Most humiliatingly bad recruiting ranking
Brian: Chris Wormley and Trey Burke spring to mind.
Ace: Can first-hand agree on Wormley. I don’t know how anyone could see that guy in person and not think he at least had a good shot at the NFL.
Brian: We've talked about Wormley before. Everyone saw a huge athletic man and ranked appropriately except Josh Helmholdt. He was the #22 player... IN OHIO.
Ace: That dude was built like a house as a senior and it was clear he could add another house.
Seth: Poor Helmholdt. We've probably hung that over his head more than any one ranking by anyone in history.
Brian: He's got a few more in the pipeline if he doesn't drag Mayfield and Hayes into the top 15 in state. But this is a key factor in ridiculous rankings: you miss when everyone else is on point. Sure, nobody saw a draftable CB in Jeremy Clark but I can't blame 'em for that.
Seth: So no Kevin Grady, even though Tom Lemming made him his #7 player in the country.
In. The. Country.
Brian: A key factor, not the. You can fire away on that ranking. By Grady's second year it was clear ranking him as a five star was total nonsense.
Ace: And we were all a little leery of his film when he was a recruit. But nobody flat-out said “De’Veon Smith is better” because of those dang rankings.
Seth: You're thinking of Green.
Ace: Ah crap, same thing.
Brian: A good answer to this question is "any highly touted Michigan tailback."
Seth: A-Train was way up there. #2 overall RB I think.
Brian: A-Train was so far back in the day that it has less impact. Literal mailmen were doing rankings then.
Seth: Well I may just happen to have some of those mailed Prep Football Reports and Prepstars in reach of my desk for some reason.
Brian: Grady was worse than Green because at least Green was a legitimately huge person. I have no idea what anyone was thinking about in re: Grady.
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