National Signing Day: Giants high school resumes

Posted Feb 3, 2016

A look at Giants players and how they were recruited coming out of high school

Today is National Signing Day, the time when high school players across the country sign their letters of intent to college football programs.

It’s also the next step toward the big leagues for a select few.

More than 1 million athletes participate in high school football, 6.5 percent of which go on to play at the college level. And according to the NCAA, only eight in 10,000 high school players make it to the NFL.

From the two-stars to the five-stars, here is a sample of Giants who overcame those odds and how they were coveted coming out of their respective high schools:

Victor Cruz
Class: 2004
High School: Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Rating: Two-star
Choices: UMass, Hofstra, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia
Committed: UMass

Eli Manning
Class: 1999
High School: Isidore Newman School (New Orleans, La.)
Position: Quarterback
Rating: No. 17 QB
Choices: Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas
Committed: Ole Miss

Jon Beason
Class: 2003
High School: Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory (Hollywood, Fla.)
Position: Linebacker
Rating: Four-star, No. 6 LB
Choices: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee
Committed: Miami

Rueben Randle
Class: 2009
High School: Bastrop (Bastrop, La.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Rating: Five-star, No. 1 WR, No. 2 in Rivals 100, No. 10 in ESPN 150
Choices: LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tennessee
Committed: LSU

Rashad Jennings
Class: 2004
High School: Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, Va.)
Position: Fullback
Rating: Two-star
Choices: Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech
Committed: Pittsburgh

Robert Ayers
Class: 2004
High School: Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.)
Position: Linebacker
Rating: Four-star, No. 10 LB
Choices: Florida, Florida State, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee
Committed: Tennessee

Weston Richburg
Class: 2009
High School: Bushland (Bushland, Texas)
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: Two-star
Choices: Colorado State, TCU
Committed: Colorado State

Prince Amukamara
Class: 2007
High School: Apollo (Glendale, Ariz.)
Position: Athlete
Rating: Three-star, No. 57 ATH
Choices: Nebraska, Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, UCLA, UNLV, UTEP
Committed: Nebraska

Justin Pugh
Class: 2009
High School: Council Rock South (Holland, Pa.)
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: Two-star
Choices: Syracuse, Akron, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Temple
Committed: Syracuse

Jason Pierre-Paul
Class: 2009
High School: Fort Scott C.C. (Fort Scott, Kan.)
Position: Defensive End
Rating: Four-star, Top 10 junior college player
Choices: South Florida, Arizona, Florida State, Kansas State, Nebraska
Committed: South Florida

Devon Kennard
Class: 2009
High School: Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Position: Defensive End
Rating: Five-star, No. 1 DE, No. 8 in Rivals 100, No. 14 in ESPN 150
Choices: USC, Arizona State, California, Florida, Miami, UNC, Oregon, Texas, UCLA
Committed: USC

Odell Beckham Jr.
Class: 2011
High School: Isidore Newman School (New Orleans, La.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Rating: Four-star, No. 43 in Rivals 100
Choices: LSU, Auburn, Memphis, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon, SMU, Tulane, Southern Miss, Tulsa
Committed: LSU

Johnathan Hankins
Class: 2010
High School: Southeastern (Detroit, Mich.)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Rating: Three-star
Choices: Ohio State, Alabama, Bowling Green, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Toledo, Virginia, Wisconsin
Committed: Ohio State

Andre Williams
Class: 2010
High School: Parkland (Allentown, Pa.)
Position: Running Back
Rating: Three-star, No. 44 RB
Choices: Akron, Boston College, Temple, Vanderbilt
Committed: Boston College

Ereck Flowers
Class: 2012
High School: Miami Norland High School (Miami, Fla.)
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: Three-star by ESPN, No. 57 OT
Choices: Miami, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Purdue, South Florida, UCF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Michigan
Committed: Miami

Landon Collins
Class: 2012
High School: Dutchtown High School (Geismar, La.)
Position: Safety
Rating: Five-star, No. 1 S, No. 6 in ESPN 150
Choices: Alabama, Texas, LSU, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC
Committed: Alabama

Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Class: 2010
High School: David Douglas High School (Portland, Ore.)
Position: Defensive End
Rating: Four-star, No. 2 DE, No. 17 in ESPN 300
Choices: UCLA, Oregon State, Nebraska
Committed: UCLA

Mykkele Thompson
Class: 2011
High School: John Paul Stevens High School (San Antonio, Texas)
Position: Athlete
Rating: Three-star by ESPN, No. 60 ATH
Choices: Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M
Committed: Texas

Geremy Davis
Class: 2010
High School: Norcross High School (Norcross, Ga.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Rating: Two-star by ESPN, No. 189 WR
Choices: Connecticut, Air Force, Kent State, Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio, Western Kentucky
Committed: Connecticut

Bobby Hart
Class: 2011
High School: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: Four-star, No. 4 OT, No. 25 in ESPN 300
Choices: Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina
Committed: Florida State

Will Tye
Class: 2010
High School: Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.)
Position: Tight End
Rating: Three-star by ESPN, No. 19 TE
Choices: Florida State, Miami, North Carolina State, Temple, Wyoming
Committed: Florida State

Dwayne Harris
Class: 2006
High School: Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)
Position: Quarterback
Rating: Three-star by Rivals
Choices: East Carolina, Boston College, Central Michigan, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina
Committed: East Carolina