Tyler Owens is a 5-star with these offers?
Another blatant example of this bias is Tyler Owens’ ranking. Owens committed to Texas on September 24th. Just four days later, he moved up by 556 spots in 247 Sports’ rankings (bringing him to 74 in their rankings), and that moved him up by 370 spots in the composite to 300th overall. In their final update, 247Sports even made Owens a 5-star in their rankings. This is absolutely insane given his offer list.
Owens had 15 offers, with his biggest one being Texas. His only SEC offers were Missouri and Vanderbilt. No true 5-star has that offer list. Owens is a decent player, but nothing about his film or All-American Bowl performance indicates him being a 5-star talent. He was a back up plan for Texas. He was their sixth choice at safety. They had to recruit him after they struck out on Demani Richardson and Brian Williams, who both chose to go to A&M over Texas.
Recruiting services, especially 247 Sports, dropped Brian Williams from a 5-star to a 4-star despite him having as good of a high school senior season as anyone. This past season, Williams had 60 tackles (including 8 tackles for loss and two sacks), two forced fumbles, and six interceptions (four of which were returned for touchdowns).
Williams was named an Under All-American, the private school defensive player of the year, the Dallas Morning News player of the year, and he helped lead his team to the state championship. He ran a 4.47 forty and has great size. Oh yeah — and Texas wanted him more than they wanted Owens. There is no excuse for 247 Sports, or any recruiting service for that matter, to have Williams below Owens.