ESPNU 150 rankings to marry numerical grades with star ratings
Already considered by some the most in-depth, researched and accurate prospect rankings, the first Class of 2010 ESPNU 150 rankings are complete with the added element of a star ratings system.
"The star system is the industry standard and we feel like the system, combined with what we already do, provides a deeper experience," National Recruiting Director for Scouts. Inc Tom Luginbill said. "Our pro personnel numerical grading system is an industry standard in scouting, but we realize the star system is fan friendly and media friendly and we embrace that."
It's the marriage of the scouting industry standard of numerical grades to the fans' and media's standard of seeing stars next to the top recruits' names. So here is how Scouts Inc. determines how many stars to put next to a player's name.
|Five star: 85 to 100
A potential immediate game-changer at the major college level who could push for All-Conference recognition as a true freshman. Will enter college with elite skills needed to create mismatches against top-level competition. A future All-American candidate.
Four star: 79.5 to 84.99
A potential 3- to 4-year starter at the major college level with the superior skills needed to see early playing time and make a significant impact during his college career.
Three star: 75.0 to 79.49
A player with the skills to develop into a solid starter at the major college level. Potential high-ceiling prospect with the ability to make an impact during his career.
Two star: 68 to 74.99
A player who flashes developable major college talent and could be a late bloomer. Potential solid starter at the mid-major level.
One star: 55 to 67.9
Player does not show the physical tools or skill-set at this point to project at the major college level, but could contribute at mid-major or FCS programs.
"You will be able to tell a difference between a lower-end four star and a higher-end four star, because there is a difference," Luginbill said.
Just one example of the detail is within the four-star range, which includes prospects that rate 79.5 and above. "We lowered that to take care of the player who maybe isn't quite there yet, but that has the upside to eventually be a four-star type of player down the road," Luginbill said.
The inaugural ESPNU150 for the Class of 2010 will feature 12 five-star rated prospects. While this year's class is somewhat down at the truly elite level, you can expect the rankings to feature less five-star and four-star prospects than the others might.
The other 138 prospects in the ESPNU 150 received a four-star rating. There will be four-star prospects outside of the ESPNU 150, but not many.
"If you look around college football, there just aren't that many elite players on a yearly basis," Luginbill said. "For the last four years or so, there are not as many impact players who were ranked as a four-star or five-star as people think, so our numbers will be tapered back and reflect that. The reality is that most college football rosters are made up of three-star prospects."
JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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ESPNU 150 content
• Shurburtt: Jeffcoat earned his No. 1 spot
• Scouts Inc.: Ranking ESPNU 150 no easy task
• Shurburtt: Notes from the ESPU 150
• Scouts Inc.: Under-the-radar players
• Scouts Inc.: Eleven players on the cusp
• Scouts Inc.: ESPNU 150 by the numbers
• Shurburtt: Breaking down the star system
• Scouts Inc.'s grading scale
• Florida tops early 2010 class rankings
• Luginbill: Sims, Scroggins lead 2010 QBs
• Tucker: Dyer, Lattimore top 2010 RBs
• Luginbill: 2010 class loaded at WR
• Haubert: Grimbles tops deep TE class
• Conley: Elite OT Henderson leads O-linemen
• Conley: Athlete position features elite talent
• Haubert: Jeffcoat leads deep DE group
• Haubert: Texas commit Bible tops DTs
• Tucker: Elite talent Luc leads ILBs
• Tucker: Hicks highlights upper-tier OLBs
• Tucker: Joyner, Milliner are best in CB class
• Conley: SEC bringing in safeties in numbers
• Luginbill's 2010 DB breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 LB breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 D-line breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 athlete breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 O-line breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 WR breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 RB breakdown
• Luginbill's 2010 QB breakdown
• Luginbill's class breakdown
• Chat wrap: Tom Luginbill
• Chat wrap: Craig Haubert