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National Signing Day: Who Were The Cowboys' Five-Star Recruits Out Of High School?

The Cowboys have five former five-star recruits on their roster right now. Do you think you could name them?

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Wednesday is National Signing Day for high school recruits making the jump to college. If you're into that type of thing, the writers at the SB Nation mothership are all over it, and you can check it out here:

National Signing Day 2017 schedule: When dozens of star recruits are set to commit
Predicting where the top 12 uncommitted 2017 college football recruits will sign
Ranking all 50 states by elite recruits *per capita*

We are but a humble NFL team blog, and our concern is primarily about the Dallas Cowboys. So as we approach  National Signing Day, we won't look at the high school prospects and where they commit. Instead, we'll go through the Cowboys roster and check out where Cowboys players ranked when they left high school.

There are currently 73 players on te Cowboys roster, including six on injured reserve, twelve signed to a reserve/future contract and two more on the PUP and NFI lists. Five of those players were former five-star recruits coming out of high school. Care to take a guess who those five players are?

It's not Ezekiel Elliott (former 4-Star recruit), it's not Dez Bryant (4), and despite his high draft pedigree, it's not Morris Claiborne (3) either. It's not Zack Martin (4) or Travis Frederick (3) or Dak Prescott (3), so who does that leave?

According to the Rivals database, OT Tyron Smith, OG La'el Collins, LB Jaylon Smith, RB Darren McFadden and QB Mark Sanchez are the former five-star recruits currently on the roster. The database doesn't go back far enough for some Cowboys like Tony Romo or Jason Witten (Rivals has only been in operation since 2001, Romo graduated from high school in 1998, Witten in 1999), other players simply weren't ranked. Overall though, the list below is pretty interesting to look at. If you click on the link provided with each name, you'll be able to see some of the colleges that recruited that specific player. Or you could laugh at the high school pictures of the players - check out Travis Frederick without the beard! For your convenience, the table is sortable (simply click on the blue headers to sort).

Cowboys players ranked as high school recruits
Name Pos. College Star Ranking Link
Ash, Richard
DT Western Michigan 4 Rivals
Bailey, Dan K Oklahoma State - -
Beasley, Cole WR SMU 2 Rivals
Brown, Anthony
CB Purdue 3 Rivals
Bryant, Dez WR Oklahoma State 4 Rivals
Butler, Brice WR San Diego State 4 Rivals
Carr, Brandon CB Grand Valley State - -

Church, Barry S Toledo 3 Rivals
Claiborne, Morris CB LSU 3 Rivals
Cleary, Emmett CB Boston College 3 Rivals
Collins, La'el OL LSU 5 Rivals
Collins, Maliek
DT Nebraska 3 Rivals
Cooper, Jonathan
OG North Carolina 3 Rivals
Crawford, Jack DE Penn State 3 Rivals
Crawford, Tyrone DT Boise State 4 Rivals
Davis, Ryan
DE Bethune-Cookman - - Rivals
DeBord, Clay
T Eastern Washington - -
Dunbar, Lance RB North Texas 2 Rivals
Durant, Justin
LB Hampton 2 Rivals
Edwards, Kadeem
OG Tennessee St. - - Rivals
Ezekiel, Elliott
RB Ohio State 4 Rivals
Escobar, Gavin TE San Diego State 2 Rivals
Evans, Shaquelle
WR UCLA 4 Rivals
Frazier, Kavon
FS Central Michigan 2 Rivals
Frederick, Travis C Wisconsin 3 Rivals
Free, Doug OT Northern Illinois 2 Rivals
Gachkar, Andrew LB Missouri 2 Rivals
Gathers, Rico
TE Baylor 4 Rivals
George, Jeremiah
LB Iowa State 3 Rivals
Green, Chaz OL Florida 4 Rivals
Gregory, Randy DE Nebraska 4 Rivals
Hanna, James TE Oklahoma 4 Rivals
Heath, Jeff S Saginaw Valley State - -

Hitchens, Anthony LB Iowa 2 Rivals
Irving, David DL Iowa State 2 Rivals
Jones, Andy
WR Jacksonville - -
Jones, Byron CB Connecticut 2 Rivals
Jones, Chris P Carson-Newman - -

Jones, Lenny
DE Nevada 2 Rivals
LaDouceur, L.P. LS California - -

Lawrence, DeMarcus DE Boise State 3 Rivals
Leary, Ronald G Memphis 2 Rivals
Lee, Sean LB Penn State 3 Rivals
Looney, Joe
OL Wake Forest 3 Rivals
Martin, Zack G Notre Dame 4 Rivals
Mayowa, Benson
DE Idaho - - Rivals
McClain, Terrell DT South Florida 3 Rivals
McFadden, Darren RB Arkansas 5 Rivals
McFadden Leon
CB San Diego State 2 Rivals
McKinnon, Jeremiah
CB Florida Intl 3 Rivals
Moore, Kellen QB Boise State 3 Rivals
Morris, Alfred
RB Florida Atlantic 2 Rivals
Nzeocha, Mark LB Wyoming n.a.
Prescott, Dak
QB Mississippi State 3 Rivals
Romo, Tony QB Eastern Illinois n.a.

Sanchez, Mark
QB USC 5 Rivals
Scandrick, Orlando CB Boise State 3 Rivals
Seamster, Sammy
CB Middle Tennessee St. 2 Rivals
Showers, Jameill QB Texas-El Paso 3 Rivals
Smith, Jaylon
LB Notre Dame 5 Rivals
Smith, Keith
FB San Jose State 3 Rivals
Smith, Rod RB Ohio State 4 Rivals
Smith, Tyron OT USC 5 Rivals
Swaim, Geoff TE Texas 3 Rivals
Tapper, Carles
DE Oklahoma 3 Rivals
Thornton, Cedric
DL Southern Arkansas - - Rivals
Whitehead, Lucky WR Florida Atlantic 2
Wilber, Kyle LB Wake Forest - -
Wilcox, J.J. S Georgia Southern - -
Williams, Terrance WR Baylor 2 Rivals
Wilson, Damien LB Minnesota 2 Rivals
Witten, Jason TE Tennessee n.a.

Wood, Zach
DE SMU 3 Rivals

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