We all know that Michigan is gunning for TE Isaac Nauta. He's the #1 TE on the board and a consensus 5-star. I thought it was rare that a recruit at that position would be awarded five stars, so I did a little research.
While 5-star tight ends aren't a guaranteed annual feature, they're not as rare as I thought; Nauta is the 7th such prospect since 2002, the beginning of the Rivals database.
What is more surprising is the incredible success rate of 5-star tight ends. Here are the six 5-stars before Nauta since 2002:
That's four NFL Pro Bowlers. OJ Howard is still in school, starting for Alabama. The least successful five-star TE recruit of the past 15 years is Tony Hills, who moved to tackle at Texas and started 31 games, winning a national championship in 2005.
Even in the years where the #1 TE recruit didn't receive five stars, there's still a lot of success.
2004, Zach Miller
2006, Jermaine Gresham
2007, Rob Gronkowski
2009, Logan Thomas
Three more Pro Bowlers and a successful college quarterback.
The numbers strongly suggest that Isaac Nauta is a future Pro Bowler. His overall rank at #9 is the highest since #8 Martellus Bennett in 2005.