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steelsnis
02-04-2015, 05:24 PM
With National Signing Day here, I thought this was an interesting look at a few current Steelers players and where they ranked coming out of high school:

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/12324/recruiting-rewind-a-lot-of-how-five-steelers-players-were-rated-coming-out-of-high-school

LOL, AB was a ZERO STAR recruit coming out of high school in Miami. I'll say that again...ZERO STARS. ZERO POINT ZERO...

Le'Veon was a 2-star recruit! Crazy.

Just goes to show what an inexact science recruiting (and drafting for that matter) really is.

AzStillers1989
02-04-2015, 07:57 PM
With National Signing Day here, I thought this was an interesting look at a few current Steelers players and where they ranked coming out of high school:

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/12324/recruiting-rewind-a-lot-of-how-five-steelers-players-were-rated-coming-out-of-high-school

LOL, AB was a ZERO STAR recruit coming out of high school in Miami. I'll say that again...ZERO STARS. ZERO POINT ZERO...

Le'Veon was a 2-star recruit! Crazy.

Just goes to show what an inexact science recruiting (and drafting for that matter) really is.
Most Deffinately. Goes to show,you never know what you got untill they get out there and play against other nfl players.

Rara
02-04-2015, 08:29 PM
JJ Watt was a two star, even though that's not Steeler related. I believe that most five stars are more raw than talented anyways.

SteelCrazy
02-05-2015, 01:01 AM
QB Ben Roethlisberger: Rivals.comís player rankings go back only to 2002 but it is well-documented how Roethlisberger did not start at quarterback until he was a senior in high school. The 2000 Findlay High School graduate signed with Miami (Ohio), a mid-major program, because higher-profile schools either got in on Roethlisberger too late or recruited him for another position.

RB LeíVeon Bell: Bell starred at Madison High School, which is in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, but Rivals.com rated him as only a two-star prospect in 2010. Bell, who finished second in the NFL with 2,215 yards from scrimmage last season, was not rated among ESPNís RecruitingNation top 100 running backs in the country coming out of high school.

WR Antonio Brown: Itís pretty easy to see how Brown slipped through the cracks since he did not have great size or blazing speed and hails from Miami, which is overflowing with young football talent. But not receiving any stars from Rivals.com? The three-time Pro Bowler continues to have the last laugh at all who doubted him Ė from high school to college to the NFL where Brown lasted until the 195th pick of the 2010 draft.

WR Markus Wheaton: Wheaton received three stars from Rivals.com coming out of Chandler High School in Arizona in 2009. Wheaton, who signed with Oregon State, was ESPN RecruitingNationís No. 67 wide receiver nationally. An interesting note: ESPNís 10th-ranked wide receiver in 2009 was Terry Hawthorne, who played cornerback at Illinois and was a fifth-round pick by the Steelers in 2013 Ė two rounds after they selected Wheaton. The Steelers cut Hawthorne after his only training camp and preseason with the team.

WR Martavis Bryant: The 2014 fourth-round pick was highly regarded coming out of high school. Rivals.com gave Bryant four stars. ESPN RecruitingNation ranked him the No. 8 wide receiver nationally in 2010. Bryant played a season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before joining 2014 No. 4 overall draft pick Sammy Watkins in Clemsonís 2011 recruiting class.

TE Heath Miller: One of the best tight ends in Steelers' history actually signed with the University of Virginia to play quarterback as SuperPrep's No. 15 overall player in talent-rich Virginia. Miller played tight end on the scout team while redshirting in 2001 and stayed at the position. He won the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the county, in 2004, becoming the first ACC player to attain that honor.

OT Kelvin Beachum: One of the Steelers' best late-round finds in recent history was also lightly regarded coming out of Mexia High School in Texas in 2007. Rivals.com gave Beachum, the Steelers' starting left tackle, a two-star rating. The 2012 seventh-round draft pick did not appear among ESPN RecruitingNation's top 100 guards or tackles and signed with SMU.

OT Marcus Gilbert: Gilbert was one of three tackles from Florida who were among ESPN RecruitingNation's top 10 players at the position in 2006. Gilbert, the Steelers' starting right tackle, was the ninth-rated tackle nationally by ESPN and a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He signed with Florida and started 27 of 53 career games in Gainesville.

G Ramon Foster: Foster signed with the University of Tennessee in 2004 as a Rivals.com three-star recruit. He started three seasons in Knoxville after redshirting as a freshman and made the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Foster has started 71 of 86 regular-season games he has played for the Steelers.

G David DeCastro: ESPN RecruitingNation rated DeCastro as the seventh-best center coming out of Bellevue High School in Washington in 2008 and Rivals.com had him as a three-star recruit. DeCastro moved to guard after redshirting his first season at Stanford and eventually blossomed into a consensus first-team All-American. The Steelers' starting right guard -- and 2012 first-round pick -- has established as one of the anchors of the offensive line.

C Maurkice Pouncey: He and his twin brother, Mike, were ESPN RecruitingNation's No. 9 and No. 16 guards, respectively, in 2007 coming out of Lakeland High School in Florida. Maurkice Pouncey, a four-star Rivals.com recruit, became the first player at the University of Florida to win the Rimington Trophy. He left Florida after winning the award given to the nation's best center in 2009 and the Steelers took Pouncey in the first round of the 2010 draft. He has since made four Pro Bowls.

feltdizz
02-05-2015, 09:09 AM
no 5 star recruits on either SB team this year.

Northern_Blitz
02-05-2015, 12:00 PM
Mike & Mike were talking about this yesterday.

Golic said that one of his sons went to an invite only camp for HS juniors. At that camp of "all-stars" he was selected to be on the "all-camp" team. Then, he signed with ND.

Apparently, the camps where players are evaluated for their star values happen after that. His son (Jake?), decided not to go to these camps because he'd already committed to ND. Because he didn't go to the camps, he got a 2 star rating, even though he was apparently chosen as an all-star at some previous camp.

While I believe that high star guys are probably very good, there is no way that these guys can rate even a fraction of all HS football players in an accurate way.

RuthlessBurgher
02-05-2015, 04:27 PM
Mike & Mike were talking about this yesterday.

Golic said that one of his sons went to an invite only camp for HS juniors. At that camp of "all-stars" he was selected to be on the "all-camp" team. Then, he signed with ND.

Apparently, the camps where players are evaluated for their star values happen after that. His son (Jake?), decided not to go to these camps because he'd already committed to ND. Because he didn't go to the camps, he got a 2 star rating, even though he was apparently chosen as an all-star at some previous camp.

While I believe that high star guys are probably very good, there is no way that these guys can rate even a fraction of all HS football players in an accurate way.

I wonder what happened to Golic's other son (Mike Jr.?), the one who signed with us as an UDFA guard a few years ago and was cut during training camp.