No matter which school Rashan Gary signs with, he'll have some big expectations to live up to.
Gary, a defensive tackle from Paramus (New Jersey) Catholic High School, is the No. 1 recruit in the country according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. That kind of unanimity atop the rankings is fairly unusual and suggests that Gary could indeed become a star at the college level.
There are no sure things in recruiting, but the players at the very top of the rankings often go on to distinguished college careers — with NFL success a possibility as well. Here's a list of some recent players who were No. 1 in recruiting ranking — and what happened next:
2015: Byron Cowart, DL, Auburn (ESPN, Rivals); Kahlil McKenzie, DL, Tennessee (Scout); Trent Thompson, DL, Georgia (247 Sports).
Even the best recruits have a hard time making an immediate impact, which makes sense because they often sign with top programs that have a lot of depth. Only Thompson made any starts this past season.
2014: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (ESPN, Scout); Myles Garrett, DL, Texas A&M (247 Sports); Da'Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama (Rivals).
Fournette finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy vote in 2015 and has rushed for 2,987 yards in two seasons at LSU. Garrett already has 24 sacks for the Aggies. Hand hasn't been as big a factor yet for the Crimson Tide.
2013: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports).
Nkemdiche was a second-team All-American this year and has declared for the NFL draft. His college career ended on a sour note when he was suspended for the Sugar Bowl following an incident in which he fell from a hotel window and was charged with possession of marijuana.
2012: Mario Edwards, DL, Florida State (ESPN, 247 Sports); Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri (Rivals, Scout).
Edwards played three years for the Seminoles before being drafted by the Raiders in the second round last year.
Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri after several run-ins with the police. He enrolled at Oklahoma but had to sit out because of transfer rules, and he went to the NFL having never played for the Sooners. The Titans drafted him in the second round, and he caught 32 passes as a rookie this season.
2011: Jadeveon Clowney, DL, South Carolina (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports).
The No. 1 recruit eventually became the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Clowney was taken first overall by the Houston Texans after three seasons at South Carolina. He had 13 sacks as a sophomore, and although his numbers dipped the following season, he'd already established himself as a top pro prospect.
2010: Ronald Powell, DL, Florida (ESPN, Rivals, 247 Sports); Seantrel Henderson, OL, Miami (Scout).
Powell missed the entire 2012 season for the Gators because of a severe knee injury. Drafted in the fifth round in 2014 by the New Orleans Saints, he has struggled to make any impact in the pros. Henderson was drafted even lower that year, in the seventh round by Buffalo after he acknowledged that marijuana use led to him being suspended several times at Miami.