Oh, how time flies.
It seems like just yesterday we were hyping up guys like Julio Jones and Da’Quan Bowers as elite high school football recruits and now here we are, three years later, ready to watch them have their names called on NFL Draft night.
Jones and Bowers are just a few of this year’s top prospects who were at one time considered highly-coveted high school recruits.
Now it’s true that being ranked as a 5-star prospect certainly doesn’t guarantee that a player will one day turn into a successful pro athlete.
However, if you take the time to look at the history of many of this year’s potential first rounders, you’ll see that they showed early signs of greatness all the way back to their days of dominating the high-school gridiron.
Here’s a look at how the top prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft class were ranked as recruits.