National Signing Day is Just the Beginning

Tyler Raborn —  Wednesday, February 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

Earlier today, J.J. Watt tweeted this motivational tweet:

J.J. Watt Tweet

The All-Pro defensive end makes a good point— a player’s college or pro football success doesn’t depend on how highly touted a player is coming out of high school. Hard work, good coaching, and a few lucky breaks significantly weigh into a recruit’s eventual performance on the field.

For proof, just look at the 2012 NFL All-Pro Team and how many stars they had from Scout and Rivals coming out of high school (players that graduated high school before 2002 are not in the database):

Position

Player

Scout

Rivals

QB Peyton Manning - -
RB Adrian Peterson 5 5
RB Marshawn Lynch 4 4
FB Vonta Leach - -
WR Calvin Johnson 5 4
WR Brandon Marshall - -
TE Tony Gonzalez - -
OT Duane Brown 3 3
OT Ryan Clady 2 2
G Mike Iupati 2 2
G Jahari Evans - -
C Max Unger 2 3
DE J.J. Watt 2 2
DE Cameron Wake - -
DT Geno Atkins 3 4
DT Vince Wilfork - -
OLB Von Miller 4 4
OLB Aldon Smith 3 3
ILB NaVorro Bowman 4 4
ILB Patrick Willis 2 3
CB Richard Sherman 3 3
CB Charles Tillman - -
S Earl Thomas 4 4
S Dashon Goldson 3 4
KR Jacoby Jones 2 2

So, more than likely, there’s a 2-star player signing somewhere today with little to no media attention that will one day be an All-Pro NFL player.

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By: Tyler Raborn

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