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Recruiting - Destroy the Star System

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:

Josh Marks

Antonio Logan-el

Phil Taylor

Chris Bell

Greg Harrison

Joel Holler

 

Contributed but Underperformed Hype/Stars:

The QB Who Shall Not Be Named (rhymes with "Lorelli")

Justin King

Austin Scott

 

Panned out:

Dan Connor

AQ Shipley

Mo Evans

 

On the Fence:

Derrick Williams (not up to hype)

Jerome Hayes

Pat Devlin

Andrew Quarless (improving)

AJ Wallace

 

Starting/Contributing 2 Stars (or less) this season:

Tony Davis

Mark Rubin

Drew Astorino

Abe Koroma

Ollie Ogbu

Anthony Scirrotto

Josh Hull

Stephfon Green

Daryll Clark

Kevin Kelly

Deon Butler

Jordan Norwood

Mickey Shuler

 

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.

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