Super Bowl 49: Not one starter was a 5-star recruit out of high school

The front office and coaching staff of the Patriots and Seahawks are among the best in the league at finding hidden gems, but we had no clue they were this good.

The starting lineup for Super Bowl 49 will not feature any five-star recruits. We're not sure if this is the first time a Super Bowl will feature no five-star prospects, but it's pretty damn impressive. In fact, when you look at the rosters, both teams lack former high school superstars and players that played in college powerhouses.

As far as four-star recruits go, here's the breakdown: Marshawn Lynch, James Carpenter, Bruce Irvin and Byron Maxwell for Seattle; LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski and Dont'a Hightower for New England. That's it. The rest were three stars and lower. The Seahawks' starting lineup had an average rating of 2.4, while Patriots' had 2.3, according to 247Sports.

But when you think about it, it isn't as surprising as it seems. Five-stars make up less than one percent of all FBS/FCS recruits, per SB Nation. Also, the star system wasn't available at the time Tom Brady graduated out of Junipero High School in San Mateo, Calif. in 1995. Brady was good enough for Lloyd Carr at Michigan, but we'll never know if he would've been give five stars.

As far as Seattle's quarterback goes, Russell Wilson was only a two-star prospect, per Scouts and Rivals (although that tweet from SB Nation and EA Sports show him as a three-start recruit coming out of high school). His frame likely had something to do with that. Wilson, who was also a two-sport athlete at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., received scholarships from Duke before committing to North Carolina State in 2006, then transferring to Wisconsin in 2011.

Lesson here? You don't necessarily need to be a five-star recruit out of a big program to make your presence felt in the NFL. Chances are, there is still have plenty of time for growth as an athlete to become a starter in the league.

Russell Wilson was a two-star prospect when he committed to NC State in 2006.  (Getty Images)
Russell Wilson was a two-star prospect when he committed to NC State in 2006. (Getty Images)

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