You can't find those answers on a recruiting website.
"People get so infatuated with rankings. It's absurd,'' Dorchester said of the star system that purports to weigh a prospect's worth as a player, but is more often culled merely from the list of schools that think he's worth something. "We don't care if a player is a top-200 player or a top-800 player or whatever someone thinks. It's all about development anyway.''
Indeed, go back and research where this year's NFL first-round draft choices were rated coming out of high school. Or, I'll save you the trouble with the overview:
Yes, four- and five-star players coming out of high school did well. Of the 32 first-round picks, 17 fell into those two categories.
But consider that the No. 1 pick, Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, was a two-star player coming out of high school. Two of the top five picks, Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson and BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, weren't afforded ANY stars. Nor were two other first-round picks who went to junior colleges before they were deemed worthy of a star.
And while a preponderance of the first-round picks (26) were at least three-star players coming out of high school, there were more two-star and zero-star players drafted in the first round (six) than five-star recruits.
The fact is, falling head over heels about five-star recruits is as silly as assuming your first-grader is going to be an accountant because she got a perfect score when she was asked to add one-digit numbers.
"It's all about development,'' Dorchester said. "Let's face it, everyone's going to have talented players. It's what you do with them and how they develop in so many different ways that determines how they turn out.
"Third parties [those who rate players] have no vested interest. If a kid is a bust, that guy's not going to get fired. I like when they rank recruiting classes and say somebody won. What did they win? Even Alabama, which seems to always win, they still have to develop their players.''
Would it be nice to have all four-and-five star recruits? Sure, but it just means that a coach is probably starting with more raw talent. The list of those guys who have been busts might not be as long as those who have become stars, but it's close. There are so many intangibles involved, beginning with character and work ethic and all the things you can't find out about a kid until you start working with him.
Even if it's only for a few hours at a one-day camp.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.