Saturday, December 8, 2007

Recruiting Rankings vs Performance

I found an interesting link on the Hive (Georgia Tech site) regarding recruiting rankings vs performance on the field. The recruiting rankings are averaged from two major recruiting services with more weight being given to the classes farther back than those of last year due to likelihood of impact on the field. The current team ranking is based on over 20 services rankings, not just the AP, Coaches, or BCS Polls.

Of the 20 most overachieving teams, only Wake Forest (13) appeared from the ACC or SEC. Jim Grobe and his staff have done an excellent job coaching which culminated in an ACC title last year. BCS teams Hawaii and Kansas appears at numbers 2 and 8 respectively, while West Virginia checks in at 15.

Of the 10 most underachieving teams, 4 are from the ACC (Miami, North Carolina, Duke, NC State). Miami is the most underachieving with a disparity of 64 spots from the avg. recruit rank of 8.38 to an actual field rank of 73 this year. From the SEC, Ole Miss was one of the 10 most underachieving.

Outside of Wake, Boston College and Virginia Tech were the best at maximizing talent from their recruits. In the SEC, Kentucky was the best ranking 20 spots over their recruiting. For most of the year, QB Andre Woodson was a Heisman candidate for the Wildcats.

Did your team overachieve or underachieve?

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