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The fault in their stars? Where the 49ers stacked up on signing day

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP

It's signing day around this great nation of ours, which gives us a chance to see where the 49ers* ranked when they were coming out of high school. I realize it's en vogue to point out how absurd the star rankings are in hindsight – Can you believe Jo Schmoe only had TWO stars?! – but I'd say they that looking at the 49ers' list they are fairly accurate.

The two that jump out are players who line up next to each other – Joe Staley and Mike Iupati, both of whom were two-star recruits when they were prep players but who are among the top players at their positions. Staley, of course, started out as a tight end before twitching to tackle. Iupati, who was born in American Samoa, didn't start playing football until he was a sophomore in high school.

Of the five-star recruits, only Alex Boone is sure to be on the squad when training camp begins.

Five stars

Ahmad Brooks, 2002

Alex Boone, 2005

Chris Culliver, 2007

Blaine Gabbert, 2008

Four stars

NaVorro Bowman, 2006

Tramaine Brock, 2008

Tank Carradine, 2011

Perrish Cox, 2006

Michael Crabtree, 2006

Vernon Davis, 2003

Anthony Davis, 2007

Quinton Dial, 2009

Glenn Dorsey, 2004

Bruce Ellington, 2010

Xavier Grimble, 2010

Carlos Hyde, 2009

Tony Jerod-Eddie, 2008

Corey Lemonier, 2010

Aaron Lynch, 2011

Nick Moody, 2008

Trey Millard, 2010

Eric Reid, 2010

Shayne Skov, 2009

Brandon Thomas, 2009

Three stars

Kenneth Acker, 2010

Chris Borland, 2009

Chris Cook, 2010

Marcus Cromartie, 2007

Trindon Holliday, 2005

Kendall Hunter, 2007

Dontae Johnson, 2010

Colin Kaepernick, 2006

Joe Looney, 2008

Jonathan Martin, 2008

Marcus Martin, 2011

Quinton Patton, 2011

Kaleb Ramsey, 2008

Aldon Smith, 2008

Chase Thomas, 2008

Andrew Tiller, 2009

Ian Williams, 2007

Patrick Willis, 2003

Two stars

Desmond Bishop, 2002

Garrett Celek, 2007

Asante Cleveland, 2010

Dillon Farrell, 2009

Fou Fonoti, 2009

Mike Iupati, 2005

Stevie Johnson, 2005

Daniel Kilgore, 2006

Leon McFadden, 2009

Bruce Miller, 2006

Keith Reaser, 2009

Alfonso Smith, 2005

Joe Staley, 2003

Phillip Tanner, 2006

Jimmie Ward, 2010

Zero stars

Derek Carrier, 2008

Craig Dahl, 2002

Kendall Gaskins, 2009

L.J. McCray, 2009

Vance McDonald, 2008 (appears to have been rated a two-star recruit by other services)

Dan Skuta, 2003

Michael Wilhoite, 2004

* I obtained most of these ratings from the Rivals.com website. You'll notice that some names – especially those of 30-somethings like Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Justin Smith, etc. – are missing. That's because there was no “star” information available.

Read Matt Barrows’ blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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