My impression is that the rankings themselves are meaningless for coaches who are true professionals with one exception. The fact that there are so many people contributing to the database of ranked players means that they could potentially find out about a player they had not heard of and then go do their own evaluation on him. POTENTIALLY. I'm not saying this actually happens. I'm just saying that I think that's probably the only real value any coach could get from the rankings (and by rankings I'm talking about the database of players that form the rankings, not the numerical rank itself).I like it when we have coaches that find the players through their good evaluation abilities rather than going with rankings. Does not mean I'm against rankings. Bobby Bowden said their recruiting dropped off when they started going more with rankings and got away from digging them out.