Inside the evaluations

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

Running backs
Wide receivers
Tight ends
Offensive tackles
Defensive ends
Defensive tackles
Outside linebackers
Inside linebackers