New Rivals Rankings

Submitted by gremlin on June 13th, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Both AJ Williams, and Devin Funchess given 3 stars and a 5.7 rating. 



June 13th, 2011 at 12:34 PM ^

they've ranked a few three stars at each position, but still not many.  for instance, i'm surprised that kaleb ringer still isn't ranked.

wormley was the lone SDE given a 3rd star.  so they have him on the precipice of a 4th.


June 13th, 2011 at 12:49 PM ^

I thought Rivals ranked all the four stars, and then all the three stars. Since they are now ranking three stars, does that mean they don't consider Mario a four-star?

I was thinking along the same lines as you guys. Since he's playing in an AA game, most services will rank him a four-star player.


June 13th, 2011 at 12:43 PM ^

I think they are adding them now by position.  So they probably went through all offense skills positions.  Now Line (which is why Braden has just showed up).  They will then go to Defense.  This makes sense since there's no article or announcement for the 3 stars.  So we can literally watch Rivals add their rankings in real time.


June 13th, 2011 at 12:44 PM ^

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<br>@christiansack The position rankings are being updated as we speak, state rankings next week, team rankings to follow.


June 13th, 2011 at 12:47 PM ^

why AJ Williams is ranked exactly the same as Funchess?

Funchess is a prototypical TE, with the 40 time and receiving #s to match it..

And im not convinced that AJ WIlliams wont end up as a OG or a blocking TE exclusively


June 13th, 2011 at 12:53 PM ^

Different types of TEs, but both good at the part they play.  It's like scout ranking all QBs under one category instead of pro-style and dual threat, or players like Shittu and Pipkins both being DTs, though they wil be different types of DTs in college.


June 13th, 2011 at 1:15 PM ^

Exactly - not every guy at each position is going to play the same style.  Compare a guy like Bri'onte Dunn and that kid from Dr Phillips who went to Alabama whose name I've forgotten.  One is 6'2" and 220 and one is 5'8" and maybe 180, but both are running backs.  Sometimes you want a small, quick type back and sometimes you want a bowling ball.

Same goes for TEs.  Both of those guys have strengths and weaknesses.  Funchess has the receiving numbers, but he's 205lbs and will need a few years to get the bulk necessary to block on the line.  Williams has all the size already to play TE in the Big Ten, but might never be a major receiving threat.  However, what each of them do well, they do very well, and Rivals feels they'll be somewhat equally valuable.


June 13th, 2011 at 1:18 PM ^

At some point, it's hard to project and differentiate kids.  Ranking is probably hard enough withot having to determine whether the kid is the #3 WDE-who-could-play-OLB-in-a-3-4-defense"  or the #4 WDE-who-could-bulk-up-and-play-some-3-tech-DT.


June 13th, 2011 at 1:19 PM ^

Still waiting on Mario, Ringer, Standifer, Godin and Gant.  I expect all but Gant to be high 3 stars as well, guys who could be 4's as the season goes on.  For whatever reason, the sights don't seem to like Gant, but I'm OK with that.


June 13th, 2011 at 1:24 PM ^

I also noticed recently that Rivals has upped their listed weight for Godin from 265 to 270.  Not that 5 pounds is a lot, but at the very least it's a good indicator that his weight has been accurate from the get go.  It also ups his chances of playing a 3-tech, since he might be over 280 before he even steps on campus.


June 13th, 2011 at 4:19 PM ^

That was a horrible movie.

Not only because it was genuinely a horrible movie, but it revealed American youths' stupidity when those kids got killed trying to re-enact the part where the players laid down in the middle of the road.

"Hey, I've got an idea!  Let's cast a short, slow, noodle-armed quarterback as a Heisman candidate!  It will be totally believable, guys!  This movie's gonna be a hit!"


June 13th, 2011 at 4:28 PM ^

Great movie, are you serious?

Yes, I recall that tragedy and they deleted that scene from the movie.  But are you serious?  Joe Kane?  Tim "All the" Weiman (Michigan Heisman Trophy Winner), Alvin Mack calling out his assignments, Darnell Jefferson as starting tailback?

I much more enjoy reading the opinions of Tim, Tom and DG Destroys who don't blurt out their random opinions about every minor posting on the board.  I feel like those guys are more respectful.  Magnus, while I believe that you provide a valuable service to the board, you don't let your work speak for itself.  Rather, you have to engage in every little debate and make it sound like your opinion is worth more than others.

For the sake of the board, please take a lesson from Tim, Tom, and DG Destroys -- who let their hard work speak for itself.



June 13th, 2011 at 5:59 PM ^

WTF are you talking about?

You say Latimer, I say that was a horrible movie, you respond with the comment "Great movie, are you serious?"...

...and somehow you're now accusing me of being intolerant of others' opinions?

Look in the mirror.

I know, I still hate me because I said the state of New Jersey sucks.  You'll probably never get over that and you'll hate me forever because I don't like your home state.  I can live with that.

But you can save the sermon.  I couldn't care less whether you think I'm "respectful" or not.  Your anger over my dislike of the movie "The Program" has approximately a zero percent chance of altering my posting habits.


June 13th, 2011 at 2:06 PM ^

Man Rivals sure is slow to evaluate players. How have they not evaluated Kaleb Ringer and Mario Ojemudia, let alone Allen Gant and Anthony Standifer?  It is not like these guys are under the radar players. And Mario/Ringer are highly rated guys, while Standifer has blown up over the last month or so.  They all have some major offers.  Rivals just really tends to do a poor job of evaluating Midwest talent.