Star power: How highly-touted the players were

ALABAMA

OFFENSE (projected starters)

Pos. Name Rivals/Scout ratings Class

WR Marquis Maze 3 star/3 star 2007

LT Barrett Jones 4 star/4 star 2008

LG Chance Warmack 3 star/3 star 2009

C William Vlachos 3 star/3 star 2007

RG Anthony Steen 3 star/3 star 2009

RT D.J. Fluker 5 star/4 star 2009

TE Michael Williams 4 star/4 star 2008

TE Brad Smelley 3 star/2 star 2008

QB AJ McCarron 4 star/4 star 2009

RB Trent Richardson 5 star/5 star 2009

WR Darius Hanks 3 star/3 star 2007

DEFENSE (projected starters)

Pos. Name Rivals/Scout ratings Class

DE Jesse Williams 4 star/4 star 2011

NG Josh Chapman 3 star/3 star 2007

DE Damion Square 3 star/4 star 2008

SLB Jerrell Harris 4 star/4 star 2008

MLB Dont’a Hightower 4 star/4 star 2008

WLB C.J. Mosley 4 star/4 star 2010

JLB Courtney Upshaw 4 star/4 star 2008

CB DeQuan Menzie 4 star/4 star 2010

CB Dre Kirkpatrick 5 star/5 star 2009

SS Robert Lester 4 star/3 star 2008

FS Mark Barron 4 star/5 star 2008

Notes: Fluker (Foley High/Foley, Ala.) was listed by Rivals as the nation’s top offensive tackle, as well as the No. 3 overall prospect. ... Rivals and Scout each listed Richardson (Escambia/Pensacola, Fla.) as the nation’s No. 2 running back behind Bryce Brown from Wichita, Kan. Rivals listed him as the No. 6 overall prospect and Scout at No. 13. ... Kirkpatrick (Gadsden City/Gadsden, Ala.) was listed by Rivals as the nation’s top cornerback, as well as the No. 11 overall prospect.

LSU

OFFENSE (projected starters)

Pos. Name Rivals/Scout ratings Class

WR Rueben Randle 5 star/5 star 2009

LT Chris Faulk 4 star/4 star 2009

LG T-Bob Hebert 4 star/3 star 2007

C P.J. Lonergan 3 star/3 star 2008

RG Will Blackwell 4 star/4 star 2007

RT Alex Hurst 3 star/3 star 2008

TE Deangelo Peterson 4 star/4 star 2008

WR Russell Shepard 5 star/5 star 2009

QB Jarrett Lee 4 star/4 star 2007

RB Spencer Ware 5 star/4 star 2010

WR Odell Beckham Jr. 4 star/4 star 2011

OFFENSE (projected starters)

Name Rivals/Scout ratings Class

DE Ken Adams 3 star/3 star 2010

DT Michael Brockers 4 star/4 star 2009

DT Bennie Logan 3 star/3 star 2009

DE Sam Montgomery 4 star/4 star 2009

LB Stefoin Francois 4 star/4 star 2007

MLB Kevin Minter 4 star/4 star 2009

LB Ryan Baker 4 star/4 star 2008

CB Morris Claiborne 3 star/3 star 2009

CB Tyrann Mathieu 4 star/3 star 2010

SS Brandon Taylor 4 star/4 star 2008

FS Eric Reid 4 star/4 star 2010

Notes: Rivals and Scout both listed Randle (Bastrop High) as the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect. Rivals listed him No. 2 overall. ... Shepard (Cypress Ridge/Houston) was listed by Rivals as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback, as well as the No. 7 overall prospect. Scout listed him as the nation’s No. 2 quarterback and fourth-best overall prospect. ... Ware (Princeton/Cincinnati, Ohio) was listed by Rivals as the nation’s No. 3 running back, as well as the No. 19 overall prospect.