Seahawks’ roster lacked star power coming out of high school

Safety Earl Thomas was one of three Seattle players to earn a four-star grade coming out of high school.
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The Seattle Seahawks have a bevy of stars, but none of the five-star variety – at least when it came to the college recruiting trail.

To mark the occasion of Wednesday’s national signing day set, the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta took a look back at the number of high-profile recruits on the 2015 roster of the Seattle Seahawks. There weren’t many.

The Seahawks did not have one player who was a consensus top-five scholastic recruit while only three players – running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Earl Thomas and center Patrick Lewis – earned ratings of four stars.

In one respect, that’s not a surprise for Seattle, which has gotten a lot of mileage out of under-the-radar players since Pete Carroll took over as head coach in 2010. This season was a prime example as the Seahawks had 24 undrafted free agents on the 53-man roster entering December.

Quarterback Russell Wilson typified the rankings of the majority of Seattle’s roster. He was among 11 players who received three starts, a group that included standout cornerback Richard Sherman, left tackle Russell Okung and safety Kam Chancellor – all Pro Bowl selections this season.