It’s an interesting exercise to look backwards on national signing day

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Many college football fans act like astronomers today. They “star gaze.”

Fans of the college game have been conditioned to count the number of stars (as assigned by recruiting analysts) received by each of the players, who sign national letters of intent today.

The rating services assign these “star” ratings on players – some of whom they’ve never seen play nor met personally – and we gobble up the info as though it is a solid indicator of future success.

As you rationalize your own grades for the class that Paul Rhoads announces Wednesday, just reflect on the contributions that Aaron Horne, Tom Farniok, Jacob Gannon, Albert Gary, Kirby Van Der Kamp, Deon Broomfield, Jake Knott, Josh Lenz, Jeremy Reeves, Jacques Washington, Brayden Burris, Carter Bykowski, Cleyon Laing and Stephen Ruempolhamer have made to the Cyclone program.

On a five-star scale, all of them were slotted as “two-star” recruits according to Rivals.com when they signed with Iowa State.

P.S. Be sure to follow cyclones.com for the latest recruiting news all day. We’ll have the official information on the newest Cyclones posted there first.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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