Here's the Hotline's latest annual attempt to keep signing day in perspective.
Make no mistake: It matters -- it matters a lot.
But if your team is No. 42 nationally instead of No. 25 ... if it's No. 6 in the conference instead of No. 4 ... don't panic!!!
The class rankings and star system for individual players don't mean everything, and we see examples every year:
Several notches down the list: Anthony Barr.
Or in ASU's recruiting class.
Starting in the fall, all seven will be playing on Sunday.
Turns out, LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, Darron Thomas, Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso could play a little.
(Three spots lower than the Ducks, at No. 8 in the league, was a Stanford class featuring some guy named Luck.)
But let's dispense with yesteryear and frame the situation in today's terms -- or as close as we can come to today:
The 22 players who were named first-team all-conference in 2013.
Not one of them was rated 5 stars by both Scout and Rivals, and only one player was rated 5 stars by either of the two services (Stanford's Skov, courtesy of Scout).
Most of the best players in the conference in '13 were 2- and 3-star recruits.
This isn't necessarily a criticism of Scout and Rivals.
It's the reality of the process: So much of a prospect's development depends on that which cannot be quantified: Work ethic and coaching (putting the player in the best position to succeed).
Here's the list, using an average of the two recruiting services:
(Worth noting: 16 players received the same number of stars from both. Rivals rated five players one-star higher than Scout, while Scout rated one player, Skov, higher than Rivals. No players were separated by more than 1 star.)