I mean I guess you could always dive into it that way, and obviously always find certain scenarios similar to that.
At the end of the day, it can’t be entirely true that guys only get bumped to whatever star rating because Ohio state offered. If it were, there would be more teams that do not recruit top 15 level that are competing on big time stages, making the play offs, or winning the national championship.
A team that hasn’t had atleast one top 15 class hasn’t won a national championship in dang near my lifetime. Majority have multiple top 15 classes.
Need the big time players. That’s no secret. It’s gotten a lot easier to find them too, in part because of internet, social media, and the ranking services who’s job it is to find them.
You don’t need all blue chips, you just need a good solid bit of them. And the 3 stars that do play, better be damn good. Like Justin Jefferson, Isaiah Simmons, Clyde Edwards-helaire, etc.
As far as Joe Burrow — I’m not sure where you’re getting that info. Atleast one service had him as a 4 star well before he received his Ohio state offer. Around a year before.