Georgia commit Trent Thompson, a 313-pound defensive tackle from Albany, Georgia, is the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2015 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
But what exactly does that mean?
The past 10 No. 1 overall recruits have enjoyed varying success since leaving high school. None has failed to reach the NFL—at least not yet; three were still in college this season—but they haven't all panned out as hoped. In fact, not a single one has made a Pro Bowl.
Still, the path of each No. 1 overall player provides a framework for Thompson's career. How they performed in college, where they were drafted and where they are today will help Georgia fans (and anybody else who is interested) form reasonable expectations.
In order to look forward, we must look back.