Clizone - Looking Back at 2003

How accurate are recruiting rankings? The best way to find out the answer to that question is to look at past recruiting classes and see how accurate the rankings were. Iowa State signed a total of 26 players in the class of 2003, 25 high school players and 1 JUCO. The highest rated high school players in the class were Aaron Brant, Deandre Jackson, Jason Berryman, Todd Blythe and Josh Griebahn.

How accurate are recruiting rankings?  The best way to find out the answer to that question is to look at past recruiting classes and see how accurate the rankings were.  The first year that Insiders (Scout) and Rivals started ranking recruiting classes was 2002.  Since this time I have tracked the recruits that Iowa State signed and followed their progress.  I have adjusted the ratings of these recruits based on their performance on the field.

 

2003 Recruiting Class

 

Iowa State signed a total of 26 players in the class of 2003, 25 high school players and 1 JUCO.  The highest rated high school players in the class were Aaron Brant, Deandre Jackson, Jason Berryman, Todd Blythe and Josh Griebahn.  All five players received 3 stars from both Insiders (Scout) and Rivals.   Seven other players received 3 stars from Rivals but only 2 from Insiders (Scout).  Those players are Bret Meyer, John Tjaden, Mike West, Milan Moses, Taylor Schrage and Ben Barkema.  James Wright was the lone juco player that the Cyclones signed in 2003, he was given 4 stars by Insiders (Scout) and 2 stars by Rivals.

 

Iowa State really hit the jackpot with this class.  They have six players that I have rated as 4 stars or above.  The jewel of the class was Todd Blythe who I have rated as a 5 star player.  The two guys that the recruiting networks really seem to have missed on are Josh Griebahn and Brent Curvey.  Both networks had Josh Griebahn rated as a 3 star player, but he has yet to see the field and a walk-on (Bret Culbertson) has claimed his position.  Brent Curvey was rated as a two star by both networks.  He has been a starter for all three years at ISU and has earned a 4 star rating with his play.

 

The recruiting networks did a fairly good job with this class, of the six players that I have rated as 4 stars or higher, the recruiting networks pegged 4 of them.  Below is a summary of how both networks rated the 2003 high school class and my adjusted ratings.

 

Insiders (Scout) Ratings

Four Star Players – 1

Three Star Players – 5

Two Star Players – 20

 

Rivals Ratings

Three Star Players – 12

Two Star Players – 14

 

Clizone Adjusted Ratings

Five Star Players – 1

Four Star Players - 5

Three Star Players – 1

Two Star Players – 4

One Star Players – 7

Zero Star Players - 8

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the adjusted ratings on each individual recruit based on their performance on the field the last four years.

 

Five Stars (All-America)

 

Todd Blythe – He is a playmaker who has a knack for finding the end zone.  He should get the ball thrown to him a minimum of 10 times a game in 2006.

 

2003 – Red shirt

2004 – Starting WR (39 catches, 833 yards, 9 TD)

2005 – Starting WR (51 catches, 1000 yards, 9 TD)

 

Honors – Freshman All-American (2004), 1st team All Big 12 (Coaches 2005), 2nd team All Big 12 (AP 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 3 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

 

 

Four Stars (All-Conference)

 

Aaron Brant – Was pressed into action early, starting as a true freshman.  He has never left the starting lineup.

 

2003 – Starting RG

2004 – Starting RT

2005 – Starting RT

 

Honors – Honorable Mention All Big 12 (Coaches 2005), Honorable Mention All Big 12 (AP 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 3 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

 

Deandre Jackson – Played as a true freshman. He really turned it on as a sophomore and continues to improve.

 

2003 – Played in 8 games (18 tackles)

2004 – Starting CB (50 tackles, 1 INT, 10 PBU)

2005 – Starting CB (55 tackles, 5 INT, 4 FF, 1 FR, 8 PBU)

 

Honors –Honorable Mention All Big 12 (AP 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 3 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

 

Bret Meyer – Has a chance to be the best QB in Iowa State history.

 

2003 – Red shirt

2004 – Starting QB (1926 passing yards, 10 TD) (144 carries, 331 yards, 2 TD)

2005 – Starting QB (2876 passing yards, 19 TD) (133 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD)

 

Honors – Freshman All-American (2004), Honorable Mention All Big 12 (Coaches 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

Brent Curvey –  Big play Curvey has started since his true freshman year and has found the end zone 3 times.

 

2003 – Starting DE (63 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FR)

2004 – Starting DT (52 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 FR, 2 TD)

2005 – Starting DT (61 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 8.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FR, 1 BLK, 1 TD)

 

Honors – 2nd Team All Big 12 (Coaches 2005), 2nd Team All Big 12 (AP 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

   Rivals 2 stars

 

Jason Berryman –  It is sad that his ISU career is over.  He did enough in two years to justify the 4 star rating.

 

2003 – Starting DE (110 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR)

2004 – DNP

2005 – Starting DE (72 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 11 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 PBU)

 

Honors – Honorable Mention All Big 12 (Coaches 2005), Honorable Mention All Big 12 (AP 2005)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 3 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

 

Three Stars (Starters for most BCS teams)

 

Ben Barkema – He was the last guy that ISU signed in 2003.  He should have a great career as a Cyclone.

 

2003 – Red shirt

2004 – Starting TE (5 catches, 53 yards, 1 TD)

2005 – Starting TE (18 catches, 244 yards, 2 TD)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

   Rivals 3 stars

 

Two Stars (Role players for most BCS teams)

 

James Wright – The lone juco player in the class started playing better at the end of his career 

 

2003 – Part-Time Starter TE (3 catches, 27 yards)

2004 – Starting TE (14 catches, 126 yards)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 4 stars

                           Rivals 2 stars

 

Milan Moses – Had a good start to his career with 14 catches in 2004, played sparingly in 2005 while he battled Crohn's disease. If healthy, he would have the potential to be a 4 star player.

 

2003 – Red shirt

2004 – Backup WR (14 catches, 155 yards)

2005 – Played sparingly (4 catches, 41 yards)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

                           Rivals 3 stars

 

Caleb BergHas played behind Moser the past two years.  He will have his chance to shine in 2006.

 

2003 – Red shirt

2004 – Backup SS (10 tackles)

2005 – Backup SS (6 tackles, 1 block)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

                           Rivals 2 stars

 

Kurtis TaylorContributed on special teams in 2005.  He will be asked to step up his game this year with the loss of Berryman.

 

2003 - Gray shirt

2004 – Red shirt

2005 – Backup DE (7 tackles)

 

Original Rating: Insiders (Scout) 2 stars

                           Rivals 2 stars

 

 

One Star (Likely to contribute to the team on the field)

 

Josh Griebahn - He was mentioned recently by Mac as a potential replacement for Yelk on kickoffs in 2006. (Insiders 3 stars, Rivals 3 stars)

Brandon CookHe hasn't seen the field.  He needs to be ready to contribute in 2007.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

John Tjaden – Played in mop up duty last season.  He needs to be ready to contribute in 2007.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Bastian Schober - He hasn't seen the field.  He needs to be ready to contribute in 2007.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Tom Schmeling - He hasn't seen the field.  He needs to be ready to contribute in 2007.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Brandon TinlinPlayed sparingly in 2005. He will face additional competition at TE in 2006 with several freshmen coming out of their red shirts.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Matt Scherbring – Played in 10 games and recorded 5 tackles in 2003.  Will he see the field again?

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

 

 

Zero Stars (Not likely to contribute to the team on the field)

 

Taylor Schrage – He was injured early in his career and never had a chance to contribute.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Mike West – He didn't make the grades out of high school and never made it on campus.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Ron PrelowHe hasn't seen the field and it doesn't look promising that he ever will.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Dominique FlowerHe has the talent to play Division 1 football but he couldn't balance being a football player and a student.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

 

Nick DavidsonHe came in overweight and never had the discipline to keep in playing shape.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Steve Allen – He didn't make the grades out of high school.  He was signed by Nebraska earlier this year.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Anthony WalkerHe is the guy that was snapping pop flies to the QB's at the spring game last year.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

Nate MechaelsenHe has an uphill battle for playing time with Meyer, Beck and Arnaud in front of him.

(Insiders 2 stars, Rivals 2 stars)

 


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