Prospect grades reflect realistic view of potential impact

Since leaving the set of our Class of '06 national signing day show on Feb. 1, we have been diligently researching and studying thousands of Class of '07 prospects, focusing on the most talked about and sought after players in the nation.

The result is the 2007 edition of the ESPN 150, which recognizes the top high school players in the country that we have evaluated heading into their senior years.

As all football staffs do during the year, we did some self-scouting before heading into our second season of evaluating high school talent. As a result, we graded a little tougher this year. But hopefully we provided a more accurate depiction of how these players will transition into the college game. As our grading scale notes, our grades are designed to reflect how quickly we feel a player can impact the game.