Ranking the Jets' players ... when they came out of high school

National signing day is Wednesday, so I thought it would be fun to look back at the recruiting rankings for the players on the New York Jets.

Turns out only two players were rated as five-star recruits coming out of high school -- Sheldon Richardson and Dee Milliner, according to Rivals.com. In fact, Richardson was the fourth-rated prospect in the country. Maybe former Jets general manager John Idzik was paying attention because he selected both players in the first round of the 2013 draft.

According to Rivals.com, the Jets' defensive starters averaged 3.1 stars per player, while the offensive starters averaged 2.8. The website didn't have any information on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Calvin Pace, Stephen Bowen and Willie Colon, as its archives went back to only 2002.

Anyway, here's a breakdown of the rankings. You'll notice that some of the Jets' best players are in the bottom groups, proving two things: Some are late bloomers and high school rankings are fickle.


Milliner, Richardson


Jace Amaro, Dion Bailey, James Carpenter, Antonio Cromartie, Jeff Cumberland, Marcus Gilchrist, Jeremy Kerley, Nick Mangold, Chris Owusu, Stevan Ridley, Geno Smith, Darrin Walls, Leonard Williams.


Antonio Allen, Tommy Bohanon, Randy Bullock, Quincy Enunwa, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, David Harris, Wesley Johnson, Ronald Martin, Lorenzo Mauldin, Dexter McDougle, Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Brent Qvale, Trevor Reilly, Darrelle Revis, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Zac Stacy.


Mike Catapano, Demario Davis, Eric Decker, Leger Douzable, Nick Folk, Breno Giacomini, Jarvis Harrison, Erin Henderson, Chris Ivory, Jamari Lattimore, Brandon Marshall, Josh Martin, Rontez Miles, Bilal Powell, Ryan Quigley, Zach Sudfeld, Muhammad Wilkerson, Brian Winters.


Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams


Dakota Dozier, Damon Harrison, Ben Ijalana, Jaiquawn Jarrett