This Week in Milford

August 2, 2014

He’s either with us, or against us

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 7:00 am

August 2, 2014



Three stars doesn’t seem like a big deal when the star system goes up to 11 5 but it places you among the top 750 prospects and the top 10% of players in the country. A three-star high school player is deemed among the best players in his region. In True’s case, that would be the Coast, of course. (BTW is not yet a real thing but is, though it’s a Memphis-area basketball recruiting site, as is

And while 3-star guys have a fraction of the likelihood of being drafted by an NFL team as 4- and 5-star guys it’s not out of the question and many factors can dramatically raise a 2- or 3-star guy’s value after he’s in college. The immediately linked article summarizes them as a major growth spurt in college, playing high school ball in an under-scouted area (or having little or no game film to promote himself), or a lack of experience.

Anyway Mongo there seems pretty impressed. Shuford, who couldn’t remember True’s last name yesterday, can remember that he wasn’t committed to Milford.

Meanwhile over at the Center City Hilt, the seeds of The Truman Show coming to Milford may be getting planted. True supposedly has experience given his game film on and growth spurts can’t really be predicted (or can they?), but how can he expect to get showcased in a program where the players know more about national high school football prospects than their blissfully ignorant coach?



  1. Austin’s hand gesture in panel one is, in my opinion, medium to high level difficulty of physically improbable. That is to say, to imitate it doesn’t require any dislocated or broken bones but certainly some sever ligament/tendon strains.

    I want to make a joke about True running over Gil after taking a couple of sips of Gil’s spiked cola, but it’s not working.

    Comment by timbuys — August 2, 2014 @ 11:08 am

  2. Those freak hands in panel 1 are going to haunt my dreams tonight. Thanks a bunch, Whigham.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 2, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

  3. It is indeed difficult to get a handle on what “3 stars” means, as different recruiting services use different scales…Scout, Rivals, & ESPN use different systems & scales. IMHO a 3 star recruit is mid major material at the low end & a “possible starter” at the high end of the 3 star scale…So I feel True won’t be showing up on SEC prospect lists…Finally to show how nebulous these rankings can be “Often times, the biggest difference between a 3-Star quarterback and a 4-Star quarterback is a couple of inches”….

    *** “Good prospect. Player doesn’t dominate in every game, especially against quality competition. Could eventually become a starter…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 2, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

  4. As far as stars and ratings are concerned, projecting what a sixteen year old will be able to do in five years is nearly impossible. Every conference has a True every few years, and not one in fifty play four years in a D-1 program, let alone move on to the NFL. This plot is about a kid who is off the charts in sleepy Mfnrd, and about his effect on the team, and maybe most of all, about his screwed-up father.

    Comment by vaganova — August 2, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

  5. By the way, “Hoss?”

    Comment by vaganova — August 2, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

  6. A 3-star incoming junior is almost certain to rise. If he’s one of the top players in the region based on his sophomore year, he’s likely to be a beast as a senior.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — August 2, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

  7. The best high school QB I ever saw was this guy who played for Wheaton-Warrenville South in the 90’s; I still remember him coming out to Oak Forest and carving up the Bengals in a playoff game. What a show – I wouldve paid $15 admission if necessary to see this guy. I sat with the WWS fans and they told me they had a running clock almost every game, so dominant was thier offense and passing game. (that means the team had a 40-point lead or more in the 2nd half, and the clock is run continuisly to shorten the game) and they played in a tough conference to boot. I left the game convinced I’d see this guy in the NFL. Well, he was barely good enough for the Big 10, and thats about it. I think I saw a couple of his games with Illinois, and he was hardly the same dominant player I remembered before. I guess he played in the CFL, but thats hardly what I thought his ceiling was. So that goes to show that high school is a long way from the pros, no matter how good you (or your dad) think you are.

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 2, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

  8. My point exactly, Robmize2013. Banking on football– or any mass market sport– as your future is a mug’s game

    Comment by vaganova — August 3, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

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