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National Signing Day: How the Patriots ranked coming out of high school

Here's a look at the Patriots roster and how they were regarded coming out of high school by Rivals.com. The more stars a player receives the higher level that player is expected to achieve.

Wednesday is National Signing Day and all across the country there will be high school football players making their college choices known. Various scouts and other experts will parse through each school's list and determine which ones have the strongest recruiting classes and which ones failed to attract the necessary talent to compete at this highest level.

You'll hear a lot about stars – as in, five-star recruit. Rivals.com is a recruiting service that ranks the players, and the more stars a player receives the higher level that player is expected to achieve.

With this in mind we thought it might be fun to take a look back at the Patriots and determine how many stars they received when they were far away from the lights and glamour of the NFL and just getting serious about their football careers as they were set to begin college.

Here's a look at the Patriots roster and how they were regarded coming out of high school. (Note: Tom Brady and Steven Jackson entered college before the rating system existed).

NAMEPOSITIONCOLLEGERIVALS STARS
Brown, MalcomDLTexas5
Easley, DominiqueDLFlorida5
Blount, LeGarretteRBOregon4
Bostic, JonathanLBFlorida4
Branch, AlanDLMichigan4
Brown, TarellCBTexas4
Coleman,  JustinDBTennessee4
Derby, AJTEArkansas4
Fleming, DariusLBNotre Dame4
Gaffney, TylerRBStanford4
Grissom, GeneoDLOklahoma4
Gronkowski, RobTEArizona4
Hicks, AkiemDLRegina4
Hightower, Dont'aLBAlabama4
Mayo, JerodLBTennessee4
Ryan, LoganCBRutgers4
Vaughters, JamesLBStanford4
Williams, MichaelTEAlabama4
Amendola, DannyWRTexas Tech3
Andrews, DavidCGeorgia3
Bolden, BrandonRBMississippi3
Cannon, MarcusOLTexas Christian3
Collins, JamieLBSouthern Mississippi3
Fleming, CameronOLStanford3
Flowers, TreyDLArkansas3
Gibson, BrandonWRWashington State3
Harmon, DuronDBRutgers3
Harper, ChrisWRCalifornia3
Jackson, Tre'GFlorida State3
Johnson, LeonardDBIowa State3
King, BrandonDBAuburn3
LaFell, BrandonWRLouisiana State3
Lewis, DionRBPittsburgh3
Martin, KeshawnWRMichigan State3
Mason, ShaqOLGeorgia Tech3
Ninkovich, RobDEPurdue3
Richards, JordanDBStanford3
Sheard, JabaalDLPittsburgh3
Slater, MatthewWRUCLA3
Snyder, KevinLBRutgers3
Solder, NateTColorado3
Stork, BryanOLFlorida State3
Vellano, JoeDLMaryland3
Vereen, BrockDBMinnesota3
Waddle, LaAdrianOLTexas Tech3
Watson, DekodaLBFlorida State3
White, JamesRBWisconsin3
Wilson, TavonDBIllinois3
Barker, ChrisOLNevada2
Chandler, ScottTEIowa2
Chung, PatrickSOregon2
Dobson, AaronWRMarshall2
Edelman, JulianWRKent State2
Freeny, JonathanLBRutgers2
Garoppolo, JimmyQBEastern Illinois2
Gostkowski, StephenKMemphis2
Iosefa, JoeyRBHawaii2
Johnson, RufusLBTarleton State2
Jones, ChandlerDESyracuse2
Jones, ChrisDTBowling Green2
Kitchen, Ishmaa'ilyDLKent State2
Kline, JoshOLKent State2
McCourty, DevinDBRutgers2
Milton, KeavonOLLouisiana-Monroe2
Roberts, DarrylDBMarshall2
Siliga, SealverDLUtah2
Thompson, CedricSMinnesota2
Wendell, RyanOLFresno State2
Allen, RyanPLouisiana Tech--
Brady, TomQBMichigan--
Butler, MalcolmCBWest Alabama--
Cardona, JoeLSNavy--
Carter, DeAndreWRSacramento State--
Develin, JamesFBBrown--
Ebner, NateDBOhio State--
Fletcher, DaneLBMontana State--
Jackson, StevenRBOregon State--
Melvin, RashaanDBNorthern Illinois--
Tyms, BrianWRFlorida A&M--
Vollmer, SebastianTHouston--
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