Recruiting is the same way. Five stars become busts. Two stars become real stars.
With that in mind, we took a consensus of five recruiting services and rated the top 10 teams in the nation and the SEC schools. Here's what we got.
Florida was a unanimous No. 1 nationally, followed by Southern Cal with Tennessee and LSU tied for third. Texas was fifth, South Carolina six, Auburn seventh, Notre Dame eighth and Georgia and Michigan tied for ninth.
Steve Spurrier's second class at South Carolina was intriguing. He got 11 players from Florida, eight from North Carolina and seven from South Carolina.
Conference-wise, the SEC was No. 1, followed by the Pac-10, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Big East.
WHO GOT WHOM
Because Tennessee does so much cross-recruiting, it's a bit dicey to assign recruits to coaches. This season more than ever, Phillip Fulmer used position coaches to recruit prospects outside of their area. The idea: Two coaches are better than one.
The strategy worked well.
With that in mind, we broke down who got whom, noting more than one coach might have been instrumental in the signing.
David Cutcliffe: (3) B.J. Coleman, Ben Martin, Gerald Jones
Kurt Roper: (3) Chris Walker, Josh Hawkins, Daryl Vereen
John Chavis: (1) Deshaun Barnes
Tennessee signed 19 players who were rated four-star or higher.
The five-stars: Donald, Martin, Berry, Vinson.
The four-stars: Paige, Melancon, Sykes, Creer, Moore, McKenzie, Walker, Willingham, O'Neal, Jones, Frazier, Barnes, Coleman, Sawtelle.
VOLS GET IN-STATE HAUL
In his 27 years as a college coach within the state of Tennessee, Fulmer said the Volunteer State produced more prospects than any year he could recall.
The Vols got the top two players in Donald and Sykes, three of the top four, six of the top 10, and 10 of the top 15.