Inside the Numbers: Rating the 1996 Recruiting Class

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Rating
the 1990 Recruiting Class
, 7/24/02
Rating
the 1991 Recruiting Class
, 8/29/02
Rating
the 1992 Recruiting Class
, 9/25/02
Rating the
1993 Recruiting Class
, 12/31/02
Rating the
1994 Recruiting Class
, 4/18/03
Rating the
1995 Recruiting Class
, 7/22/04



For the uninitiated, I created a purely numerical system for rating past recruiting classes, and I am applying it
to VT football recruiting classes from 1990 to the present (it requires that a class go through its redshirt-senior year
before it can be fully evaluated). The rating system is explained in this article, and there are links that go into more
detail. At the end of this article, a link is provided to an Excel file with the data I used.


In recent years, Virginia Tech has been known for
their focus on in-state recruiting. Frank Beamer’s philosophy has been to
establish close relationships with high school coaches throughout the state, and
his long tenure in Blacksburg – and the longevity of his coaching staff –
has allowed him to do just that. Beamer prefers to recruit through high school
coaches that he trusts to give him accurate evaluations of talent, instead of
recruiting in another region through coaches that he is not familiar with.
Despite this preference, Beamer and staff went out of state to sign a total of
19 players in 1996, while only 9 members of the 28 player class hailed from
Virginia.

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