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BWTB: Texans on National Signing Day

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Since it's National Signing Day, we looked back at where many of the current players on the Houston Texas roster were ranked coming out of high school.

Happy National Signing Day.

For thousands (maybe millions) of college football fans, it’s a bit like Christmas morning. Via fax, colleges around the nation find out which high school seniors--and sometimes junior college standouts--have signed with the program.

Once upon a time, the players making up the current Houston Texans’ roster went through this rite of passage. We touched on it here last year, and also did a slideshow about it.

Relying mainly on the rankings provided by Rivals.com, we came up with some fun findings. The team’s two best players, Pro Bowlers Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt, were on opposite ends of the spectrum coming out of high school.

While the Rivals database we searched only goes back to 2002, Johnson would’ve likely been a 5-star receiver. After all, if you look at his college bio page he was a Parade All-American when he joined Miami in 1999, and was the Sporting News’ top-ranked wide receiver in that class.

Watt, meanwhile, was a 2-star tight end recruit who signed with Central Michigan. In late 2006 he was set to be a Minnesota Golden Gopher under then-head coach Glen Mason. But things changed when Texas Tech stormed back from a 31-point third quarter deficit in the Insight Bowl to win, 44-41. Mason was fired shortly thereafter, and Watt switched his commitment. He spent 2007 as a Chippewa, transferred to Wisconsin and flourished in 2009 and 2010 as a defensive end.

Ultimately, however, Watt didn't give much credence to the ranking system and tweeted this out last year on National Signing Day.

Last year's Texans rookie class was highlighted by first-round wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, second-round safety D.J. Swearinger and sixth-round tight end Ryan Griffin. Respectively, that trio had four, three and two stars coming out of high school.

The only Texans' 5-star recruit according to Rivals.com, was wide receiver DeVier Posey. From Cincinnati’s LaSalle High School, he signed on to be a Buckeye at Ohio State in 2008.

Here's a look back at how some of the Texans stacked up, star-wise according to Rivals.com, on the first Wednesday in February.


5 Star WR DeVier Posey LaSalle H.S. Cincinnati, OH Ohio State
4 Star WR DeAndre Hopkins D.W. Daniel H.S. Central, SC Clemson
3 Star RB Arian Foster Mission Bay H.S. San Diego, CA Tennessee
3 Star LT Duane Brown Hermitage H.S. Richmond, VA Virginia Tech
3 Star RG Brandon Brooks Riverside University H.S. Milwaukee, WI Miami (OH)
3 Star WR Keshawn Martin John Glenn H.S. Westland, MI Michigan State
3 Star RG Ben Jones Bibb County H.S. Centreville, AL Georgia
2 Star QB Case Keenum Abilene Wylie H.S. Abilene, TX Houston
2 Star TE Ryan Griffin Londonderry H.S. Londonderry, NH Connecticut
2 Star RT Derek Newton Hinds Community College Utica, MS Arkansas State


4 Star ILB Brian Cushing Bergen Catholic H.S. Oradell, NJ Southern California
4 Star CB Kareem Jackson Fork Union Military Academy Fork Union, VA Alabama
3 Star CB Johnathan Joseph Coffyville Community College Coffyville, KS South Carolina
3 Star DE Antonio Smith Northeast Oklahoma A&M J.C. Miami, OK Oklahoma State
3 Star OLB Whitney Mercilus Garfield H.S., Akron, OH Illinois
3 Star S DJ Swearinger Greenwood H.S. Greenwood, SC South Carolina
3 Star LB Jeff Tarpinian Millard North H.S. Omaha, NE Iowa
3 Star LB Justin Tuggle (at QB) Blinn J.C. Brenham, TX Kansas State
3 Star OLB Brooks Reed Sabino H.S. Tuscon, AZ Arizona
2 Star DE J.J. Watt Pewaukee H.S. Pewaukee, WI Central Michigan
(transfer Wisconsin)
2 Star CB Brice McCain Terrell H.S. Terrell, TX Utah
2 Star S Shiloh Keo Archbishop Murphy H.S. Woodinville, WA Idaho
2 Star LB Mike Mohamed Union H.S. Brawley, CA Cal


3 Star K Randy Bullock Klein H.S. Klein, TX Texas A&M


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