Wednesday is the dog and pony shows of all dog and pony shows National Signing Day for high school football players.Of course, not every signing will pan out at the college level and only a small percentage will make the NFL.With that in mind, I looked up several Redskins players and how they were recruited (rankings are from Web searches of Rivals and USA Today databases):CB Kevin Barnes: No. 36-ranked safety. Went to Maryland.DE Adam Carriker: A 235-pound quarterback from Kennewick, Wash., was ranked No. 46 among rush defensive ends and went to Nebraska. Also offered by Oregon State.NT Barry Cofield: Ranked No. 50 among strong-side defensive ends in 2003 and was offered by Indiana, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt before going to Northwestern.QB Rex Grossman: Mr. Football in Indiana (1998), top 15 nationally, Parade All-America. Went to Florida.RB Roy Helu: Ranked No. 55 nationally at his position in 2007 but not among the top 100 in California. Went to Nebraska.LB Ryan Kerrigan: Offered by Ball State, Cincinnati, Indiana and Northern Illinois and signed with Purdue. Was rated fourth in the state of Indiana.S LaRon Landry: Stayed home at LSU after also getting offers from Florida and Miami (Fla.). Ranked fifth in Louisiana and 87th in nation.LB Brian Orakpo: Offered by Colorado, Houston, Missouri, Stanford and Texas A&M and waited out Texas for an offer that eventually materialized. Ranked No. 23 in Texas.WR Niles Paul: Tops in Nebraska, 10th nationally among receivers and 73rd overall in nation. Stayed at home to play for Cornhuskers.LB Perry Riley: Settled on LSU after visiting Tennessee. Ranked 26th at outside linebacker and 21st overall in state of Georgia.LT Trent Williams: Signed with Oklahoma, also visited LSU and Oklahoma State. Ranked 28th nationally but as a guard in 2006.DL Doug Worthington: Ranked 80th in USA, fifth at defensive end and second in New York state. Before signing with Ohio State, visited Alabama, Boston College, Wisconsin and Florida.
Signing day: How the Redskins rated
February 1, 2012, 10:33 am