Commentary

Inside the evaluations

A look at the grading scale and what the scouts look for by position

Originally Published: August 5, 2009
By ESPN Recruiting

Five-star player: 85 to 100
A potential immediate game-changer at the major college level who could push for all-conference recognition as a true freshman. Will enter college with elite skills needed to create mismatches against top-level competition. A future All-American candidate.

Four-star player: 79.5 to 84.99
A potential 3- to 4-year starter at the major college level with the superior skills needed to see early playing time and make a significant impact during his college career.

Three-star player: 75.0 to 79.49
A player with the skills to develop into a solid starter at the major college level. Potential high-ceiling prospect with the ability to make an impact during his career.

Two-star player: 68 to 74.99
A player who flashes developable major college talent and could be a late bloomer. Potential solid starter at the mid-major level.

One-star player: 55 to 67.9
Player does not show the physical tools or skill set at this point to project at the major college level, but could contribute at mid-major or FCS programs.

How ESPN Recruiting evaluates each position

Quarterbacks
Running backs
Wide receivers
Tight ends
Offensive tackles
Guards
Centers
Defensive ends
Defensive tackles
Outside linebackers
Inside linebackers
Cornerbacks
Safeties