National Signing Day history: A look back at the 49ers coming out of high school

Mike Zarrilli

It's National Signing Day, so let's check out the 49ers roster and their recruiting history.

If you are a college football fan, Wednesday is kind of a huge day. It marks 2014 National Signing Day, which is the first day a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent with an NCAA school. The Internet will be abuzz with various recruits picking and choosing amongst three hats. I'd love to see one play some kind of three-card monte with the hats. I'm sure the chosen school would love that.

In light of this big day for college fans, I decided to go back and check out the recruiting info on each member of the 49ers. I searched their name + rivals.com to get an idea of their rating out of five stars when they committed to their given college. I realize there are other options for finding recruiting rankings, but rivals.com was the easiest to find the information.

I went through the entire roster, including current players that will hit free agency, and below is a table I came up with, ranked in order of stars. The players listed as N/A graduated from high school before the rating system showed up on the Internet. The class of 2002 was generally the easiest to find info on. I'm pretty sure Anquan Boldin and Frank Gore were 5-star recruits. I included some high school details for those N/A players.

The 49ers have at least five players that came out of school as 5-star recruits. On the other end, they have at least ten players that were zero-star recruits. It would be interesting to do a comparison of all the NFL teams. I think the more interesting detail would be how many zero-, one- and two-star recruits are on each team. It would be interesting to know how many under-the-radar players came out of nowhere and became stars in some form or fashion.

The 49ers twitter account posted this video:

First Last Year Stars School
Marcus Lattimore 2010 5 South Carolina
Jon Baldwin 2008 5 Pittsburgh
Alex Boone 2005 5 Ohio State
Ahmad Brooks 2002 5 Virginia
Chris Culliver 2007 5 South Carolina
Tank Carradine 2011 4 Florida State
Quinton Dial 2009 4 Alabama
Corey Lemonier 2010 4 Auburn
Nick Moody 2008 4 Florida State
Eric Reid 2010 4 LSU
Christian Tupou 2007 4 USC
Brandon Carswell 2007 4 USC
Darius Fleming 2008 4 Notre Dame
LaMichael James 2008 4 Oregon
Tony Jerod-Eddie 2008 4 Texas A&M
Perrish Cox 2006 4 Oklahoma State
Will Tukuafu 2007 4 Oregon
NaVorro Bowman 2006 4 Penn State
Tramaine Brock 2008 4 Minnesota (transferred to Belhaven)
Anthony Davis 2007 4 Rutgers
Anthony Dixon 2006 4 Mississippi State
Michael Crabtree 2006 4 Texas Trech
Glenn Dorsey 2004 4 LSU
Mario Manningham 2005 4 Michigan
Tarell Brown 2003 4 Texas
Vernon Davis 2003 4 Maryland
Donte Whitner 2003 4 Ohio State
Chuck Jacobs 2010 3 Iowa State
Quinton Patton 2011 3 Louisiana Tech
Al Netter 2007 3 Northwestern
D.J. Campbell 2007 3 California
Joe Looney 2008 3 Wake Forest
Demarcus Dobbs 2006 3 Georgia
Kendall Hunter 2007 3 Oklahoma State
Colin Kaepernick 2006 3 Nevada
Aldon Smith 2008 3 Missouri
Ian Williams 2007 3 Notre Dame
Colt McCoy 2005 3 Texas
David Reed 2008 3 Utah
Ray McDonald 2002 3 Florida
Patrick Willis 2003 3 Mississippi
Eric Wright 2003 3 USC (transferred to UNLV)
Carter Bykowski 2008 2 Iowa State
Alex Debniak 2008 2 Stanford
Mike Purcell 2009 2 Wyoming
Colton Schmidt 2009 2 UC-Davis
Ryan Seymour 2008 2 Vanderbilt
McLeod Bethel-Thompson 2006 2 Sacramento State
Garrett Celek 2007 2 Michigan State
Jewel Hampton 2008 2 Southern Illinois
DeMarco Sampson 2004 2 San Diego State
Devon Wylie 2007 2 Fresno State
Daniel Kilgore 2006 2 Appalachian State
Bruce Miller 2006 2 Central Florida
Mike Iupati 2005 2 Idaho
C.J. Spillman 2005 2 Marshall
Joe Staley 2003 2 Central Michigan
Luke Marquardt 2009 0 Azusa Pacific
Kevin McDermott 2008 0 UCLA
Vance McDonald 2008 0 Rice
Darryl Morris 2008 0 Texas State
Dax Swanson 2008 0 Sam Houston State
Derek Carrier 2008 0 Beloit
Michael Wilhoite 2004 0 Washburn
Dan Skuta 2003 0 Grand Valley State
Craig Dahl 2002 0 North Dakota State
Bubba Ventrone 2000 0 Villanova
Frank Gore 2000 N/A Miami - I think 5-star recruit
Carlos Rogers 2001 N/A Auburn - SuperPrep All American
Adam Snyder 1999 N/A Oregon
Andy Lee 1999 N/A Pittsburgh
Anquan Boldin 1999 N/A Florida State - SuperPrep #1 nationally
Kassim Osgood 1998 N/A San Diego State
Jonathan Goodwin 1998 N/A Michigan
Justin Smith 1998 N/A Missouri - SuperPrep All American
Phil Dawson 1993 N/A Texas - SuperPrep All American
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