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National Signing Day: Giants high school resumes

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

Damontre Moore
Class: 2010
High School: Rowlett (Rowlett, Texas)
Position: Defensive End
Rating: Three-star, No. 32 DE
Choices: Baylor, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
Committed: Texas A&M

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

Gear up for your Saturday by taking a look back at current Giants playing college ball!



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: Three-star, 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


Damontre Moore

Class: 2010

High School: Rowlett (Rowlett, Texas)

Position: Defensive End

Rating: Three-star, No. 32 DE

Choices: Baylor, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

Committed: Texas A&M


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

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