People often fall in love with the raw data of a player- 40 time, bench press, arm strength of QB's- and they discount whether the kid can play football and make plays.
Sage Rosenfels's raw data was so bad that his only DI schollie was from ISU, who took the time to look at the tape and see a kid who managed the game well. Funny, he did the same thing in Ames and the NFL. Amazing.
VA Tech made the jump to the Top 10 with blue collar, lunchpail players who weren't good enough for other schools, yet excelled for the Hokies because they could play the game.
That's a good model to follow.