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All - this is from JC Shurburtt, who heads up the national recruiting coverage for 247Sports. Please take a few to read ...
247Sports will release its final Top247 for the Class of 2013 in the coming days and I wanted to take the time to point out some specifics in our philosophy for the final rankings.
1- We will have 32 five star prospects. There are 32 first round picks in the NFL Draft and because we project to the highest upside, that number makes sense to us.
2- The position representation within those 32 will fit with NFL Draft data during the past 3-5 years. For example, there will likely be more defensive ends, offensive tackles, defensive tackles, quarterbacks and cornerbacks than safeties, centers, guards, inside linebackers and other spots. I will say that some outside linebackers that are elite pass rusher types and great athletes will be valued like defensive ends. This is due to the 3-4 defenses, etc.
3- We are not concerned with where we had a prospect ranked previously. After the final Top247 is released, there is no turning back. Our goal is to get it right in the end. If a prospect has to go from three stars to No. 2 in the country, hey we missed it up until this point.
4- We are not concerned with where any other recruiting media outlet has a prospect ranked, what they reported from an event, what their stance is on a player, who they like, etc. In football evaluation, you are going to have differences of opinion. Talk to 10 different pro scouts and 10 different college coaches and they are going to say different things. We respect where other networks have prospects ranked, which is why we have the 247Composite. Keep in mind that 247Composite rankings and ratings are what we use exclusively to calculate our team rankings formula.
5- We understand that fans are fans and you all want your commits to be ranked high. We also understand you have opinions about players and want you to express it. That being said, we would not be doing our jobs if we pandered to you if you whine, post things like “what a joke”, act like we are being bullies to a high school kid, etc. It’s our job to do this and you wouldn’t have very much fun here if we didn’t have rankings. That being said, we appreciate that what we do stirs so much passion.
Dan the mushroom hunter, the deer slayer, and diehard Buckeye fan!
You can't be serious......so you have 32 5star kids because there's 32 first round picks lol.....so if the 33rd kid is five star worthy he can't have it cause there's not 33 first round draft picks or if there's only 22 5star kids the next 10 get bumped up because there's 32 first round picks......here before you release them......what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't understand why they project to the NFL instead of college. The players are being recruited to play college football, so why not project how they will do at that level? Granted, many 5 star recruits probably do end up going high in the NFL draft, but why not evaluate them to the next level they are playing.
Time and change will surely (truly) show
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This ranking system, which is NFL draft centric, just seems wrong. This is a college board not an NFL board. Ohio State is a college team. I want to see how the recruits project at the college level. As an OSU fan I really don’t care how they project in the NFL. The best example I can give you is Archie. Definitely one of the best college players of all time but the NFL career - not so much. What I want the rankings to show me is – who is the next Archie.
I'm here for Bucknuts. Whatever the 247 people do, be it ingenius or retarded, it matters not to me. My guess is since Michigan took 17 tackles and have camp warrior QB Shane Morris in the fold, they should be a lock for number 1, given those positions get more respect than others with regards to the NFL draft.
How can you rate a HS senior with four years of CFB ahead(or three) of them as a First rounder? HOW?? If you update the star system each year...Maybe? Taco is a good example? SMH
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