Here we are again with TechSideline.com’s sixth annual "Inside the Numbers: Ranking the Recruits," in which we mash
together recruiting rankings from various recruiting services into one complex ranking system that gives each VT recruit
a composite ranking. We first did this in 2001, and as we add more and more
recruits to our rankings (we’re up to 113 now), it’s interesting to see where
today’s recruits rank when compared to yesterday’s recruits. We now have six
years of data, and we can see how the 2006 recruits compare to schoolboy
superstars like Kevin Jones, DeAngelo Hall, Victor Harris, and even Marcus Vick.
The concept behind ITN:RTR is simple: we take the recruiting rankings from SuperPrep, Rivals.com, and Scout.com
and mash them into one formula that assigns each recruit a composite ranking. Other longstanding recruiting analysts (Max
Emfinger, Tom Lemming, etc.) are excluded because they don’t have
a player ranking system that has the required depth or consistency.
The first time we did this was for the 2001 recruiting class, and over the
years, we have accumulated data for every class since then. Articles for the
2001 through 2005 classes are linked at the bottom of this article, in case
you’re interested in looking back.
The top score you can get in this system is a 45, and here are past winners
of top recruits:
2001: Kevin Jones, the top recruit
in the nation according to Rivals.com and SuperPrep, nailed a near-perfect score of 44.8 out of
45 (PrepStar, whom we used to use as part of the rankings back then, rated KJ the third-best recruit in the
country for some reason, ruining his chance at a perfect score.). KJ beat out
Bryan Randall (36.1), DeAngelo Hall (26.4), and Fred Lee (26.2).
Vick took top honors with a score of 39.4, in a year that also featured Jonathan
Lewis with a 30.8.
2003: Vince Hall was the man, with a score of 26.5. Tripp Carroll
and Xavier Adibi tied for second at 25.4.
2004: Highly sought-after running back George Bell out of North
Carolina won the title with a score of 24.7, edging out Kent Hicks (24.3) and
Eddie Royal (24.0).
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