I believe the star system utilized by sites like rivals should be destroyed. It's false hopes built on conjecture. Take Kansas and Notre Dame. Mangino built a 12-1 football team with 3 four-star recruits. Say what you will about their schedule, there's something to be said for recruiting intangibles. Notre Dame has had some of the best recruiting classes in the country in the past four years, but they have never approached the look of a BCS-worthy team.
This was originally figured out by a friend, but I thought it was worth posting.
Rivals High 4 (loosely based on top 15 or so in the positional rankings) and 5 star recruits from PSU classes ’04 to ’07:
Flame-outs for various reasons:
Contributed but Underperformed Hype/Stars:
The QB Who Shall Not Be Named (rhymes with "Lorelli")
On the Fence:
Derrick Williams (not up to hype)
Andrew Quarless (improving)
Starting/Contributing 2 Stars (or less) this season:
Note: It’s a bit unfair because there are so many more 2s than 5s out there making for a better opportunity to pick and choose who pans out. But we seem to be far better with diamonds in the rough than the supposed jewels of the class.