Stars And Gripes

Whether it's too many or too little, recruiting and the "stars" associated with it will always be under fire. I know, I know, Chris Fetters, rival networks, and everyone else involved in the rating process are diligent in their effort to bury the little guy and simultaneously butter the USCs-of-the-world's bread, but is this really another example of "the man keepin' us down?"

Is it an Oliver Stone movie in the making?

Or does it really matter at all?

While logic says that business is business and those within the business of recruiting have nothing to gain from a bias of this manner, emotion and bitterness are singing a different tune.

You know, the tune that tops the charts of every fan or graduate whose grip on his team is arguably a little too tight. The tune that sounds strikingly similar to that of the "first-time-caller-long-time-listener" to any broadcast leaning entirely too far in either direction of the political scale. The tune whose chorus, "everyone's against you, trust no one" rings constantly in the ears of both the aforementioned.

This tune, while entertaining at times, is very inhibiting when it comes to rational thinking.

A rational thinker rarely hears this tune, yet if and when he or she does, they are able to drown it out with the voice of reason. A voice which calmly says; "hear not what thou wants to hear, but that which makes sense and most likely is true."

There's nothing to be gained by fudging recruiting rankings, for what makes one fanatic happy is certain to make another one not. You're always going to have a winner and a loser, so it's irrelevant who falls into which category.

Now this next part is important, so listen closely…it really doesn't matter.

It doesn't matter what players are ranked and where teams finish in recruiting rankings. It may be interesting and fun to follow, but games aren't decided and programs aren't built on paper. They're built on character, hard work, and good coaching, all of which are absent from the ranking process, a process which relies heavily on physical standards (size, speed, strength, etc.) and far too little on intangibles such as heart, desire, and football IQ.

While a forty yard dash, bench press and genial pedigree may be important factors in a players potential at a given level, it is his desire and competitiveness which allows him to reach said potential at any level.

Contrarily, a lack of such intangibles can turn a five-star recruit into a Junior College All-American…if you know what I mean?

Stars breed excitement.

Stars breed hype.

And stars breed publicity.

But none of the above defines winning.

So who cares where you, your favorite team, or your worst enemies are ranked? Recruiting grades are never A through F, but always Incompletes.

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