It is the time of year when Internet fanatics who cheer for one school or another scan the top 100 lists of Tom Lemming, Randy Taylor, Rivals, Scout, ESPNU and anyone else who evaluates high school players from coast to coast and make comparisons.Who do they believe? Who rates their alma mater's recruits the highest?
It's all very subjective, not a perfect science. Every year, somebody rates a player in the top 10 while somebody else doesn't even rate him in the top 100.
So it's always fun to see who is right and who is wrong.
One to watch this year is Jeff Luc, a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker from Port St. Lucie, Fla.
I rate Luc as the No. 88 player in the nation. But he is No. 4 according to Randy Taylor of National Collegiate Scouting Association, No. 5 by ESPNU and No. 10 by Rivals.
In fact, Taylor said Luc is the best linebacker in the class of 2010, a physical player who compares favorably to Dick Butkus and Ray Nitschke. Wow.
I think Luc is stiff. He plays weak competition. Yes, he is a hard hitter on Youtube but I'm not sold on him because he dominates against weak competition. How good will he be against strong competition? Well, Peyton Manning and Herschel Walker dominated against weak competition in high school and it didn't bother them.
Luc is big and thick and may have reached his limit. He is great at promoting himself. He has committed to play in the ESPNU all-star game in January so it is understandable that ESPNU is touting him as one of the top five players in the country.
But I believe he is stiff. He isn't a mobile guy. He doesn't break down in space. In time, we'll see how good he really is.
Remember Myron Rolle? Four years ago, he was ESPNU's No. 1 player. But he still hasn't made a tackle at Florida State. At that time, my top five players were Chris "Beanie" Wells, Mitch Mustain, Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Andre Smith. Three of them were NFL first-round picks as juniors. If Rolle had come out, he wouldn't have been selected in the first three rounds.
Another player to watch is quarterback Peter Thomas of El Cajon, Calif. He is No. 85 on my top 100 list. He had only one scholarship offer in June, from Arizona State, where he is going. I think he is one of the biggest sleepers of the year.
Thomas is a 6-5, 215-pounder who wasn't offered by other schools because it was reported that he didn't have good arm strength. I was sold on him because he is tall, smart, athletic, had good production and in my view had good enough arm strength to make it at the next level.
I was surprised that he didn't have more offers. I am the only analyst to rate him in the top 100. But I don't evaluate kids according to the number of offers they have while others do. By next November, we'll all know if I was right or wrong.