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How did the Browns rank as high school recruits?


National Signing Day is today's main event in the world of sports, and we couldn't resist joining in the fun.

Through some extensive Googling, we unearthed just about every Browns player's profile on to see where they ranked as high school recruits. The theme that surfaced at Sunday's Super Bowl, which featured not a single five-star high school recruit among starters on either roster, certainly carried over to what we discovered.

Here's the breakdown, which includes some anecdotes about some of the players' recruitments. Some players' recruitments, such as Karlos Dansby's, pre-dated the Internet's tracking of this sort of thing, so they are simply filed with the rest of the unranked players. Most of the players who attended small schools do not have recruiting profiles.

It serves as a strong reminder that if you're a good football player, the NFL will eventually find you -- no matter where you are or what you were ranked in high school.


RB Isaiah Crowell

-- Was considered the No. 4 RB in the class of 2011; Ultimately picked Georgia over Alabama by pulling a bulldog puppy from underneath a table during a ceremony at his high school.

DT Jacobbi McDaniel

-- Considered the No. 2 DT in the nation in the class. Turned down offer from Milwaukee Brewers, who selected him in 33rd round of 2009 MLB Draft.


DL Calvin Barnett

WR Travis Benjamin

-- He picked Miami over South Florida and caught the Hurricane coaching staff by surprise when he committed three months before National Signing Day.

RB Shaun Draughn

DB Justin Gilbert

DB Joe Haden (ATH)

-- An early commitment at Florida, Haden took a visit to Ohio State but only made one official visit during his recruitment.

LB Barkevious Mingo

OL Vinston Painter

WR Rodney Smith

DT Phil Taylor

OL Joe Thomas

DL Christian Tupou

-- He'd hoped to announce his decision National Signing Day, but when word of his commitment to USC leaked, Tupou ended the uncertainty two days early.

DB Donte Whitner


WR Phil Bates (dual-threat QB)

OL Michael Bowie

TE Jim Dray

-- Picked Stanford after holding offers from Boston College, Florida State, Iowa, Notre Dame and Tennessee

DL Sione Fua

DB Tashaun Gipson

K Garrett Hartley

-- Ranked the No. 2 kicker in the class of 2004.

QB Brian Hoyer

-- Signed with Michigan State after holding offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland, South Carolina and Wake Forest

DL John Hughes (TE)

-- Was considered the No. 48 tight end in the class of 2007.

LB Chris Kirksey (ATH)

QB Johnny Manziel

DL Ahtyba Rubin (OG)

OL Mitchell Schwartz

QB Connor Shaw

-- Shaw was wowed by one of his first visits to South Carolina and called coach Steve Spurrier his "idol."

LB Jabaal Sheard

DB K'Waun Williams

DL Billy Winn

-- He was the No. 1 ranked player in Nevada for the class of 2007.

RB Glenn Winston


DB Johnson Bademosi

-- One of his last visits was to nearby Maryland, where he played "Guitar Hero" with some of the Terps players. He ultimately picked Stanford.

TE Gary Barnidge

OL Joel Bitonio

LB Tank Carder

DB Pierre Desir

OL John Greco

DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen

LB Paul Kruger (ATH)

OL Alex Mack

-- Even as a high school senior, Mack was prepared to redshirt with the Golden Bears. He did and ultimately became one of the best centers in college football.

OL Andrew McDonald

WR Marlon Moore

DB Robert Nelson

DB Jordan Poyer

-- Upon signing, Poyer told Rivals his favorite TV show was "MTV Cribs."

LB Craig Robertson

OL Ryan Seymour

LB Scott Solomon

LS Christian Yount


WR Andrew Hawkins (DB)

-- Signing Day was on Hawkins' mind today, as he unearthed his old profile on Instagram. At one point during his recruitment, he considered Cincinnati his leader.

Not ranked

WR Miles Austin

OL Karim Barton

DL Armonty Bryant

DL Desmond Bryant

TE Jordan Cameron (Began college playing basketball at BYU)

WR Kevin Cone

LB Karlos Dansby (no rankings available; was considered one of top LBs in nation)

LB Darius Eubanks

WR Taylor Gabriel

LS Charley Hughlett

DB Kendall James

P Spencer Lanning

DB Jim Leonhard

OL Nick McDonald

OL Paul McQuistan

DL Jamie Meder

LB Keith Pough

DB Buster Skrine

QB Tyler Thigpen

RB Terrance West

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