Are recruiting rankings scientific, or guesswork?

by Gary Shelton on January 28, 2015 · 1 comment

in College Sports in Florida, Florida State University, general, University of Florida

Wednesday, 6:20 a.m.

Somewhere, in the fields of California, there is a high school running back. He's fast. He's strong. He's elusive. He scored a lot of touchdowns.

Somewhere, in the outskirts of South Florida, there is another high school running back. He's quck. He's durable. He's shifty. He gained a lot of yards.

So which one is better?

And how can you be sure?

This is a silly exercise, really, the art of trying to measure 18-year-old kids against each other like prize steers. There are no common opponents.

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Cecil DeBald January 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

I read an article that said 5-star recruits are, by some big factor, more likely to be drafted by the NFL than 1-star recruits. I wondered at the time why they didn’t compare 5-star to 4-star rather than 1-star if they were trying to make the point that the high school ratings are accurate, I suspect 5-star to 4-star wouldn’t make their case.


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