It’s a simple question, really. Between Rivals and Scout, which service does a better job of predicting the success of its five star recruits?
Here’s an analysis of that very question for the kids named to All-American teams in 2007.
A few observations:
- Scout is a lot more generous handing out five stars than is Rivals.
- Rivals was more accurate from a percentage standpoint in picking out 2007 AAs.
- Neither service does well identifying punters and placekickers as future stars.
- The fullback is a dying breed.
If you go to the linked spreadsheet, you’ll see that Georgia only had three players named to any AA list: Southerland, Velasco and Moreno. No top ten team had fewer. Hawaii had six. Tech had four. That’s a good indicator of what a lot of team depth and good coaching will do for a school.