Rankings: Rivals vs. ESPN

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Comparing recruiting rankings across the national networks can be interesting. Today we’ll take Tech’s current offensive players and compare the recruiting rankings between ESPN and Rivals. You might be surprised by the result. Also, we’ll look at the ESPN and Rivals rankings for Tech’s incoming recruits to see how they compare to past recruits.

Note that we aren’t using 247Sports rankings, because that network did not exist when most of the players on Tech’s offense were recruits.

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Quarterback

Here are the Rivals ratings for Tech’s quarterbacks. The positions listed below are the position that each recruiting services listed for the player.

TE Logan Thomas: 4-star recruit, #71 overall player, #1 TE
QB Mark Leal: 3-star recruit, #28 dual threat QB
ATH Brenden Motley: 3-star recruit, unranked as an ATH
QB Bucky Hodges: 4-star recruit, #10 pro-style QB

Now, here are the ESPN ratings:

ATH Logan Thomas: 4-star recruit, #103 overall player, #8 ATH
QB Mark Leal: 3-star recruit, #54 QB
ATH Brenden Motley: 3-star recruit, #107 ATH
QB Bucky Hodges: 4-star recruit, #15 dual threat QB

Both sites agreed that Logan Thomas was a TE/ATH, and a very highly-ranked one at that. Both had Mark Leal as a middle-of-the-pack quarterback, and both had Brenden Motley as a barely ranked athlete. They both liked Bucky Hodges, though ESPN made a point to note in his scouting report that Hodges is basically a long-term prospect, and that H-back or TE could be a possibility. Considering he’s spent over a month playing tight end on the scout team, that might turn out to be accurate.

What about Andrew Ford?

Rivals: 3-star recruit, #21 pro-style QB
ESPN: 3-star recruit, #40 pocket passer

ESPN ranks Ford a little lower, and their scouting report notes that he’s solid across the board in almost all attributes, but he’s not great

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