If you've been led to believe that there are a very limited number of 5 star players, in every recruiting cycle, you are not at fault, for it is all that you have ever been conditioned to know and believe.
At Football Gameplan, the company motto has always been, "Where Football Makes Sense." Realistically speaking, you have to do a deep dive into the numbers, to realize how ludicrous they are.
There are 65 Power 5 schools.
Those Power 5 schools each get 25 scholarships.
That's 1625 possible Power 5 scholarships.
There are 125 Division 1 FCS schools, pushing the number of possible incoming freshmen to 3125.
Recent studies show that 20% of college freshman (full-time), drop out after year one. Another 11% finish their degrees at another institution (the recent transfer portal can only inflate this number).
Therefore, by default, 31% of the people on any list, may either not finish school, or finish their careers on a different campus.
After becoming familiar with the raw scholarship numbers, you then have to understand the realities of life, that have little to do with athletic ability.
Many athletes won’t finish school or reach their athletic potential for various reasons:
Those eight examples are just to list a few.
Now imagine having to study hard in class, playing hard at practice and having the maturity to handle the inherited celebrity (local or national) that comes with being a college athlete. It often goes unnoticed, but many times the best player is not on the field, for reasons that have little or nothing to do with their ability to play football.
Also, be aware that one signing class will have players that enter into three different draft classes. First year juniors leave in three years. Four year seniors enter the draft the following year. Any redshirts or transfers could possibly come out after 5 years of college. Therefore, it is critical to understand that everyone on the 400 list will not be a part of the same draft class.
We can only grade what we see. Grades are not handed out to meet some unspoken 5-star quota. If you are a 5-Star caliber player, you will be graded as such. Grades don't rise and fall due to camp performances. The only thing that matters in football, is what you do on an actual field, with pads on, in a live game.