As you probably know, yesterday was National Signing Day. Signing Day is one of the biggest days of the year for college football fans who follow the recruiting process throughout the entire year. In honor of NSD, I’ll go back in time and look at how today’s current Detroit Lions were being recruited out of high school.
Matthew Stafford has always been highly praised, even in high school. Stafford was a 5-star recruit and was ranked as the best QB in that year’s class (ahead of many notable names including Bradford, Dalton, and Freeman.) In his senior year at Highland Park, Stafford passed for almost 4,000 yards. Of course, when you’re the best QB in the nation, the best college programs from around the country want you. He would eventually choose Georgia where he had a great career there.
If you watched ESPN yesterday, chances are you heard the name “Dorial Green-Beckham” at least once. DGB, the #1 WR in the nation, is being built up as “the next Megatron”. Not even Calvin Johnson had that much praise coming out of high school. Johnson was a 4-star recruit (which is still pretty good) and was ranked 6th for receivers in the class of 2004. That’s a good resume, but he would definitely have the better career at Georgia Tech and in the NFL than all of the others (never heard of the 5 that were ahead of him).
Ndamukong Suh was in the same boat as Calvin Johnson coming out of high school. Like Johnson, Suh was a 4-star recruit and was also ranked 6th for DTs in his class. Suh eventually chose Nebraska where he would have a great career there before becoming a force in the NFL.
Probably the most underrated current Detroit Lion in high school was Louis Delmas. Rivals.com, the leading source for college recruiting, barely had anything on his page (not even a picture). They only gave Delmas 2 stars and Delmas only had one D1 offer coming out of high school, Western Michigan. He would go there and now is making a difference in the NFL. He was a member of the All Rookie team and has been an alternate for the Pro Bowl twice. Not bad for a 2-star recruit.