2012 Class: A Perfect Fit

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Frank Beamer has signed a class that is perfect for the Virginia Tech culture. Some of these guys will have an opportunity to play early as well.

Best Class Ever?

Define “best”. You really can’t judge a recruiting class until everyone is finished with their careers, but if you really want to get into best classes, there are several ways to discuss it. Yesterday we noted that Tech signed more 4-star recruits this year than in any previous year. If you are using that as your basis, then the 2012 class is the best in school history.

You could also use average star ranking. Averaging the stars for each class since the ACC era began, we’ll see that the 2012 class is second on the list, just behind 2010 and just ahead of 2004.

2004: 3.125 stars
2005: 3.08 stars
2006: 2.83 stars
2007: 3.00 stars
2008: 3.00 stars
2009: 3.00 stars
2010: 3.33 stars
2011: 3.05 stars
2012: 3.18 stars

When you’re comparing a 3.33, a 3.18 and a 3.125, you are splitting hairs. One recruit can be the difference, and in reality what is the difference between many 3-stars and many 4-stars? Nothing, if you look at their measurables and highlight tape.

The real reason the 2010 group has the highest average star rating is because it was only an 18-man class, and Tech couldn’t afford to take sleepers that year. The Hokies didn’t sign any 2-star recruits in 2010. None at all. They didn’t find their usual Seth Dooley or Jerome Wright, guys they like and who might develop into good players, but at the same time drag the average star rating down. If you take Dooley and Wright out of this class, then the average goes up to 3.27 stars, just a little less than 2010’s 3.33 stars.

While the 2004 class is highly regarded in terms of average stars, it also featured 4-star busts Andrew Bowman and Kent Hicks. George Bell was a 4-star guy, but injuries limited him. The only other 4-star players in that class were Sean Glennon and Eddie Royal. Theo Miller, Maurice Reevey, Jeremy Gilchrist and Carl Howard were also in that class. Obviously highly-rated classes don’t always turn out to be particularly good in the long run.

I don’t think there is any good way to rank classes, or determine which class is the best ever. Rivals has a numerical formula that I don’t pretend to understand. That sounds about as useful as the RPI.

To me, recruiting classes are all about passing the eye test. I don’t know how you can compare a Virginia