Scout, Rivals, MaxPreps, ESPN, B/R...who to trust in the recruiting world?
Generally, there is some agreement among the recruitniks on who the blue-chip players are. Camp-tested, offer-strewn players with natural physical abilities from talent-rich areas who play against good competition top the lists year after year.
Occasionally, evaluators throw a raw player high on their list based on upside, or stress the technical feats of a player with a low ceiling, but that is the exception to the rule.
Also every year, some writer attempts to discredit the notion that five-stars are more successful than three-star players. And every year, the idea issummarily refuted by stat-minded college football writers.
The jist of the argument: being a five-star player increases your odds of becoming an All-American because there are so few five-star players, while the vast number of three-star players skews the odds drastically against your favor.
In any case, rankings are released, reevaluated and refuted about as often as the players themselves. Rivals, generally, is the Coke to Scout's Pepsi, while Maxpreps is Dr. Pepper, ESPN is coffee and we at the Bleacher Report are Faygo, the preferred drink of juggalos everywhere.