Is there any truth to the rumor that when a four star goes to ISU, then the services tend to drop him down a star or two? [/b][/quote]
It tends to get a little overblown, but it happens a little bit. Arnaud is an excellent example of this, as he was a 3 star recruit last year on Scout, had a better senior season, and dropped a star to a 2 star. This is somewhat due to the fact that he committed early, cutting off a lot of offers and press he would have gotten had he kept his recruiting open for a while, but him committing to ISU has something to do with it.
If USC or Notre Dame evaluates a kid and offers him, that will make that prospect's star rating go up many times. Look at Bernstine. He's gone from a top player in Iowa, to the best player in the state, to the best player at the Scout combine in IC, to being recruited all over the nation and his star rating is skyrocketing up to four or five stars. If he would have accepted an early invitation to ISU as opposed to gaining interest from Notre Dame, would this be happening?