Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses knows exactly what he was ranked during the recruiting process.

"I think I was No. 5 overall on ESPN and No. 1 overall athlete in the country,” the sophomore said this week.

It’s true. He was a unanimous five-star recruit in Alabama’s loaded 2017 class, ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 32 overall player nationally by both 247Sports and Rivals.

Most recruits know what their ranking or at least their star rating is. Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell said he thinks “99.9 percent” know their rating. 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons estimated that 95 percent of recruits have some level of awareness of their ranking.

“It’s almost endearing when we talk to a kid who doesn’t know what his rating is or what 247Sports is,” Simmons said. “That is a kid that is not focused on external factors that don’t matter.”

The rankings come early and often. 247Sports issues its first rankings for football prospects as their sophomore year of high school begins. Rivals begins ranking them upon the conclusion of their sophomore seasons. That means players may be ranked as young as 15 or 16 years old.

Recruiting can begin even earlier. Moses was an extreme case, receiving unofficial offers and attention from major programs while he was still in eighth grade.

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