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A 3 star ranking is right on with Neal.. If ya read what a 3 star is defined as, Neal fits that mold.. A 3 star isnt saying that he wont be a great player.. Just that he may need some development before he turns into an elite football player that we hope he becomes.. He may start as a freshman, then we can say ranking was off.. Untill then hes right where he needs to be..
The problem, for me, isn't Neal's ranking. It's the ranking of others head of him. They are not as good but they are taller, plan and simple. I think all of the recruiting sites use the 4 & 5 star too much. I think most of the guys that are ranked are a star too high, based off the description of what each star means.
I think NFL potential has to be part of the evaluation because of conferences. One kid may be a future all-conference player...in the MAC.
“There is no off switch on a tiger”
I can agree with many of the points made by Niebuhr and many of the points made by Thunderbird. What I'm curious about is the consistency of the evaluations when it comes to height/size expectations at certain positions. Chris Leak was a composite 5-star pro style QB recruit coming out of high school. He later measured in at 5'11" at the NFL combine and became undrafted. Why wasn't his "long-term potential" in question?
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
Where can I read what a 3* is? Rivals used to publish some general guidelines, but I can't find it on this site.
That's why we wander and follow La Vie Dansante...
Unfortunately, no one ever really knows how tall kids are until the NFL combine. Everything comes out there.
Sometimes high school coaches start the inflation. I know mine did. I'm 5'9" but thought I was 5'11" until I was 22 years old. I was told I was that tall as a sophomore in h.s. Never knew any different until a guy my height said he was 5'9" and I measured myself.
And I bet more high school recruiting analysts have seen Chris Leak in person than Lewis Neal. While applying the logic that Neal's height is a concern for a DE, shouldn't Leak's 5'11" height have been a concern for a pro style QB?
I know Neal's ranking does not make him a lesser player and it may even possibly make him into a better one by giving him that chip on his shoulder to prove the rankings wrong. I also have no reason to doubt Niebuhr's attempt to give him his due bump. I am just questioning the consistency of evaluations from recruiting sites across the board.
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