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What do recruit rankings mean, really? By the numbers

Inspired by the constant bickering about which MAC team had the best class, and helped by the fact that NIU1981 did the initial leg work on Red and Black attack I decided to put something here, on Bull Run about the meaninglessness of recruiting rankings below the top 100 or so guys at all positions nationally

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you your 2009 MAC All Conference team (again per NIU1981's work) in all of its mediocre scout glory.
Offense Scout (*'s) Rivals
Outside Linebacker - Lee Renfro, Ohio 2 4.9
Outside Linebacker - Elijah Joseph, Temple 2 5.3
Inside Linebacker - Nick Bellore, CMU 2 5
Inside Linebacker - Cobrani Mixon, Kent 4 5.8
Down Lineman - Andre Neblett, Temple 1 5.1
Down Lineman - Adrian Robinson, Temple 3 5.1
Down Lineman - Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple 2 5.7
Down Lineman - Frank Zombo, CMU 2 4.9
Defensive Back - Barry Church, Toledo 3 5.5
Defensive Back - Davonte Shannon, Buffalo 1 5
Defensive Back - Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple 1 0
Defensive Back - Brian Lainhart, Kent 2 5
Punter - Matt Rinehart, Kent 2 5.1
Kickoff Return Specialist - Chris Garrett, Ohio 1 4.9
Punt Return - Antonio Brown, CMU 1 0
Defense Scout (*'s) Rivals
Quarterback - Dan LeFevour, CMU 2 5.4
Center - Eddie Adamski, NIU 2 5.2
Offensive Lineman - Allen Ollenburger, CMU 2 4.9
Offensive Lineman - Jason Onyebuagu, NIU 2 5.4
Offensive Lineman - Darius Morris, Temple 2 4.9
Offensive Lineman - Colin Madison, Temple 1 0
Tight End - Jesse Rack, Buffalo 1 4.9
Wide Receiver - Freddie Barnes, BG 2 5.3
Wide Receiver - Antonio Brown, CMU 1 0
Wide Receiver - Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo 2 4.9
Wide Receiver - Stephen Williams, Toledo 1 5
Running Back - Bernard Pierce, Temple 2 5.2
Running Back - Chad Spann, NIU 1 0
Placekicker - Matt Weller, Ohio 2 4.9

For the lazy, or people distracted by pretty pictures....

Stars Offense Defense
* 4 5
* * 8 9
* * * 2 0
* * * * 1 0

Rating Offense Defense
6.1 0 0
6.0-5.8 1 0
5.7-5.5 2 0
5.4-5.0 7 6
4.9 3 5
NR 2 3


Now Before anyone gets it in their mind to think that these rankings are really representative of the MAC's recruiting keep in mind that the conference has ninety two players who were scouted as three star athletes between 2005 and 2008.

Year Four Stars Three Stars
2005 - 16
2006 - 21
2007 - 32
2008 2 23
Total 2 92

Even if we ignore 2008 because many players were red shirted you are still talking about sixty nine players, less than four percent of them landed on the all conference team this season. The All Conference teams were dominated not by studs out of high school but by Solid players who were found by coaching staffs who knew their true worth and programs that developed them.