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Bielema not hog wild over star system

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Arkansas had the 11th ranked signing class in the SEC according to 247 Sports, head coach Bret Bielema is not worried about current rankings.  Bielema makes it clear, he is not putting anyone down when pointing out what the start system means, but just because the Razorbacks did not sign any "5-star" players does not mean they didn't have a good class.

Bielema points out that four of his former players at Wisconsin played in this year's Super Bowl.  He says two were 3-stars, one was a 2-star and was not rated by any service coming out of high school.  Bielema went on to point out that when looking at all the players in this year's Super Bowl there were three 5-stars and 19 4-star players.  There are also 33 players who were considered 3-stars coming out of high school, 17 2-star players, one 1-star and, Bielema says there were 15 0-stars.  The razorbacks coach says, "That's three times as many zero stars as five star players."

Bielema makes a good point.  Great signing classes are a collection of good high school players.  Whether or not they become good college players will depend on how hard each of them works and how the coaching staffs push them.  The best recruit ever signed by LSU, or at least what was said at the time, was 5-star quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.  That did not work out well.

When looking at the running back position, Georgia signed the nation's top back a few years ago, 5-star Isaiah Crowell, who played one season before being kicked off the team.  When Mark Ingram came out of high school he was rated just a 3-star, but is still the only Heisman Trophy winner in the history of Alabama football.

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