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Thursday, February 08, 2018

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All-America MVP Maurice Washington Commits to Nebraska - Rivals Reports

College football recruiting is an important element for prediction of later success on the football field, but the exact pre-college rankings of individual players is an educated guess at best, even if the totality of a team's recruited player class gives some idea as to the potential of that recruitment class.

A good example of the difficulty of individual ranking is the Rivals.com article reporting that All-American phenom Maurice Washington commits to Nebraska.

Maurice Washington's decision to become a Husker is a great feather in the cap of the University of Nebraska, who, in the short period under new football head coach Scott Frost and staff, after departing UCF, jumped incredibly from 89th to 21st place (or 22nd by the 247 sports composite, while Bleacher Report dropped the ball entirely) in the 2018 recruiting rankings.

Indeed, Maurice Washington was not even ranked among the top 250 recruitment players at Rivals, but came on to win the MVP at the Under Armour All-America game. Player rankings are by no means determinative of player potential. Thank goodness for that. There is plenty of room for development and for the input of coaching staffs to improve their teams.

Just consider that such a dominant force as Ndamukong Suh was only rated the 51st best prospect in the Class of 2005 and only the 6th best at his position. Of course, Suh turned out to be a singular talent as a lineman.

Player ratings and rankings provide a good general guide as to whether a school is recruiting players with good college football potential. However, some lower ranked or completely unheralded players will surface to greatness during their college careers while many top-ranked high school players will not necessarily live up to overly high expectations. College days are days of growth and development. Who can predict what they will bring?

We read that during the Tom Osborne head-coached years of Nebraska football, when the Cornhuskers perched atop the college football hierarchy, the Big Red never had a recruiting class that was ranked above 7th overall.

Obviously, there are many OTHER factors other than player pre-college ranking that come into play in determining college football champions -- as we saw in the undefeated UCF 2017 college football "championship" season.

Good luck to all, regardless of how many stars are pinned on chests before a college game has yet been played. The proof is always in the pudding. In the last analysis, performance on the field and not paper prognostications count.

We are looking forward to the 2018 Husker season, where we expect Scott Frost and staff to continue the strong modern offense-oriented game that they showcased at UCF, combined with a potentially greatly upgraded Class 2018 pass defense. If the Cornhuskers are destined to return to college football prominence, as seems to be the case under Scott Frost based on his first two months on the job, it will be interesting to see how long a full resurgence will take. Can the Big Red win 10 games in 2018? We now think it to be possible.