Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
In looking at our recruits by position group, it is apparent that some of the wide disparities between the recruiting sites are position group specific.
In other words:
Rivals loves our offensive line haul, 247 does not. Ave position ranking: 18.7 vs. 31.1 (I included Diamond and Garnett)
247 loves our defensive line haul, ESPN does not. Ave position ranking: 15.0 vs 29.8
ESPN loves our secondary haul, Scout does not. Ave position ranking: 23.3 vs 33.5
Everybody really loves our LB haul.
So, rather than choosing to love and hate various recruiting services based on my overall perception of their kindness to this years Michigan recruits, I was wondering if there might be some MGoBloggers with knowledge of the backgrounds of the guys making evaluations.
A little personal history of the guys (i.e. former positions played/coached, at what levels, etc.) and former predictive performance by position group of previous rankings would be hugely helpful to establishing what each recruiting service has as a "specialty."
24/7 did a write-up of the top ten current linebacker classes for 2012. Michigan came in 2nd behind Alabama and ahead of Texas, USC, and Florida. There were no other Big Ten teams in the top 10:
When putting together a good group of linebackers, it doesn’t hurt to have two of the best in the nation in your back yard. That is the case with Michigan and its instate commits of James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone, both in-state prospects and both members of the Top247. As an added bonus, Michigan’s other two elite linebacker commits are out of rival Ohio State’s backyard. COMMITMENTS: James Ross, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Joe Bolden, Kaleb Ringer
Hoke/Mattison Uber Alles.
(H/T to new user Sean Connery)