insomuch as we all listen to these guys on the commercial websites and we put too much stock in their opinions. To me, if these guys of rivals or scout were really any good at evaluating talent, then they would be on a staff somewhere. Or at the very least, they would would have a football pedigree, not some ex-postal worker. You can't dismiss the rankings entirely, but you have to understand that there are many factors that go into the rankings and not all of them are attributable to football skills, stats, or physical traits. Also, has anyone ever tried to compare offenses these days in college football? I don't know how one compiles an all-inclusive criteria for position players without taking into account the offensive scheme they play in and/or will play in college.
I trust the UM coaches now more than the pay site gurus do and if they want to recruit the guys they feel are perfect for them, then screw what some dude living in his mom's basement thinks about a 4'-9" slot receiver from the swamps of Arizona.