Buccaneers high school recruiting ratings

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On national signing day, we look at the high school recruiting ratings of the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It's national signing day: the day when everyone gets hyped up about recruits who will go on to do very little in college, and even less in the NFL. Of all those five-star recruits, only a handful will turn out to be any good in the NFL, as a quick glance at the list of Buccaneers and their recruiting ratings below should show you: just four of the Bucs' players were five-star recruits, and only one of them has been actually good in the NFL.

The four five-star recruits in the list are interesting. Three of them are defensive linemen: Da'Quan Bowers, William Gholston and Gerald McCoy. One of them has lived up to that promise, becoming one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Gholston had a somewhat disappointing college career, but showed some promise as a base defensive end last year. Da'Quan Bowers, though, has had a very disappointing NFL career -- but he still has the athletic talent to turn it around.

As for Russell Shepard, he was a special teamer only last year -- but a very good one. That should earn him a roster spot for another year, while I'm sure Jeff Tedford will find some way to use his athletic talents on offense as well.

Here's the table of recruits. All the recruiting class and rating data comes from Rivals.com, while the rest comes from Buccaneers.com.

Name NFL position Recruiting class Rivals Rating College
Da'Quan Bowers DE 2008 5 Clemson
Gholston, William DE 2010 5 Michigan State
Gerald McCoy DT 2006 5 Oklahoma
Russell Shepard WR 2009 5 Louisiana State
Marc Anthony CB 2008 4 California
Mark Barron S 2008 4 Alabama
Nate Byham TE 2006 4 Pittsburgh
Adrian Clayborn DE 2006 4 Iowa
Lavonte David LB 2010 4 Nebraska
Everett Dawkins DT 2008 4 Florida State
Jeff Demps RB 2008 4 Florida
Mike Glennon QB 2008 4 North Carolina State
Dashon Goldson S 2004 4 Washington
Mike James RB 2009 4 Miami (Fla.)
Davin Joseph G 2002 4 Oklahoma
Derek Landri DT 2002 4 Notre Dame
Lorig, Erik FB 2005 4 Stanford
Bradley McDougald S 2009 4 Kansas
Carl Nicks G 2006 4 Nebraska
Chris Owusu WR 2008 4 Stanford
Lonnie Pryor FB/RB 2009 4 Florida State
Tommy Streeter WR 2008 4 Miami
Johnthan Banks CB 2009 3 Mississippi State
Gabe Carimi T 2006 3 Wisconsin
Emmett Cleary T 2008 3 Boston College
Jacob Cutrera LB 2006 3 Louisiana State
Mason Foster LB 2007 3 Washington
Ka'Lial Glaud LB 2009 3 Rutgers
Danny Gorrer CB 2004 3 Texas A&M
Leonard Johnson CB 2008 3 Iowa State
Leonard, Brian RB 2002 3 Rutgers
Matthew Masifilo DT 2007 3 Stanford
Darrelle Revis CB 2004 3 Pittsburgh
Jordan Rodgers QB 2010 3 Vanderbilt
Akeem Spence DT 2009 3 Illinois
Luke Stocker TE 2006 3 Tennessee
Keith Tandy S 2007 3 West Virginia
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE 2005 3 Washington
Dekoda Watson LB 2006 3 Florida State
Timothy Wright TE 2008 3 Rutgers
Jeremy Zuttah C 2004 3 Rutgers
Kyle Adams TE 2006 2 Purdue
Michael Adams CB 2003 2 Louisiana-Lafayette
Connor Barth K 2004 2 North Carolina
Marvin Booker DE 2008 2 Rutgers
Deveron Carr CB 2008 2 Arizona State
Jonathan Casillas LB 2005 2 Wisconsin
Tom Crabtree TE 2004 2 Miami (OH)
Anthony Gaitor CB 2007 2 Florida International
Adam Hayward LB 2002 2 Portland State
David Hunter DT 2008 2 Houston
Danny Lansanah LB 2003 2 Connecticut
Larsen, Spencer FB 2005 2 Arizona
Larsen, Ted C 2005 2 North Carolina State
Doug Martin RB 2007 2 Boise State
Kelcie McCray S 2007 2 Arkansas State
Steven Means DE 2008 2 Buffalo
Jamon Meredith T 2004 2 South Carolina
Patrick Omameh G 2008 2 Michigan
Eric Page WR 2009 2 Toledo
Michael Smith RB 2009 2 Utah State
Scott Solomon DE 2007 2 Rice
Tiquan Underwood WR 2005 2 Rutgers
Mike Williams WR 2005 2 Syracuse
Demar Dotson T 2006 2 (basketball) Southern Miss
Skye Dawson WR 2009 0 Texas Christian
Bobby Felder CB 2008 0 Nicholls State
Patrick Murray K 2009 0 Fordham
Bobby Rainey RB 2007 0 Western Kentucky
Jace Daniels T ? ? Northern Michigan
Andrew Economos LS ? ? Georgia Tech
Jason Foster G ? ? Rhode Island
Gary Gibson DT ? ? Rutgers
Michael Hill RB 2008 ? Missouri Western State
Vincent Jackson WR ? ? Northern Colorado
Michael Koenen P ? ? Western Washington
Lindell, Rian K ? ? Washington State
Rashaan Melvin CB ? ? Northern Illinois
Dan Orlovsky QB ? ? Connecticut
Donald Penn T ? ? Utah State
Patrick Scales LS ? ? Utah State
Jacob Schum P ? ? Buffalo
Lawrence Tynes K ? ? Troy
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