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National Signing Day: NFL players as high school recruits

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What do the Kansas City Chiefs players have in common? They were all recruited to some degree in high school. With today being National Signing Day, let's take a look back at how each KC Chiefs player was rated coming out of high school.

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This is a huge day in the college football world. It's National Signing Day, where high school football recruits around the country choose the college of their choice. The recruiting process is long, often having coaches following players for multiple years, so this is the day colleges have been waiting for.

I like to follow National Signing Day from afar because some of the names we hear today are names that we're going to be hearing in three of four years down the line when these guys are declaring for the NFL draft.

I have gone through the KC Chiefs entire roster and tried to find the Rivals star ranking for each of the players. Most of them were easy to find but some, mostly the older players, aren't included because I couldn't find them.

I also linked each player's Rivals page so please click on that and look at it. Akeem Jordan a safety? Kendrick Lewis a receiver? Anthony Sherman a linebacker? Also, the height and weight on most players is exaggerated. Dexter McCluster did not shrink two inches from high school to the NFL. The pictures are also great, such as Jamaal Charles without his dreadlocks.

From what I can tell, the Chiefs had three 5-star players: Eric Berry, Nico Johnson and Jerrell Powe. All SEC players. For a comparison, Niners Nation did this same post and they had five 5-star players.

5-Star

S Eric Berry

LB Nico Johnson

DT Jerrell Powe

4-Star

DE Allen Bailey

WR Dwayne Bowe

QB Tyler Bray

RB Jamaal Charles

RB Knile Davis

TE Anthony Fasano

TE Richard Gordon

RB Cyrus Gray

DE Tamba Hali

DE Justin Houston

DT Jaye Howard

G Rishaw Johnson

3-Star

S Husain Abdullah

QB Chase Daniel

CB Brandon Flowers

WR Junior Hemingway

C Rodney Hudson

DE Tyson Jackson

LB Robert James

S Kendrick Lewis

WR Dexter McCluster

G Geoff Schwartz

OT Donald Stephenson

K Ryan Succop

S Sanders Commings

2-Star

OT Branden Albert

G Jeff Allen

G Jon Asamoah

WR Donnie Avery

DE Mike Catapano

CB Marcus Cooper

DB Quintin Demps

OT Eric Fisher

LB Akeem Jordan

LB Dezman Moses

NT Dontari Poe

FB Anthony Sherman

QB Alex Smith

CB Sean Smith

LB Frank Zombo

TE Demetrius Harris

LB James-Michael Johnson

TE Travis Kelce