Tip o' the hat to 215Wall's post to light this fire. I started tracking Scout's star ranking for PSU recruits and gave them my own ranking through their college careers. Scout's web site star ratings (in parenthesis) only go back to the class of 2002 so I'll start there. Previous classes may be addressed later, if I feel like it or if someone else wants to give it a go. Feel free to recommend revisions by making a case for or against a particular player rating.
Here's how I rate them based solely on their college performance, not necessarily NFL projections:
5 stars, These are the guys that would have started on any top 5 team in the country, Most are All-Americans or 1st team Big Ten
Tamba Hali (4) and Levi Brown (4) two guys gettin' paid on sundays.
4 stars: Top level D1-A Ballers, A notch down from the 5 stars but if you filled your team with these guys you'd bring home the BCS-MNC, most of these made All Conference teams and some AA consideration.
Tim Shaw (2), Jay Alford (3) and Jeremy Kapinos (4)
3 stars: Quality D1-A starters
Calvin Lowry (3), Donnie Johnson (3), Ed Johnson (1) and BranDon Snow (4) The one star scout ranking for Ed Johnson is interesting, does anyone know if the character issues were recognized while he was in high school? Lowry is probably gets an additional half star.
2 stars: Quality backups because you've got to have depth
Chris Auletta (3), Robert Price (3), Steve Roach (3), and Mark Farris (4)
1 star: Depth Chart/practice squad fodder
Patrick Hall (1)
Washouts: This may be a harsh tag for some due to injuries or other extenuating circumstances but a lot of them didn't have the work ethic to stick it out.
J.R. Zwierzynski (3), Brian Borgoyn (4), Lee Lispi (3), Josh Hannum (3), Jim Kanuch (4) Marice Humphrey (3) and Chris Wilson (1)
Overall, this class turned out all right and helped pull us out of the dark years. 2 Five stars, 3 fours, and 4 threes, 9 quality D1-A players out of 21 recruits.