Re: Rivals.com rankings -
OSU shows how flawed these rankings are.
(From Terry Pluto of the Akron Beacon Journal)
Remember that famed 2002 Buckeye recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the nation by several services?
According to Scout.com, the highest rated player was linebacker Mike D'Andrea, No. 8 in the country. He rarely played for the Buckeyes because of major injuries.
Other big names were Maurice Clarett (now in prison), Justin Zwick (a backup quarterback) and Mike Kudla, who had an impressive college career battling through major illnesses and injuries. He was not drafted, went to camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was sidetracked by injuries and cut.
The best player of that class turned out to be A.J. Hawk, now with the Green Bay Packers.
Scout uses a five-star system. The more stars, the better. Hawk was a middle-of-the-pack, three-star guy.
Ever hear of a kid named Rob Sims? An offensive lineman from Nordonia High? They gave him three stars. He's now an NFL starter with the Seattle Seahawks.
How about T.J. Downing from GlenOak High? They gave him two stars. He was named first-team all-Big Ten as an offensive lineman.
What about Nick Mangold, a starter for the New York Jets? He received ONE star, but he was a first-round NFL pick. Jay Richardson also was a one-star player but started as a senior on the defensive line.
It's just like first-round draft choices in the NFL, compared with guys picked in the later