Monday, June 14, 2010

MILLER IS THE 56TH BEST PLAYER IN THE NATION? REALLY? SERIOUSLY?

I don't like to call out other college football writers or publications for having an opinion that differs from my own or steers away from the majority.

If I did like it, I could have a separate publication fully dedicated to bashing others. But that's not my style.

However, there comes a time when an opposing opinion seems so off base that I am forced to call it into question. This brings me to Rivals.com and their new "2011 Rivals 100" prospect rankings.

Sure, they have some of the usual suspects at the top, but what I can't seem to wrap my mind around is how they have all-American quarterback Braxton Miller (Wayne/Huber Heights, Oh.) rated as the 56th best player in the country. A four star (out of five) nonetheless.

During a recent chat, Rivals' Greg Ladky gave an explanation as to why the highly touted Buckeye commit is rated so low in their rankings ...

''I know there was a lot of five-star talk about Braxton. We just don't think there is a five-star aspect of his skill set. He is a very good runner, and has an explosive arm, but neither at a five-star level in my opinion. He passed on an opportunity to prove us wrong at Columbus NIKE and Elite 11, so we'll check him out again this fall. Saw him twice in person last season, was impressed, but not five-star impressed.''

Really? Seriously?

So in essence, Ladky states that because Miller didn't show at their favorite camps, they decide to drop him well below the national consensus as punishment?

Am I the only one who thinks this is humorous — and a bit unprofessional?

Look, I'm not saying Miller needs to be ranked No. 1. Nor am I saying that Rivals has an agenda to pump up the players who attend their favorite (allegedly non-company sponsored) camps.

All I am saying to Rivals is, coaches such as Ohio State's Jim Tressel, Florida's Urban Meyer, Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Mark Richt and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (among others) don't beat down a recruit's door, fly across the country to visit or blow up the recruit's cell phone because he's the 56th best player in the country. Or a four-star recruit.

Again, just saying ...

VAUGHTERS TO DECIDE ON THURSDAY — Star linebacker James Vaughters' commitment press conference is officially this Thursday at 11 a.m. in his hometown of Tucker, Georgia, just east of Atlanta.

The Tucker high school product will be holding his announcement ceremony at the Rock Hard Fitness Health Club.

Vaughters finalists are Ohio State, Stanford, Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

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