Georgia exits spring as No. 1
I’ve been writing these end-of-spring power rankings for several years now, and for once, I actually feel confident that I know what I’m talking about.

Why? Because the unprecedented amount of coverage surrounding spring football these days — televised spring games, Saturday-night highlights and near-daily stories in certain parts of the country — means that what takes place during those 15 practices is no longer top-secret information. (Except at Alabama, of course.)

On the pages that follow, you’ll find a brief recap of developments that took place during each team’s spring camp, as well as a “spring star” — a young player or career reserve that turned heads during practices/scrimmages and will likely make an impact in the fall.

It’s no coincidence, by the way, that my colleague Andrew Perloff’s recent 2009 NFL mock draft included a whole bunch of players from Ohio State and USC and a No. 1 overall pick from Georgia. It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that those three teams are absolutely loaded heading into this season and therefore sit atop this poll, but I certainly wouldn’t sneeze at Missouri, LSU, Oklahoma or Florida, either.

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5/1/08