High school football recruits displeased with how they've been ranked by a recruiting service heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day should take solace: the NFL's very best players weren't all highly regarded as recruits.
Of the 86 NFL players selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl in December, 50 of them were rated with three stars or fewer coming out of high school, per the 247sports.com database. In fact, more (14) were unranked entirely than ranked with the highest rating of five stars (12).
A look at how each Pro Bowler was rated as a high school recruit:
5-star recruits (12)
4-star recruits (24)
3-star recruits (29)
* - Rivals.com ranking
2-star recruits (7)
Unranked recruits (14)