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Stars and Player ratings. Nice breakdown

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Stars and Player ratings. Nice breakdown

Excerpts from the College Football News.


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Q:The sound and fury of the media hype of signing day is over. We all know that many of the 5-star recruits will not pan out; we also know that many of the nation's top players will be unheralded sleepers who (out of high school) weren't even deemed worthy of a rating. Is the media (and recruiting gurus) somewhat responsible for their recruiting lists' inaccuracies?

That is, without the hype, would the talented, yet 'snubbed' recruit with only 2 or 3 stars have had the impetus to train just a bit harder, feeling slightly disrespected, and a few years later working his way to becoming a first day pick? Maybe he needed the motivation of not receiving a high rating. Conversely, does the 5-star recruit (because of the media) sometimes feel as if he has already reached the summit, and doesn't work as hard, thereby never becoming a superstar on the field?

In your opinion, if recruiting weren't such a publicized thing, would recruiting gurus' lists be more accurate? (Of course the same thing applies to the NFL Draft) - Woody

A: While a snubbed recruit might work a little harder to try to prove he?s worthy of being among the best of the best, I attribute the ridiculousness and the tremendous waste of time spent on ranking recruits to two things. 1) It?s an inexact science. You can know everything there is to know about a college player from his background to how he plays at a high level to his personality through endless film study, interviews and scouting, and you can still get it very, very wrong. Now imagine projecting a high school student and how well he?ll do. Crank the flake factor up ten-fold. 2) High school bodies still need time to develop. A 17-year-old body still needs at least two-to-three years to mature. Some guys who didn?t appear to be that big a deal when they were 18, blossom over a few years in a weight room and become amazing football talents. Also remember that some guys just can?t handle the college life. Even though they have tutors and all the assistance in the world to help them out, college players still have to adjust to the coursework along with the full-time job of playing football.

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Stars and Player ratings. Nice breakdown

Ouch!!! Before the Internet they never had the star program. This guy hit the nail on the head and I also believe most of what someone is comes from the evaluations done at Camp. Most of this stuff is what the Pro Scouts do but you have to remember this is after tons of film and evaluating the player as a matured individual. You can find a kid that didn't get high marks at the Nike Camp but on the field is tremendous.
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