National Signing Day 2014: Review of the Dolphins' roster

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today is National Signing Day, with high school students committing to colleges all over the country, with a lot of unnecessary made of TV moments. It made me wonder, how were the Miami Dolphins players rated leaving high school?

It's National Signing Day - the annual date when college football fans live and die with the decisions made by 17 and 18 year old kids. That means the day will consist of made-for-TV moments where a high school football players put on a college team's hat, and families will (mostly) celebrate.

With National Signing Day upon us, I wondered how the Miami Dolphins' players rated when they were coming out of high school. Using Rivals.com, I looked up the 60 players on the Dolphins' active roster, injured reserve, and non-football injury list. Below are the rankings for each player.

Rivals.com rates players on a 1-5 star rating, as well as giving them all a score ranging from 4.9 up to 6.1. As they explain it, a 6.1 is a franchise player, 5.8-6.0 is an All-American candidate, a 5.5-5.7 is an All-Region selection, 5.0-5.4 is a Division I prospect, and a 4.9 was given to players that weren't known to the Rivals.com scouts. Both the stars and the ratings are in the chart below.

Of course, not all players were available. Some players' recruitment from high school to college pre-dates Rivals.com. Some were never on major schools' radars, and weren't picked up by Rivals.com. Some may have had a grade, but it's no longer available. Those players are all listed at the bottom of the chart.

Before we get to the list, it's interesting to note how few five- and four-star high school prospects are on the Dolphins roster. There are nearly as many two star prospects (14) as combined four- and five-star (15). It does show that the high school star ratings do not necessarily translate to success at the college or pro levels.

Here's the Dolphins' roster:

Player High School Position College Stars Ranking
Jelani Jenkins Olney (MD) Good Counsel Outside linebacker Florida 5 6.1
Reshad Jones Atlanta (GA) Booker T. Washington Safety Georgia 5 6.1
Jared Odrick Lebanon (PA) Lebanon Defensive tackle Penn State 4 6.0
Lamar Miller Miami (FL) Killian Running back Miami 4 6.0
Dannell Ellerbe Rockingham (NC) Richmond County Outside linebacker Georgia 4 5.9
Pat Devlin Downington (PA) East Quarterback Penn State 4 5.9
Danny Watkins Oroville (CA) Butte CC Tackle Baylor 4 5.8
Dion Jordan Chandler (AZ) Chandler Tight end Oregon 4 5.8
Dion Sims Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's Tight end Michigan State 4 5.8
Mike Gillislee Deland (FL) Deland Running back Florida 4 5.8
Mike Pouncey Lakeland (FL) Lakeland Guard Florida 4 5.8
Olivier Vernon Miami (FL) American Defensive end Miami 4 5.8
John Jerry Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Acad Tackle Mississippi 4
Matt Moore Newhall (CA) Hart Quarterback UCLA 4
Paul Soliai Coffeyville (KS) Kofeyville CC Guard Utah 4
Brian Hartline Canton (OH) Glenoak Wide receiver Ohio State 3 5.7
Jonathan Martin North Hollywood (CA) Harvard Westlake Tackle Stanford 3 5.7
Brandon Gibson Puyallup (WA) Rogers Athlete Washington State 3 5.6
Dallas Thomas Baton Rouge (LA) Scotlandville Tackle Tennessee 3 5.6
Michael Thomas Houston (TX) Nimitz Athlete Stanford 3 5.6
R.J. Stanford Chino (CA) Chino Running back Utah 3 5.6
Sam Brenner Oceanside (CA) Oceanside Guard Utah 3 5.6
A.J. Francis Washington (DC) Gonzaga Defensive tackle Maryland 3 5.5
Austin Spitler Bellbrook (OH) Bellbrook Inside linebacker Ohio State 3 5.5
Charles Clay Little Rock (AR) Central Running back Tulsa 3 5.5
Chris Clemons Arcadia (FL) De Soto Running back Clemson 3 5.5
Jamar Taylor La Mesa (CA) Helix Cornerback Boise State 3 5.5
Koa Misi Santa Rosa (CA) Santa Rosa JC Outside linebacker Utah 3 5.5
Nolan Carroll Green Cove Springs (FL) Clay Wide receiver Maryland 3 5.5
Ryan Tannehill Big Spring (TX) Big Spring Quarterback Texas A&M 3 5.5
Will Yeatman San Diego (CA) Rancho Bernardo Tight end Notre Dame 3 5.5
Philip Wheeler Columbus (GA) Shaw Outside linebacker Georgia Tech 3
Armon Binns Pasadena (CA) Pasadena Wide receiver Cincinnati 2 5.4
Caleb Sturgis Saint Augustine (FL) St. Augustine Kicker Florida 2 5.4
Will Davis Cuperton (CA) De Anza College Cornerback Utah State 2 5.4
Michael Egnew Painview (TX) Plainview Wide receiver Missouri 2 5.3
Derrick Shelby Misouri City (TX) Hightower Defensive end Utah 2 5.2
Don Jones Perkinston (MS) Gulf Coast CC Cornerback Arkansas State 2 5.2
Mike Wallace New Orleans (LA) O. Perry Walker Wide receiver Mississippi 2 5.2
Chris Owens Los Angeles (CA) Dorsey Cornerback San Jose State 2 5.1
Jalil Brown Phoenix (AZ) South Mountain Athlete Colorado 2 4.9
Jonathan Freeny Margate (FL) Coconut Creek Defensive end Rutgers 2 4.9
Brandon Fields Toledo (OH) St. Johns Jesuit Kicker Michigan State 2
Dustin Keller Lafayette (IN) Jefferson Wide receiver Purdue 2
Marcus Thigpen Detroit (MI) Mumford Wide receiver / Running back Indiana 2
Nate Garner Pulaski (AR) Robinson Tackle Arkansas 2
Brent Grimes Philadelphia (PA) Northeast Cornerback Shippensburg
Bryant McKinnie Woodbury (NJ) Woodbury Tackle Miami
Derek Cameron Wake Beltsville (MD) De Matha Outside linebacker Penn State
David Arkin Wichita (KS) Kapaun Mt. Carmel Guard Missouri State
Dimitri Patterson Orlando (FL) Maynard Evans Cornerback South East Missouri State
Jason Trusnik Macedonia (OH) Mordonia Linebacker Ohio Northern
Jimmy Wilson San Diego (CA) Point Loma Running back / Safety Montana
John Denney Thornton (CO) Horizon Defensive end Ricks College
Jordan Kovacs Oregon (OH) Clay Safety Michigan
Marlon Moore Sacramento (CA) Natomas Wide receiver Fresno State
Randy Starks Waldorf (MD) Westlake Defensive tackle Maryland
Richie Incognito Glendale (AZ) Mountain Ridge Center Nebraska
Rishard Matthews Santa Ana (CA) Saddleback Wide receiver Nevada
Tyson Clabo Farragut (TN) Farragut Tackle Wake Forest

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