This is just something that's been brewing in my mind for a while now, but is it possible that the reason a lot of Michigan's recruits have received awfully low rankings is because they committed so early? My reasoning behind this is that a large part of the motivation behind the scouting services, especially ESPN, is building hype and interest as signing day approaches. If players are already committed long before signing day, there is obviously less drama and less to hype. Obviously for this to be true it would have to happen to every team's recruits, and I'm not familiar with whether or not this is happening to other team's recruits or not. Thus, that's why it's just a theory. I realize it's rather tin-foil hat-ish, but it's just something that has stuck in my mind for some reason.
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