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March 16, 2011
Buchanan: Top 10 all-time JC transfers
Once, junior college players were thought to be too much of a risk for some top programs to pursue.
They were seen as a quick fix that could lead to quicker problems. After all, they were at junior colleges for a reason. They were too small, too slow, too unreliable on the field or in the classroom.
That was long before Bill Snyder used junior college players to transform Kansas State from a perennial doormat to a nationally elite program. Since then
Junior college players usually don't inspire as much National Signing Day excitement from fans as high-rated high school prospects, but it's likely some of those who have or will join FBS rosters will emerge as bona-fide stars
But which ones will attain such revered status? It could be Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine or Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams or Utah running back John White or LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Each member of that quartet is expected to provide immediate dividends this fall after transferring in from junior college, and they are readying to hit (or already are on) the field for spring practice.
Perhaps one day those guys will be remembered as some of the greatest players in their program's history.
With that in mind, here's a look at Rivals.com's all-time best JC transfers. This does not necessarily take into account NFL success.
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.