PLAYER RANKINGS (do they matter?). Let the debate!

Do you favor consolidating player rating talk into one place? And out of the player threads?

  • Yes

    Votes: 110 68.8%
  • No

    Votes: 50 31.3%

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#26

BigSteve09

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Low ranked kids can become good players. Teams with mostly high ranked players are winning championships.


people will love to point out the 3 star who had an amazing career and made the NFL but fails to point out that the teams winning it all every year signed majority 4-5 star players.
Doug Atkins didn't have no stars and look at what he done
 
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#28
Everyone who loves to talk about the theory, practice, competence, manipulation, and effect of the star system and player rankings should have a special place to devoted to this interest imo.

Also, the RF would benefit -- not only by having all the opinions and information on this subject in one place -- but the individual individual player thread would benefit because news specific to recruits would not be overwhelmed by posts about rankings in general.

If someone quoted your post in a player thread and posted and replied to it here, do you think it would help to have everything in one place?

Would some people knowledgeable on and interested in player rankings be willing to take the lead here and explain why how much rankings matter? Ot how they don't?
I think this is a good idea. Some people on here are very knowledgeable when it comes to rankings, stats, etc. and have well informed perspectives on these issues. I think you’ll find though that if the usual suspects (sjt and/or others) keep shouting down members with differing opinions, then this thread will become the same type of hot mess that we’ll do our best to avoid.
 
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This is a page for the same old "If we don't have a number one ranked recruiting class the ___________________" (ie coach is clueless, season is a bust, I will give my donation to someone else, and "anyone who doesn't agree with me is an idiot jerk") crowd will fill with venom. Way to go OP!
 
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It’s not about rankings.
If they’re coachable
If they’re willing to sacrifice
If they’re a team guy
If they buy in

Give me a bunch of those guys and I’ll win a lot of ball games.
 
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#32
A lot of this is an argument over semantics. There’s not a soul on here who wouldn’t prefer a higher ranked player or a higher ranked overall class to a lower one, all things being equal. In the aggregate, higher ranked players and higher ranked recruiting classes tend to have and lead to greater success, respectively.

Where some folks, myself included, have a gripe is the notion that rankings themselves have intrinsic value. They do not. The kid makes the stars, the stars don’t make the kid.

An analogy:
In general, I would rather go to the lake when the meteorologist hasn’t called for rain. However, the meteorologist’s prediction isn’t what ultimately matters to me; what matters is whether it’s raining or not. Following the meteorologist’s prediction will tend to keep me from being on the lake in a storm more often than not, but no meteorologist is right all the time. It would be foolish of me, then, to conflate the actual conditions with the meteorologist’s prediction. They are not the same thing. The meteorologist’s prediction therefore has value to me insofar as it tells me what conditions are, but that value is derivative.
 
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#33
Boy this topic is never going to end. It’s too exhausting to deal with on here. People say them same things and nothing changes. Let it go and watch your team play. Not much else you can do and both sides are beating there head together trying to prove points. In the end nothing has changed. Let’s play football because I have had my fill of star debates and NIL. GBO! It’s Football Time in Tennessee!
 
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I think some positions are more accurate than others. Lineman seem to me to be more accurate than positions like WR, RB, DB. In my opinion anyway
 
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#35
Low ranked kids can become good players. Teams with mostly high ranked players are winning championships.


people will love to point out the 3 star who had an amazing career and made the NFL but fails to point out that the teams winning it all every year signed majority 4-5 star players.
Really, over the last 3 years composite, 300 4&5 stars were drafted and 450 2&3 stars were drafted. Oh yeah, for the billionth time, 1000 4&5 stars were passed by the low star guys for that to happen.

For sure the truly talented guys the top schools get 4 stars, but so do a bunch of other guys that don’t hold up.
 
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#36
Low ranked kids can become good players. Teams with mostly high ranked players are winning championships.


people will love to point out the 3 star who had an amazing career and made the NFL but fails to point out that the teams winning it all every year signed majority 4-5 star players.


OH please. Details! Details! But... But... What about Cedric Tillman?;)
 
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So you are saying those teams were talented AS A RESULT OF being ranked higher? I just responded to more of BOT's non-sense in another thread. It is pretty easy for them to take a peak at who Saban, Day, Smart, and Swinney are recruiting... look at their measurables then slap a high rating on them. They know those programs are winners, send lots of guys to the NFL, and have a great process for recruiting.

But when the recruiting sites have to go more on their own... they simply DO NOT predict winners. IIRC, only 9 of the final top 25 last year had averaged a top 25 class in the previous 4 years.


Here are the standings from last year and the 4 year composite talent ranking in the SEC according to 247:

UGA- 2
UK- 12
UT- 7
MU- 13
USCe- 8
UF- 4
Vandy- 14

Bama- 1
OM- 9
Ark- 10
MSU- 11
TAM- 5
Aub- 6
LSU- 3

You can attribute part of that to coaching but the West according to the talent 247 says each program has... is essentially upside down. They can take cues from UGA and Bama but when they have to evaluate more on their own... they don't predict winners. Recruiting rankings do not predict winners... except for the really easy predictions.
Then why do those programs all have 3 star players listed as signing with them if they're just giving artificially high grades for being committed to a specific team?

Yes recruiting rankings predict winners. In math we call this a "strong correlation".

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#42

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Recruiting sites piggy back off of successful program offers. There are obvious elite recruits in every class and they have typically ended up at Bama, UGA, OSU, and Clemson over the last ten years.

My biggest issue with recruiting sites is they bump a lot of 3 stars that commit to the programs I mentioned above which inflates the class ranking, when in reality it’s a crapshoot after the top 100 players.

Bottom line, football programs have their own recruiting databases that are much better than 247, Rivals, etc. These sites are for the fans.
 
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Yes in aggregate and on average stars matter. Are there 3 star hero’s and 5 star zeros, sure. Do more 3s make to NFL than 5s, yes…population is in their favor. Are top 5 classes better than classes ranked 15-20, all day. Stars matter, move on.
 
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There is an undeniable correlation between recruiting rankings and success. But the services adjust their rankings based on what proven staffs do on the trail. Hundreds of good players are overlooked, and probably just as many are overvalued every year.

But generally speaking, yes, the rankings are useful.
 

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