5-star coaches usually weren’t 5-star players | LimaOhio.com

COLUMBUS — Recruiting is one of the most important parts of being a big-time college football coach in 2017.

Coaches spend a great deal of time pursuing the 4-star and 5-star athletes who will take the programs to the highest levels of college football or keep it there.

There is no doubt these coaches can recognize the 4-stars and 5-stars. But how did some of these coaches rank as athletes when they were playing?

Saturday night’s Ohio State-Oklahoma game illustrated that your coaching future is not necessarily predicted by your playing career. Both Urban Meyer and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley were walk-ons when they played college football.

Here’s a look at how the Big Ten’s 14 football coaches ranked as athletes:

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