BWTB: Texans on National Signing Day

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.

OFFENSE

RATINGNAMEHIGH SCHOOLCITYCOLLEGE
5 StarWR DeVier PoseyLaSalle H.S.Cincinnati, OHOhio State
4 StarWR DeAndre HopkinsD.W. Daniel H.S.Central, SCClemson
3 StarRB Arian FosterMission Bay H.S.San Diego, CATennessee
3 StarLT Duane BrownHermitage H.S.Richmond, VAVirginia Tech
3 StarRG Brandon BrooksRiverside University H.S.Milwaukee, WIMiami (OH)
3 StarWR Keshawn MartinJohn Glenn H.S.Westland, MIMichigan State
3 StarRG Ben JonesBibb County H.S.Centreville, ALGeorgia
2 StarQB Case KeenumAbilene Wylie H.S.Abilene, TXHouston
2 StarTE Ryan GriffinLondonderry H.S.Londonderry, NHConnecticut
2 StarRT Derek NewtonHinds Community CollegeUtica, MSArkansas State

DEFENSE

RATINGNAMEHIGH SCHOOLCITYCOLLEGE
4 StarILB Brian CushingBergen Catholic H.S.Oradell, NJSouthern California
4 StarCB Kareem JacksonFork Union Military AcademyFork Union, VAAlabama
3 StarCB Johnathan JosephCoffyville Community CollegeCoffyville, KSSouth Carolina
3 StarDE Antonio SmithNortheast Oklahoma A&M J.C.Miami, OKOklahoma State
3 StarOLB Whitney MercilusGarfield H.S.,Akron, OHIllinois
3 StarS DJ SwearingerGreenwood H.S.Greenwood, SCSouth Carolina
3 StarLB Jeff TarpinianMillard North H.S.Omaha, NEIowa
3 StarLB Justin Tuggle(at QB) Blinn J.C.Brenham, TXKansas State
3 StarOLB Brooks ReedSabino H.S.Tuscon, AZArizona
2 StarDE J.J. WattPewaukee H.S.Pewaukee, WICentral Michigan
(transfer Wisconsin)
2 StarCB Brice McCainTerrell H.S.Terrell, TXUtah
2 StarS Shiloh KeoArchbishop Murphy H.S.Woodinville, WAIdaho
2 StarLB Mike MohamedUnion H.S.Brawley, CACal

SPECIAL TEAMS

RATINGNAMEHIGH SCHOOLCITYCOLLEGE
3 StarK Randy BullockKlein H.S.Klein, TXTexas A&M

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