- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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Wednesday is national signing day, the one day a year when fax machines become relevant (though there's an assault on the relevance of fax machines in some places).
So, let's look back on some Houston Texans' recruiting pasts.
ILB Brian Cushing
High School: Bergen Catholic (WR/LB)
Rankings: Five stars from Scout.com
Scout.com assessment: "One of the elite players of New Jersey and one of the best in the Northeast for the 2005 class, Cushing has size and speed. He recorded 120 tackles 9.5 sacks and 7 interceptions in a rover position on defense, plus 13 receptions for 456 yards and 7 touchdowns on offense. First Team All-State as a junior and Bergen County Defensive Player of the Year. Cushing carries a 3.4 GPA and has a 1010 SAT. He bench presses 320, squats 380 and has a 36-inch vertical jump."
DE J.J. Watt
High School: Pewaukee
Ranking: Two stars from Scout.com and Rivals.com
Scout.com assessment: "As a senior, J.J. Watt had 77 tackles (22.5 for losses), seven fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and four pass break-ups. On offense, he had 26 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns. Watt was named first team all-conference, area, district, county (2nd team at tight end) and state at tight end AND defensive end."
CB Kareem Jackson
High School: Westside (Ga.)
Ranking: Four stars from Rivals.com
Scout.com assessment: "Jackson is one of the finest running backs in the state of Georgia this season. He will be a three-year varsity starter for Macon Westside and is on a pace to eclipse 3,000 yards rushing in his prep career. He projects as a running back or wide receiver at the next level."
LT Duane Brown
High School: Hermitage (Va.)
Ranking: Two stars from Scout.com
Scout.com assessment: "Big and swift, Duane Brown has the potential to become one of the top tight end prospects in the nation. Sporting a size 18 shoe, Brown looks as if he will continue to grow into a mammoth tight end on the next level."
TE Owen Daniels
High School: Naperville Central
Ranking: 12th-ranked quarterback by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com. (Stars are more difficult to find for these older guys)
Schoolsports.com on Daniels: "Daniels, a sturdy 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior signal-caller, announced on Monday that he will play for the University of Wisconsin next fall. The Badgers are ranked No. 5 in the latest ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Poll. 'I was in Madison over the weekend on my official visit and watched them beat Oregon,' Daniels told the Chicago Tribune. 'I got to walk through the tunnel onto the field, and that just gave me goose bumps. That is just an awesome place to play football.' Playing for a highly ranked team won't be anything new for Daniels, who has led Naperville Central to a 3-0 record and a No. 16 ranking in the SchoolSports.com National Top 25. In those three games, Daniels has thrown for 583 yards and seven touchdowns on 31-for-36 passing. The Redhawks have won their games by scores of 42-0, 40-0 and 43-0."
RB Arian Foster
High School: Mission Bay
Ranking: Three stars from Scout.com
Foster's take on himself to Scout.com: "I'm shifty and I have good vision. But I'd like to be faster and have more leg strength. I'd like to think that I'm as good as Reggie Bush (USC) who also played down here in San Diego (Helix HS). But Reggie's faster than me."
WR Andre Johnson
High School: Miami Senior
From the Miami Herald in 1999: "The Hurricanes and Butch Davis picked up a total of seven Dade players, including Miami High's Andre Johnson. Johnson, who is believed to run a 4.3 40-yard dash, was one of UM's targeted players. At 6-3, 200 pounds, he brings a big size advantage to the receiver position."
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