With the information age comes an ability to follow each and every one of the hundreds of thousands of High School football players across the country.
Also with the availability of information without ever having actually seen the bulk of these prospects play comes a whole new level of speculation.
Since every website wants to be the one to discover the next Walter Payton or Dan Marino, and to announce where and who these stars of the future will grace with their presence, the idea is to create hysteria.
We now know the names of all of the stars before they ever step on the field or play a down. What's even more crazy is some of these players never even qualify or make it to the field.
A whole other set never develops at the next level and then some guys who nobody even thought of recruiting end up being the stars.
No matter how much information we have, this process is no exact science.
Since recruiting rankings are rarely revisited and never amended after players end up not qualifying or kids decide weeks and even months after National Signing Day, the whole thing ends up being pretty moot anyway.
Go ahead and do a search engine search on recruiting for this year. There are already rankings, yet none of these kids have even played a down of football in their High School Senior season. Makes you think but it only gets crazier every year.