Do I blame Jackson? Not really; he's still a kid and still learning.
I blame the hype machine, fed by the Recruiting industry. Tom Lemming, a recruiting analyst for ESPN.com, even admits the monster they've created:
And, as Jackson's high school coach, Steve Graff says, they take these player's ego for a ride.
"They're built up so much by these Web sites that they feel like they've got to play or they're a disappointment. These Web sites have made these kids superstars before they ever get to college."
Recruitniks take these rankings as a guarentee that these players simply can't miss; the rankings are the end-all/be-all final word on the worthiness of a player. But oh-so-wrong. Even Lemming admits that half of these "blue-chippers" don't pan out, and even those that do usually take two or three years to develop.
Just more proof that these recruiting experts are irrelevant and mostly make-believe.