Running back Bryce Brown, who signed with Tennessee during the 2009 recruiting cycle under former Vols head coach Lane Kiffin, came in at No. 28 on the list with a rating of 0.9992.
Brown was tied with Patrick Turner (a Tennessee native who signed with USC in 2005), Trenton Thompson, Jabrill Peppers, Eugene Monroe, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Jones, Julio Jones, Ted Ginn Jr, and Lorenzo Booker.
This running back from the recruiting class of 2009 had a bumpy start to his collegiate career: He verbally committed to Miami before switching to Tennessee, and later transferring to Kansas State. But he had a smooth takeoff from East High in Wichita, Kansas, where he was a high-school All-American. He went on to play four seasons in the NFL.
Brown, who was an incredibly hyped recruit in high school, only played one season at Tennessee.
In 2009, Brown served as the primary backup to running back Montario Hardesty. The Kansas native rushed for 460 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries.
Brown initially stayed at Tennessee after Kiffin left for USC. But on the first day of spring practice in 2010, Brown announced his intentions to leave the program.
“I was a little surprised, but you can only control what you can control,” said then-head coach Derek Dooley in 2010 (via USA Today). “He (Brown) went through the entire offseason, but I also think that this wasn’t something from the last three weeks. But I’m not here to recruit. I’m here to coach.”
Brown played one year at Kansas State, before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent parts of four seasons in the NFL with the Eagles, Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks. Brown finished his pro career with 1,076 rushing yards, and seven touchdowns in 42 games.
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