I don't like N/A as a rating as it changes your sample size from recruiting class to McBean class. There was a reason that these guys didn't see the field. They need to be 2-McBeans in my opinion. I know that this further kills a class rating...but they represent undeveloped talent. Now maybe they transferred and played elsewhere (Gutierrez for example) but they should be rated somehow OR eliminated from the recruiting class entirely (even the Rivals side). But I don't like that solution as we are trying to correlate (Rivals) recruiting ratings with actual college performance.
Some thoughts on 2003:
I really like these ratings. I renew my N/A objection.
As a preface to my next portion, let's remember that as Rivals thinks about recruits nationally, we also have to think about McBeans nationally. A team MVP need not be a 5-star. You wouldn't argue that the best player on NIU should be a 5-star McBean player. We must take care to rate our favorite players without passion if we intend to truly make this exercise worthwhile.
On to 2004 (let the negging begin):
Henne = 4* McBean. He wasn't All-American. He was never an All Big 10 first teamer (2nd team 2006, Hon Mention 2004). Not a borderline case (and his draft status is too low anyway). IF he had been healthy his senior year...well, I'll just say that my story might change a bit. But he just didn't rise to that level of excellence.
Hart = 4* McBean. Played in the "national shadow" of Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden. 1st team all B10 in 2004 and 2006, 2nd team All B10 in 2007. But he was not All-American. If we admit borderline, his draft status is too low to truly warrant 5-star rating.
Alan Branch is an interesting borderline case. He wasn't All-American though. I will not be as vehement in changing his rating to 4-star. I believe that the reason that they choose to use DL (instead of DT and DE) is to pick up more of the gaudy stat guys rather than the double-team eating man-beasts. (You can make the same argument about RB instead of TB and FB.)
Rogers, Chetham, Allison - I renew my N/A objection.
(Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Look at all my MGoPoints disappear!)