Friday, February 17, 2006

A True Ranking of a Recruiting Class

Greg Eslinger, left, was headed to I-AA Montana or North Dakota, then along came Minnesota coach Glen Mason. He offered the Bismark native a scholarship and the center ended up winning the Outland and Rimington trophies. Then there is Joe Klopfenstein. Not much was expected of the skinny kid from down the road in Aurora, but he prospered at Boulder and will be one of the top tight ends selected in the NFL draft. We've said it before and will say it again: rankings of recruiting classes are a bunch of crap. For every can't-miss blue chip player, there is a kid who was regarded as second-rate that ends up becoming a better player. College Football News recently did a series on the recruits of 2002, looking at the booms and busts on offense and defense. The excellent site also looks at late bloomers of 2001 and memorable busts from the same year.

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