Star Rating = Good Class
Not So Fast My Friends
One of the biggest topics around town at the moment is de-commitments of some of the top players committed to Charlie Strong while at Louisville since his departure to the lone star state. If you happen to have a friend who is a UK football fan (Yes there are a few who are proud to admit that, believe it or not) then all you hear about is all of the 4 star players they are signing under coach Mark Stoops and how they are going to kick our butts in a year or two. After you stop laughing at the notion that they are going to beat anyone in football, you do have to applaud the work done by coach Stoops and his staff with the nice classes they have signed. I am here to tell you not to put so much thought into the star system in football and how Bobby Petrino might be the best candidate to show the flaws in that system.
Most fans would like to think that if you get the guys in high school with the most stars next to their names then that equals star players on your team and bowl wins. I think it is time that we stop living with this preconceived notion. We find ourselves letting our emotions go up and down when a recruit commits or de-commits. I am not here to say that the star system is completely flawed; I just think it’s more accurate in some sports than others. Due to the lack of exposure, the star system is more flawed in football. Basketball has the high school season plus AAU leagues so you can see many of the top prospects play against other top prospects which gives chances to do a better evaluation of their talent. Football is limited at best; you have the high school season in which they may or may not play against the best talent in the country, making evaluations more difficult.
Take a look at today’s NFL and some of the rosters in the Super Bowl; we have a decent amount of players from college teams here in our own state. All of those players were two star recruits except for one which was a three star (Wesley Woodyard) according to yahoo. Looking at the players put in the NFL by Petrino over the years and you see guys such as William Gay ( 2 star) , Elvis Dumervil (3 star) , Gary Barnidge ( 2 Star) we could dig much deeper but I think the point is proven. Sure Bobby Petrino will sign a few higher rated guys that will do well but my point is that every big star recruit doesn’t turn out while some will. Commits and De-commits are nothing to take so serious that your blood pressure starts to fluctuate; I would put more faith in the coach than stars next to a kid’s name. The system is not completely flawed but I will urge you to pay attention to some of the schools that the players are from when you watch the super bowl next Sunday, and the smaller the school the more likely the player did not have many stars next to his name. Having a coach that is good at evaluating talent is critical, don’t discount the rating system but then again don’t put too much faith in it at the same time. Right now times are good to be a Louisville fan, let’s enjoy the ride and not worry ourselves with hypothetical worries.