highlight in an otherwise disappointing career — his interception and return against Georgia in overtime in the Gators' victory in 2010. Despite starting for only one season at UF (and really not doing much of anything), Hill stunned everyone when he decided to leave early for the NFL. His raunchy and tasteless posts on Twitter while he was here are another story and only add to his status as a bust.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.