Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Who the Hell Is William Cole?
It's national signing day and Rick Maese of the Baltimore Sun sums it up: "Good morning and welcome to the most hollow day on the sports calendar, when glitter is computer-generated and celebrity cultivated in a basement, consequences don't exist and when we grade our children like sides of beef." ... If you haven't figured out by now, we don't give a hoot about recruiting rankings. Obviously, we are in the minority, because it's a huge day for Rivals and Scout, sites that making a living off this stuff. But in our estimation, snake oil salesmen have more credibility. Maese agrees and is happy to take you on a tour of Rivals' top 100 recruits from 2002. "It includes such stars as Vince Young and Haloti Ngata, as well as such troublemakers as Maurice Clarett and Marcus Vick. Of Rivals' top 100 players that year, 44 fell far short of expectations — including 18 of the 38 highly acclaimed 'five-star' players. While one in five managed to eventually earn first-team all-conference honors, one in four managed to either transfer or quit his team." ... This brings us to William Cole. He quarterbacked the Cedar Hill High team in Texas and on Sunday KDFW-TV in Dallas put young Mr. Cole before the camera at the local Buffalo Wild Wings to announce his college choice. Seriously, isn't this out of control? Check back four years from now. That's the time to judge a recruiting class.
Posted by dawizofodds at 3:05 AM