There are apparently 105 players that would be taken ahead of Kareem Walker if colleges drafted players like the NFL. ROTFLMAO!!!
Just slam the door closed on any faith you had in the recruiting service rankings beyond some general notion that a top 50 player has slightly better than even odds of being better than a top 150 player. Same with top 150 and top 300. And that's likely only because recruiting service evaluators are sometimes smart enough and lazy enough to elevate players based on their offer list, recognizing that actual college coaches are far better talent scouts than they are.
"...he didn't show the kind of elite ability that we've seen from comparable backs that have been ranked in that Top100 or Top50 range."
Let me interpret that for everyone: "...he didn't take our camp all that seriously", "...he didn't realize how important WE are to his future success", "...he didn't play our recruiting game to help us sell subscriptions and page hits, therefore his actual game performances mean next to nothing", "...he didn't bow down and kiss the ring".
Another thing to realize is that being a solidly committed Top 50 player, especially a Top 10 player, is in no way good for the recruiting services. It doesn't appear to be as bad as it used to be, thanks to things like Youtube and the large number of sources of recruiting information on the internet keeping the services more honest, but there was a time not so long ago when you'd be just about guaranteed to fall out of the Top 50 by committing early. (Tom Lemming used to be good for that, unless the early commit was to Notre Dame, and also good for elevating anyone that ND was recruiting and had a decent chance to sign - which was pretty awkward for the ND coaches in the 80s and 90s when media would ask them how they managed to have such a mediocre team after signing the BEST class in the nation 3 years running.)
I think that still goes on to a degree, but perhaps that monetary pressure is now showing up the most in the recruiting services pushing initial player evaluations earlier and earlier. This gives them a lot more players to talk about and for a longer period of time.
It might be really telling to start a database tracking initial ranking, camp invites, camp attendance, post camp ranking and final ranking by recruiting service. I've long suspected most 3-star rankings simply mean the player made the initial cut of the Top 500 or so based on some arbitrary criteria like youth-camp coach surveys, HS coach surveys, local accolades, word of mouth, etc., but then stopped playing the recruiting game, i.e. didn't go to recruiting service camps, didn't give the recruiting services the chance to hype them up, talk about them and make money off of them. Doesn't matter if they look as good on tape as a Top 10 player, they'll be one of the "fell through the crack", "late bloomer", "diamond in the rough" Darron Lee/Bradley Roby type players that frequently emerge as stars out of nowhere every college football season.
I would bet such a database would also reveal quite a bit of regional bias, with rural regions being neglected significantly out of proportion to population density. So, for instance, the Top 247 players list may be more about finding the top players in the 60% of High Schools across the nation that the recruiting services' past experience has led them to expect the "good enough" players will come from. So they streamline their process to efficiently find a set of players they can pass off as the "Top 247" (or Rivals 100, Scout 300 or whatever - doesn't really matter, as they all seem to participate in a self-reinforcing circle jerk that arrives at a "consensus", with any given player's ranking fluctuating 10-20 places from one list to another, but still mostly the same overall "Top" players). The services realize that discriminating between any two players on that "Top" list, asserting one is definitely better than another based on one being, say, ranked 21 and another ranked 22, is purely the act of marketing a fictional ability concocted solely for us Rubes who like to believe it.
You know something of that sort is going on when you look at how many players get drafted by the NFL from small schools, players that were on nobody's radar coming out of High School, in addition to the number of 3 star players signed by great talent evaluators like Jim Tressel and Mark Dantonio that wind up being truly elite talents.
When I see Tajh chuck the football close to 80 yards, I'll be a believer. Until then, I think Cardale is about at the human limit for arm strength in a college/pro QB. (Yes, I know there are freaks out there that can probably throw 100 yards, but they're also probably not on anybody's roster.)
The worse thing about this is that he wasn't that bad. In the same way that Cardale Jones benefited greatly by the team around him, Bauserman didn't benefit AT ALL from the team he was playing with. With a decent team around him (most importantly Devier Posey), he might have been service-able.
The problem is people remember the worst performance, especially when it comes on the road against a good Nebraska team that the team managed to build a big lead on in the first 2.5 quarters with Braxton Miller. And you seemingly can't hit the broad side of a barn during a time that the defense simultaneously collapses.
But the thing is, that was soon after the coaches decided to go all in with Braxton, and game-planned accordingly. Once Braxton went out, they were left with Bauserman who could probably only run about a third of the plays that they practiced for. And Nebraska knew it and sold out accordingly.
Still, I'm not going to argue in any way that Bauserman was a good quarterback. I think his ceiling was probably about 3rd team on most Ohio State squads. I just think he gets a bit of a bum rap due to the terrible team he was on.
Wow, just read the Detroit Free Press article and it seems like everyone is seriously going over-board with the blaming. It just sounds like Norfleet hit a low-point in his life that caused him to question what he was doing and also caused him to have a bad semester. But otherwise seems like a really good guy.
The coach also doesn't come off as being all that unreasonable, just typical for a person getting a mic shoved in their face after hearing the bare minimum of details of a negative situation affecting someone they care about.
It sounds like it'll be good for Norfleet to transfer somewhere and sit out a year to get his academic house in order. I think he could excel at a place like UC during his senior season. He'd be a good H-back for just about any mid-major running a spread offense. I think he'd also be a pretty good straight up tailback. And everyone knows he's a dangerous kick returner.
It doesn't follow that not having a declared major means none of his credit hours would apply towards a major. Most of his freshman and a good part of his sophomore classes would most likely be good in any major.
Obviously there is a concern with letting him seemingly drift by with the bare minimum for so long with no major, but maybe UM graduates quite a few General Studies majors. That's not necessarily a bad thing for the general UM student population, as many may choose not to specialize until graduate school. But for a football player that likely only got admitted because of football, it's really dumb not to be very focused on getting your degree, even if it's something like the equivalent of liberal arts in underwater basket weaving.