August 4th, 2011 at 11:36 PM ^

That a commitment to any high profile program would cause a rankings jump this early in the process. The services have to sift through tons and tons of tape, and a nonranked prospect who commits to a big name school would cause his tape to get reviewed faster and maybe with a bit more scrutiny than an uncommitted prospect who hadn't really been on the radar.

Keep in mind I have zero idea how they actually go through and evaluate recruits, so that could be completely off base. Just throwing ideas out into the void.

Stephen Y

August 4th, 2011 at 11:50 PM ^

I firmly believe that prospect rankings have a direct correlation to offers/interest from schools. I.E. The more high profile schools offer a kid, the higher his ranking. Just my observation over the years

Zone Left

August 5th, 2011 at 7:15 AM ^

They definitely have a direct correlation. Better players get better offers. The best staffs are also considered to be among the best evaluators of talent, so taking their opinion into account only makes sense.


August 5th, 2011 at 10:40 AM ^

While it's probably rare to see a 4* FB it's not out of the question.  Brandon Minor was seen as a FB by Rivals and a 4*…


Scout saw him as a 4* running back, and I remember a lot of discussion about the fact that he probably wasn't really a fullback when he committed to Michigan.


August 5th, 2011 at 12:26 AM ^

Recruiting a FB is a bit of a crapshoot from a rankings perspective - if the coaches believe in the kid, I don't really care about how the recruiting sites view him.

Of course, if a school like Michigan is willing to offer a guy a scholarship at FB, he must be a reasonably good prospect, so it makes sense that the sites re-evaluate, but it is tough for me to get excited one way or another.


August 5th, 2011 at 12:45 AM ^

Glad to hear that we've offered a fullback with some solid rankings, I have to agree with Brian, fullback is a waning position in a modern game. But Sione seems like a more versatile FB that would fit into an Al Borges offense.


August 5th, 2011 at 3:27 AM ^

Good for our class rankings numbers, ultimately irrelevant.

I don't really think true FBs will ever get 4 or 5 stars because if they were that good they would be playing at a more glorified position just based on the decline of the FB in a lot of offenses.

Still though a guy like Kevin Dudley was one of my favorite Michigan players when he was playing. If Sione can bring anything like that to the table with maybe a bit more ability catching the ball I'll be very happy.


August 5th, 2011 at 11:10 AM ^

Sorry for posting OT on the thread but I can't create my own.  Anyway, Rivals is doing a series that looks to be something along the lines of the top 100 high school football teams this year and today featured Colerain as team #15 with Joe Bolden listed as the star of the show. 

Nothing really new here, just thought it was more solid recognition for a UM commit that others might like to see. Here's the link: