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Grading the active five-star LBs in college football

Clemson LB Trenton Simpson
Clemson LB Trenton Simpson (USA Today)

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.

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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.

Grade: F

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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.

Grade: F

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  MIQUE JUAREZ - UCLA (portal)  

So, 2016 was a bad year for linebackers, huh? Juarez has done nothing at the college level.

Grade: F

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CALEB KELLY - Oklahoma   

Finally a 2016 linebacker who did something. Kelly hasn’t had an amazing career, but he’s been solid.

Grade: B-

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CURTIS ROBINSON - Stanford  

Robinson started to emerge last season, but he still hasn’t come close to expectations.

Grade: D

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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.

Grade: B-

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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.

Grade: C+

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JORDAN ANTHONY - Michigan (portal)  

This is another miss as Anthony was supposed to be the next Jabrill Peppers at Michigan.

Grade: F

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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.

Grade: A

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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.

Grade: A+

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TERADJA MITCHELL - Ohio State  

Mitchell hasn’t done much, and he needs to turn things around quickly to live up to the hype.

Grade: D

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PALAIE GAOTEOTE - USC  

Gaoteote has been solid and was getting better, but injuries have derailed him this year.

Grade: B-

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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.

Grade: B-

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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.

Grade: C

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CLASS OF 2020 

JUSTIN FLOWE - Oregon  

It's still too early to grade Flowe and his injury this season will be a setback.

Grade: Incomplete

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NOAH SEWELL - Oregon  

Sewell was destroying people before he got injured, but his body of work is too small.

Grade: Incomplete

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TRENTON SIMPSON - Clemson  

Simpson has been awesome as a true freshman and already has three sacks.

Grade: A

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CHRIS BRASWELL - Alabama  

Braswell has yet to make an impact, but true freshmen at Alabama have to wait their turn.

Grade: Incomplete

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DEREK WINGO - Florida  

Wingo hasn’t played enough to be graded.

Grade: Incomplete

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DEMOUY KENNEDY - Alabama  

Kennedy hasn’t made an impact yet.

Grade: Incomplete