-Bumped. GO BRUINS. BN Eds.
I've worked in gaming for ten years now, six of those years were spent in poker. During that time I heard a lot of people complain that they never win with pocket aces. On days when my patience was running low I would say to those people, "alright let's play 100 hands, I'll take pocket aces and you take your two favorite cards...you pick the stakes." No one ever took me up on my offer.
I feel the same way about recruiting. All too often people want to cherry pick examples of five star busts or three stars turned super stars in an attempt to downgrade the importance of recruiting rankings. Of course, what those people ignore is the matter of sample size. Yes, a specific three star recruit may outperform a specific five star but (assuming quarterback and coach are a relative wash) a team of three stars versus a team of five stars will be a blood bath 99 times out of 100.
Which brings me to the following. I've gathered the available star rankings (per Scout) of every Bruin on every roster from '06 through '14, and I also threw in a projection (based current commits, remaining scholies and Mora's recent classes) for 2015.
I've been staring at this chart for a few minutes now and I keep thinking that the best graphic representation of this data would be a beer belly gradually turning into a barrel chest. Last weekend during the Spring Showcase I remember thinking on one particular special teams play, "there are 22 legitimately fast guys out on the field right now and many of them won't be starters." The impact of that depth of talent, particularly when combined with some experience, is immeasurable.