On signing day, a look back at stars

February, 6, 2013
2/06/13
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Put stars on a high school prospect and they may stick with him for life.

I’m not a big believer in the ability of rating services to accurately project the college career of a high school kid. And like the rest of the NFL world I just saw Jim Harbaugh of San Francisco remind all the 49ers how they were once viewed and present his guys a chance to either reinforce a good opinion of their football capabilities or rewrite a bad one years later.

On national signing day, I just spent some time at Rivals.com plugging names into their database.

It only goes back to 2002, and while I just looked to pick a five-player sample for each team, I didn’t include anyone I couldn’t find. I purposely looked for one guy who didn't pan out with the team that drafted him, denoted here by asterisks.

Houston Texans
LB Brian Cushing -- Four stars

LT Duane Brown -- Three stars

DE J.J. Watt -- Two stars

DT Amobi Okoye* -- Two stars

CB Kareem Jackson -- No stars
Indianapolis Colts
QB Andrew Luck -- Four stars

OL Winston Justice -- Four stars

TE Dwayne Allen -- Four stars

WR Anthony Gonzalez* -- Four stars

RB Vick Ballard -- Two stars
Jacksonville Jaguars
LT Eugene Monroe -- Five stars

DE Derrick Harvey* – Five stars

OT Eben Britton -- Four stars

RB Maurice Jones-Drew -- Four stars

DT Tyson Alualu -- Three stars
Tennessee Titans
OLB Akeem Ayers -- Four stars

S Michael Griffin -- Four stars

DE Kamerion Wimbley -- Four stars

CB Jason McCourty -- Two stars

CB Adam (Pacman) Jones* -- Two stars

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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