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Dallas Cowboys: How Cowboys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin and more were ranked in high school by recruiting experts


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Illustration by Joshua Friemel/The Dallas Morning News


With national signing day on Feb. 6, let’s take a look at how notable Cowboys from the 2018 roster fared when it came to recruiting rankings.

Offense

Dak Prescott

Class of 2011

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: 3 stars
247 composite: 3 stars

247 had Prescott listed as the 19th best dual-threat quarterback for the Class of 2011. Other notable names included Jeff Driskel (No. 1 overall), Braxton Miller (No. 2), J.W. Walsh (No. 4), Teddy Bridgewater (No. 6), Marcus Mariota (No. 8) and Johnny Manziel (No. 9).

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott, John Burroughs, in the Bombers win over Ste. Genevieve. (Andrew Jansen/Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis)


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Ezekiel Elliott, John Burroughs, in the Bombers win over Ste. Genevieve. (Andrew Jansen/Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis)

Class of 2013

Rivals: 4 stars
ESPN: 4 stars
247 composite: 4 stars

Here’s part of ESPN’s scouting report on the RB: 

Elliot is a complete back at the high school level and projects as an every-down back in college. He has a very good blend of size, speed and strength, but is not elite in any one area. … Elliott is a very talented athlete who may get recruited as a DB and definitely as a special teams contributor.

Ezekiel Elliott the DB … interesting.

Amari Cooper 

Class of 2012

Rivals: 4 stars
ESPN: 4 stars
247 composite: 4 stars 

Michael Gallup 

Class of 2016

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 Composite: 3 stars 

Tyron Smith

Class of 2008

Rivals: 5 stars
ESPN: N/A. Scout grade of 81.
247 composite: 4 stars

Smith was the No. 15 prospect in the entire country according to Rivals.  Julio Jones (No. 4) and A.J. Green (No. 9) finished ahead of Smith. As well as Terrelle Pryor (No. 1) and Blaine Gabbert (No. 14). 

Travis Frederick

Class of 2009

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: N/A. Scout grade of 76.
247 composite: 3 stars

Zack Martin

Class of 2009

Rivals: 4 stars
ESPN: N/A. Scout grade of 81. No. 109 of ESPN’s 150.
247 composite: 4 stars

247 had one interior lineman ranked higher than Martin: Morgan Newton (Kentucky).

Cole Beasley

Quarterback Cole Beasley just before practice at the Little Elm High School football stadium.  October 8, 2007


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Quarterback Cole Beasley just before practice at the Little Elm High School football stadium. October 8, 2007

Class of 2008

Rivals: 2 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: 2 stars

Part of ESPN’s scouting report on Cole Beasley (the quarterback): “Beasley is guts and grit as both a passer and runner in the spread set which is the scheme he belongs in at the next level to be at his best. He is unconventional in his methods and lacks consistent fundamentals, but he is a tough guy with some intangibles that you respect.”

Blake Jarwin

Class of 2012

Rivals: N/A
ESPN: N/A
247 Composite: N/A

Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten

Class of 2000

Rivals: Witten graduated BEFORE Rivals started ranking recruits.
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: 4 stars

Defense

Sean Lee

Class of 2005

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: 3 stars

DeMarcus Lawrence

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 20:  Riley Nelson #13 of the BYU Cougars is brought down by Demarcus Lawrence #8 of the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)


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BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 20: Riley Nelson #13 of the BYU Cougars is brought down by Demarcus Lawrence #8 of the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Class of 2012

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: N/A

Byron Jones

Class of 2010

Rivals: 2 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: 3 stars

Jaylon Smith

Bishop Luers High School running back Jaylon Smith, right, runs off the block of Logan Dorman during the third quarter of the Knights' 35-21 win over Bremen in the Class 2A semistate game on Friday at Luers Field on Nov. 18, 2011 in Fort Wayne, IN. (Chad Ryan/Special to the The News-Sentinel)


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Bishop Luers High School running back Jaylon Smith, right, runs off the block of Logan Dorman during the third quarter of the Knights’ 35-21 win over Bremen in the Class 2A semistate game on Friday at Luers Field on Nov. 18, 2011 in Fort Wayne, IN. (Chad Ryan/Special to the The News-Sentinel)

Class of 2013 

Rivals: 5 stars
ESPN: 5 stars
247 composite: 5 stars

Of all three outlets above, ESPN had Smith ranked the lowest among all players in the Class of 2013 at seventh. He was third in the nation according to Rivals and second to 247.

Leighton Vander Esch

Class of 2014

Rivals: N/A
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: N/A

Vander Esch played eight-man football in high school. He was named All-Idaho 1A Division II Player of the Year as a senior.

Chidobe Awuzie 

Class of 2013

Rivals: 3 stars
ESPN: 3 stars
247 composite: 3 stars 

Antwaun Woods

Class of 2011

Rivals: 4 stars
ESPN: 4 stars
247 composite: 4 stars

Randy Gregory

Class of 2013

Rivals: 4 stars
ESPN: 4 stars
247 composite: 3 stars

David Irving

Class of 2011

Rivals: 2 stars
ESPN: N/A
247 composite: 2 stars

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