Saturday, December 24, 2005

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Recruiting Rankings…what are they good for?

Here is how
Scout.com ranks the Top 10 recruiting classes as of December 23, 2005

1. Texas (25 Commits – Avg Star 3.68)
2. Florida (26 Commits – Avg Star 3.85)
3. Georgia (24 Commits – Avg Star 3.63)
4. Notre Dame (26 Commits – Avg Star 3.46)
5. Pittsburgh (21 Commits – Avg Star 3.29)
6. Oklahoma (21 Commits – Avg Star 3.19)
7. LSU (18 Commits – Avg Star 3.17)
8. Michigan (14 Commits – Avg Star 3.57)
9. Miami (13 Commits – Avg Star 3.69)
10. FSU (16 Commits – Avg Star 3.5)

Now these rankings are a bit premature. The top 4 schools have pretty much gotten commitments from most everyone they are going to recruit; now it is just up to the coaching staff to make these kids sign their name on the dotted line. Watch for schools like USC, LSU, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, and FSU to move up in the rankings as they assemble their classes.

Where does the rest of the ACC and SEC rank?

11.Auburn (13 Commits – Avg Star 3.62)
17. Clemson (17 Commits – Avg Star 2.88)
19. Alabama (19 Commits – Avg Star 3.24)
21. North Carolina (27 Commits – Avg Star 2.59)
25. Ole Miss (18 Commits – Avg Star 2.83)
26. Kentucky (27 Commits – Avg Star 2.54)
27. Maryland (14 Commits – Avg Star 2.86)
29. Virginia Tech (14 Commits – Avg Star 2.86)
32. Boston College (18 Commits – Avg Star 2.44)
33. Tennessee (10 Commits – Avg Star 3.10
36. Georgia Tech (13 Commits – Avg Star 2.69)
38. Virginia (18 Commits – Avg Star 2.44)
43. Mississippi State (18 Commits – Avg Star 2.44)
47. Duke (18 Commits – Avg Star 2.28)
48. South Carolina (10 Commits – Avg Star 3.00)
50. NC State (10 Commits – Avg Star 2.50)
55. Vanderbilt (17 Commits – Avg Star 2.12)
60. Arkansas (11 Commits – Avg Star 2.55)
66. Wake Forest (10 Commits – Avg Star 2.00)

To compare this to
Rivals.com, their Top 10 differs somewhat.
1. Florida
2. Texas
3. Georgia
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. FSU
7. Alabama
8. Oklahoma
9. Auburn
10. Arizona

Looking back at the Recruiting Rankings of 2002…and how they shaped up.

The 2002 recruiting classes would now most likely be all Seniors or Redshirt Juniors and contributing to their respective schools. Let’s take a look back at how the recruiting rankings compare with today’s rankings. The recruiting rankings used will be those of Scout.com.

According to
Scout.com, Texas had the best recruiting class of 2002 pulling in nine of the top 100 recruits. The Longhorns signed 28 total prospects, including 19 rated as a 4 or 5 star recruit-5 star being the highest rated. The gem of this recruiting class was Vince Young. The rangy quarterback may have finally reached his potential in last season’s Rose Bowl victory over Michigan. Other members of this class included the number one offensive lineman Justin Blalock, a preseason Lombardi Award candidate, Larry Dibbles (second team all conference in 2004), and starting tailback Selvin Young.

Some other highly rated classes were those of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Miami, and Tennessee. Ohio State parlayed its high recruiting class in 2002 into a national championship team that season. Maurice Clarett, A.J. Hawk, Troy Smith, Nate Salley, Bobby Carpenter, and Justin Zwick all signed with the Buckeyes in 2002.

Coming off a national championship in 2001, the Miami Hurricanes easily recruited their backyard and the country with their 2002 class. Ryan Moore, Devin Hester, Eric Winston were top catches of this class. But the list goes on-Jon Peattie, Greg Threat, and Sinorice Moss who was thought to be an after thought in the 21 man class. The Hurricanes signed 17 four or five star recruits.

Tennessee had some mixed success with their class as OL top recruit Brandon Jefferies never cracked the starting lineup and has since transferred to NC State. RB Jason Allen has since turned into a fine corner as has Jonathan Wade. QB Chris Hannon was not highly recruited at all, but is now starting for the Vols at WR.

How the Top 10 at the end of the regular season shapes up against the recruiting rankings of 2002

1. USC –12
2 Texas –1
3. Penn State – 16
4. Ohio State – 3
5. Notre Dame – 13
6. Oregon – 31
7. Auburn –11
8. Georgia – 9
9. Miami – 4
10. LSU – 15

Averaging out the 2002, 2003, and 2004 recruiting classes for the Top 10.
1. USC – 4.33
2. Texas –8.33
3. Penn State – 19.33
4. Ohio State – 13
5. Notre Dame – 16
6. Oregon – 25
7.Auburn –19
8. Georgia – 8.67
9. Miami – 4.33
10. LSU – 6.33

Note: A ranking of 30 was given to schools not appearing in the Top 25 for the year.

1. RB Lorenzo Booker-- Florida State-Starting
3. RB Gerald Riggs, Jr.--Tennessee-Starting
4. DL Kendrick Golston--Georgia-Starting
5. LB Ahmad Brooks--Virginia-Starting
9. WR Chris Davis--Florida State-Starting
13. WR Dishon Platt--Florida State-
16. LB Kai Parham--Virginia-Starting
17. WR Ryan Moore--Miami-Starting
22. QB James Banks--Tennessee-Left Team
23. RB Michael Johnson--Virginia-Backup
25. QB Gavin Dickey--Florida-Backup
26. CB Devin Hester--Miami-Starting
30. RB DeShawn Wynn--Florida-Starting
31. QB Marcus Vick--Virginia Tech-Starting
32. LB Kamerion Wimbley--Florida State-Starting
33. TE Eric Winston--Miami-Starting
34. S Pat Watkins--Florida State-Starting
35. RB Ciatrick Faison--Florida-NFL
38. CB Richard Washington--North Carolina State-
40. LB Ricardo Hurley--South Carolina-Starting
42. LB Buster Davis--Florida State-Starting
43. OL Brandon Jeffries--Tennessee-
47. S Darren Williams--Mississippi State-
50. CB Nick Turner--Mississippi State-Jail
51. DB A.J. Davis--North Carolina State-
52. RB Rashard Dudley--Georgia-
54. WR Akieem Jolla--Miami-Backup
58. RB Thomas Clayton--Florida State-
61. RB Jason Allen--Tennessee-Starting


Some of the other top recruits of the 2002 class were QB Ben Olson (BYU), DT Haloti Ngata(Oregon), QB Tyler Palko(Pittsburgh), and QB Reggie McNeal(Texas A&M). Olson has transferred to UCLA where he has become one of the best QBs in the country. Olson redshirted his first season and then performed a two-year Mormon mission.

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