Inside the Numbers: Rating the 1997 Recruiting Class

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Rating the 1990 Recruiting
, 7/24/02
Rating the 1991 Recruiting
, 8/29/02
Rating the 1992 Recruiting
, 9/25/02
Rating the 1993 Recruiting
, 12/31/02
Rating the 1994 Recruiting
, 4/18/03
Rating the 1995 Recruiting
, 7/22/04
the 1996 Recruiting Class
, 5/4/05

For the uninitiated, TSL created a purely numerical system for rating past recruiting
classes, and over time, it has been applied 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
that was used.

Back in early 1997, the Hokies were coming off four consecutive bowl
bids, including two trips to Bowl Alliance games. VT had whipped Texas in
the Sugar Bowl following the 1995 season and had played Nebraska close for
three quarters in the Orange Bowl. Tech had won 10 games in each of the
two previous seasons, and things were looking very good in Blacksburg.

Frank Beamer & Co. kept the ball rolling in February of that year
when they signed the 1997 recruiting class. The class featured a number of
unheralded recruits that would become big-time players for the Hokies down
the road. It also featured a player who was ranked among the top 50
prospects in the nation, but who would never even set foot