Underrated high school football players in the NFL
College football recruiting has come a long way in the past 25 years with the advances in multi media platforms. It used to be that Street and Smiths was the only authority out there on high school prospects otherwise it was recruiting trips to try and address the major needs of your team or a meet and great with an outstanding ball player. Coaches would travel the country and sit in high school players living rooms meeting the parents and offering scholarships to their school and talking up the program. Things have sure evolved into something that has become a multimedia scouting phenomenon with scouting coordinators, Media involvement, and the Internet supplementing coaching visits. Recruiting classes 25 years ago were lucky to get 5 big time prospects unless they were in state and these days your talking about a national stage where a team like LSU can recruit a class of top prospects and run out of scholarships to give out. In that 25 years one thing has remained constant and that is that 75% of all NFL players were underrated in high school, sure you still have your stars that were blue chippers out of high school, but most of the team roster are players that developed into NFL caliber. Jeremy Lin is a perfect example of a basketball player that was underrated his whole career. He put up huge numbers at Harvard and yet was overlooked and until he made a huge splash in a monster media market like New York he was still crashing on friends and relatives couches. Football has many similar stories and the demographics of the NFL shows that flying under the radar in high school and being underrated might give you a better chance by percentages to make an NFL roster some day.