I was thinking about a blog Mike Helfgot wrote a while back about how ranking players is an inexact science.
He used rankings from Rivals.com, my employer, to make the point that some players are missed, some are ranked too high and others are under the radar.
I would love to tell you Helfgot was as wrong as his Top 20 team rankings, but he was dead on.
I enjoy being proven wrong as much as being proven right. It's always been about seeing young men succeed, whether a five-star or a two-star prospect.
Former Stevenson fullback Mark Weisman, a rough and tumble player during his high school days, drew limited recruiting looks and offers and was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals. He lasted one semester at Air Force before walking on at Iowa.
Weisman's big chance arrived during the third game of this season when he ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in a 27-16 victory against Northern Iowa. He went on to have big games against Central Michigan (217 yards, 3 TDs, 27 carries) and Minnesota (177 yards, 1 TD, 21 carries).
One flaw with the star-ranking system is it doesn't measure heart and/or determination.
Another player who had two-star abilities but five-star heart and determination is Geneva grad and current Atlanta Falcons practice squad linebacker Pat Schiller.
He, too, had limited recruiting interest before accepting a scholarship from Northern Illinois.
But he continued to grow both in his game and physically. Listed at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds as a senior at Geneva, Schiller grew into a 6-2, 235-pounder at NIU. After redshirting his freshman year, Schiller eventually became an All-Mid-American Conference selection and finished with 239 tackles (19 for loss) and played in 48 games for the Huskies, starting 27.
I'm a little surprised Schiller is with an NFL team. But you couldn't help but see something special in him, or Weisman, for that matter.
They are just two of many examples of kids who refuse to accept the experts' opinions. I hope more prove me and the others wrong.
Tim O'Halloran is the publisher of edgytim.com and a regular Tribune contributor.