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Looking back at the 2011 ESPNU 150

Thanks to ESPN Recruiting, here's a look at how the 2011 ESPNU 150 prospects signing with SEC schools did during their first year on campus.

We'll start with the top 75 prospects:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Despite some November hurdles, Clowney lived up to his billing as the top prospect in the 2011 class. The five-star defensive end suffered a mild concussion in November and was cleared to play one week later versus Clemson, but missed the first quarter due to a violation of team rules. Clowney was second on South Carolina in two categories: tackles for loss (10) and sacks (6). He also had a team-leading five forced fumbles.

2. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU: Adjusting to playing defensive tackle in the SEC is no easy feat, yet Johnson did a more than commendable job. It's also not easy for a freshman to work himself into LSU's deep rotation, yet Johnson did that too. He played in all 12 games, registering 10 tackles, including three for loss and a sack.

3. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Kouandjio was playing well in reserve duty until he suffered a knee injury against Tennessee in October. He was forced to have surgery the next week. Alabama coaches have high expectations for Kouandjio, who is expected to be the left tackle of the future in Tuscaloosa.

4. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Georgia: Crowell lived up to the billing on the field, giving Georgia an explosive back when he was in the lineup. Crowell started seven games, leading the Bulldogs in rushing with 894 yards and a 4.7-yard average on 182 carries. While there have been flashes of greatness, Crowell has had two suspensions for violations of team rules, fumbling issues and some injury concerns.

6. Christian Westerman, OT, Auburn: Westerman redshirted, but Auburn coaches are said to be high on the offensive lineman and his ability to contribute in the future.

8. La'El Collins, OT, LSU: Collins saw limited action at offensive guard in 2011. That experience should help him next season, in which coaches expect him to be a starter.

10. Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida: With senior John Brantley firmly entrenched at the quarterback position, it was tough for Driskel to get snaps. Still, when Brantley was injured, Driskel completed 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions. Driskel was Brantley's backup before the freshman suffered an ankle injury that opened the door for fellow freshman Jacoby Brissett, who held on to the second spot even after Driskel was healthy again.

13. Ray Drew, DE, Georgia: Considering his lack of playing time, Drew showed signs he can be a solid -- if not standout -- defensive end in the SEC. Playing in just six games, Drew registered 2½ tackles for loss, including a half-sack, three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

18. Jay Rome, TE, Georgia: Rome redshirted and will play basketball this season. His football playing time in 2012 will depend largely on whether junior tight end Orson Charles decides to return for his senior season. Otherwise, Rome will likely be on the back burner again until 2013.

19. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama: Clinton-Dix played in all 12 games and registered 11 tackles, mostly on special teams, where he certainly caught his coaches' attention. Safety Mark Barron will be gone after this season, but there are more upperclassmen above Clinton-Dix on the depth chart. It would take quite a leap for Clinton-Dix to become a starter, but playing in the nickel or dime package is a possibility

22. Xzavier Dickson, DE, Alabama: Dickson is one of only seven true freshman to play this season for Alabama. He played in six games and registered two tackles (1½ for loss). His brightest moment of the season came when he shared a sack against Ole Miss.

26. Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn: Wright has had a solid freshman season, getting spot duty early on before winning the starting job in Week 9. Wright finished the season with 11 tackles, two for loss, and forced one fumble while playing in all 12 games for the Tigers.

37. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU: Landry broke his foot last July and the injury definitely slowed the receiver down early in the season. He was expected to make an immediate impact for the Tigers but found himself behind several other receivers when he made it back to the field. Landry still finished with four catches for 43 yards and added 11 tackles on special teams.

38. Trey DePriest, OLB, Alabama: DePriest enrolled early at Alabama and made an immediate impact, totaling 10 tackles and earning SEC freshman of the week in the Tide's season opener. The athlete finished the season with 23 tackles in a reserve role at linebacker, although he did start on special teams in all 12 games for the Tide.

40. Quan Bray, ATH, Auburn: Bray played in all 12 games for the Tigers this season, catching 14 balls for 81 yards. Bray also saw action returning punts for the Tigers and finished with 96 yards on 12 attempts with a long of 24 yards.

41. Bradley Sylve, WR, Alabama: Sylve came into the program as a receiver but was moved to defensive back by the Tide. He redshirted this past season and could stay at corner or switch back to receiver depending on the depth charts.

43. Ja'Jaun Story, WR, Florida: Story redshirted this season for Florida. The colorful receiver has excellent size and reportedly had a good fall with the scout team.

45. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia: Mitchell made a big impact for the Bulldogs, leading the team in receiving yards, despite missing three games with a hamstring injury. The receiver caught 38 balls for 614 yards and four touchdowns while averaging more than 16 yards a reception.

47. Kiehl Frazier, QB, Auburn: Frazier saw time in all 12 games this season and was used much more as a running threat than as a thrower. He completed 5 of 12 passes for 34 yards and two interceptions. He rushed for 272 yards on 60 carries and one touchdown and is still regarded as the signal-caller of the future for the Tigers.

52. Erique Florence, S, Auburn: Florence played a key role in Auburn's secondary as a freshman, seeing a lot of time at safety. He played in all 12 games and finished the regular season with 23 tackles for the Tigers.

53. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama: Pagan saw time sparingly as a true freshman with the Tide in 2011. He played mop-up duty in six games and finished with four tackles.

56. Reese, Dismukes, C, Auburn: Dismukes made an immediate impact for the Tigers at center, starting all 12 games as a true freshman.

57. DeAnthony Arnett, WR, Tennessee: Arnett was a key player on the Vols' offense this season, finishing third on the team in catches (24) and fifth in receiving yards (242). His biggest game came against arguably the Vols' biggest rival, Florida. Arnett had 59 yards on eight catches, which was the most for a freshman since Kelley Washington had 11 catches in 2001.

61. A.C. Leonard, ATH, Florida: Leonard began to see more playing time as the season progressed and played in eight games. He had seven grabs for 95 yards. He should be an integral part in the Gators' offense next season.

63. Curt Maggitt, OLB, Tennessee: Maggitt was an immediate impact player for the Vols, starting eight games and playing in 11. His 56 tackles rank fourth in Tennessee history among freshmen. It is believed he and teammate A.J. Johnson are the first to start at linebacker for Tennessee as freshmen.

66. Mitch Smothers, OG, Arkansas: Smothers became the first true freshman in Arkansas history to start the season along the offensive line. Smothers started the first four games for the Razorbacks before losing his starting job.

73. Marcus Jackson, OG, Tennessee: The 6-foot-3, 315-pound guard had a successful freshman season, playing in all 12 games and starting the last five for the Vols. He was out of shape early but worked his weight down and has been a consistent contributor for Tennessee, mostly on special teams before breaking into the starting lineup at guard.