College Football Recruiting: About Those Rankings

Jabaal Sheard and Dom DeCicco were All-Big East performers, but only rated as two-star recruits (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ESPN.com's Brian Bennett put together an interesting post recently, looking at the All-Big East performers and their initial recruiting rankings. We all know that rankings are nothing more than opinions (of how a player performed in high school, no less), but if you needed further reminder of that, this should be it.

Bennett's article points out that a whopping 16 of the 22 All-Big East first team players on offense and defense were either two-star, one-star, or unranked recruits. Only six were rated as three-stars and two were four-stars (by the way, Pitt had both of those four-stars - Jon Baldwin and Jason Pinkston). No five-star recruits were on the list.

Pitt's Jabaal Sheard and Dom DeCicco were two of those players that were rated only as two-star recruits.

Obviously, one could argue that the Big East as a whole doesn't get a lot of highly touted recruits, but 16 out of 22 rated as two-stars or less? That was pretty shocking.

So in short, don't get bent out of shape if Pitt doesn't land the big names on Wednesday - some of the lower-rated guys could turn out to be pretty good.

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