Inside the Numbers: Ranking the 2008 Recruits

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Here we are again with TechSideline.com’s eighth 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, it’s interesting to see where
today’s recruits rank when compared to yesterday’s recruits. We now have eight
years of data, and we can see how the 2008 recruits compare to schoolboy
superstars like Kevin Jones, DeAngelo Hall, Victor Harris, and Tyrod Taylor.

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 2007 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 overall 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).
  • 2002: Marcus 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).
  • 2005:
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