There was once a time where I followed recruiting like it was some long playing Drama. It was a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs aplenty. About a couple of years ago I thought I'd leverage the data now on the internet and see how the rating services did in their evaluations knowing full well that they have no crystal ball either and can only basetheir results on what they've seen. I found that even amongst Blue Chip players there is a significant amount of underachievement and bad luck. Let's look at the University of Washington's luck with Rivals Top 100 players since 2002
- 2002 - Nathan Rhodes #1 OL available - Result = Never played a down as he had a bad back.
- Donnie Mateaki - DL - Finally saw the field and was pretty average.
- 2003 - Craig Chambers WR - Showed flashes of brilliance but clashed with coach and left team.
- 2004 - Matt Tuiasosop QB- Elected to play baseball
- 2006 - Jake Locker QB - Still playing, maturing nicely and unbelievable skills running the ball.
- 2008 - Kevario Middleton TE - Looking for this young man to break out.
I've sampled other teams as well and noticed that it doesn't matter if you're talking about the UW or USC the transition from high school ball to college is huge. USC had quite a few transfers and players that didn't live up to their HS rankings IMO. I think that more important is a coaching staff that knows their system and what type of players thrive in such a system. So while I am happy to see the good talent coming to the UW and Sarks team I'm hoping that they can fulfill whatever potential they have. I relish the one star kid as well.