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.
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
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
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
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