Part of the fun of following college football is keeping up with the recruiting trail and celebrating when your school lands a coveted 5-star prospect.
That lofty ranking is not a foolproof predictor of success on the college level, however. Some prospects flame out, while others require a change of scenery to reach their potential.
Here’s a look at the 5-star recruits who didn’t stick with SEC schools since 2012:
Eddie Williams, Alabama — Williams and three other players were accused and later convicted of robbery. They were kicked off the team in 2013.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Georgia — He was dismissed from Georgia in the spring of 2014 after a violation of team rules. He wound up at Louisville, where he’s been a two-year starter in the secondary and projects to be an early- to mid-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft.
Thomas Johnson, Texas A&M — Johnson’s story is the strangest and saddest on this list. He walked away from College Station shortly after arriving on campus and is being held in connection with a murder charge.
Kyle Allen, Texas A&M — After two seasons sharing time as the starting quarterback of the Aggies, he transferred to Houston, where he will be eligible next season.
He threw for 4,532 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his two seasons at A&M.
Clifton Garrett, LSU — The linebacker played in three games for the Tigers before transferring to Arizona Western College. He signed with UAB in 2015 but has yet to qualify academically.
Blake Barnett, Alabama — One of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, Barnett redshirted in 2015 and competed for the starting job early this season.
When Jalen Hurts seized the position, Barnett opted to transfer to Arizona State.
Kendall Sheffield, Alabama — Sheffield left Alabama in August and transferred to Blinn College. He’s a 3-star recruit now but is the second-ranked JUCO corner in the Class of 2017.
Texas, Ohio State, TCU, Texas A&M and USC are the finalists for his services.
Kyler Murray, Texas A&M — Like Allen, Murray became disenchanted with the quarterback carousel at Texas A&M and opted to transfer after the 2015 season.
While Trevor Knight went from Oklahoma to Texas A&M, Murray went the other way. He’s expected to back up Baker Mayfield next fall for the Sooners.
Tyron Johnson, LSU — Johnson left LSU during summer camp in August and will be eligible at his new home, Oklahoma State, in 2017.
He caught 9 passes for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a freshman in 2015.