With another football letter of intent signing day passing by yesterday, the analysis begins. The major outlets take their subjective weight given to players and look at how those players accumulated at schools. If there was ever an example of “garbage-in, garbage-out,” it would be this task. Nevertheless, throwing out all the subjectives, there is certainly some sort of correlation between “good recruiting classes” and results (except at Texas and Miami). So here is what folks think of the 2016 football recruiting classes.
Here is the overall top ten listed at Rivals. As you can see, Florida State and Clemson crack the top 25.
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As for all the ACC schools:
- #2 Florida State-twitter seems to suggest a disappointment that this is not deemed the #1 class. But the Seminoles would certainly prefer a national title over a recruiting rankings title.
- #5 Clemson–in-state rival South Carolina was way down at #26.
- #12 Notre Dame–between UCLA, Texas, and Florida makes sense. Behind Mississippi does not. And rival USC is a few spots up at #8, while Stanford is a few spots down at #18.
- #22 Miami–Miami has never had trouble getting talent and this is a decent class for Mark Richt in just a few weeks.
- #24 North Carolina–ahead of historical blue blood Nebraska, neighbor South Carolina, and current elite school Oregon. Good things happening in Chapel Hill.
- #30 Pittsburgh–Pitt has had good recruiting classes year after year–the benefit of being located in Pennsylvania, adjacted to Ohio, and next to both New Jersey and the D.C. Corridor.
- #31 Duke–we are used to top classes in hoops, but the Blue Devils on-field success is translating into better football recruiting classes, including a class better than football stalwarts Wisconsin and Arkansas… and a top half class within the ACC.
- #37 Louisville–a decent class, but Cards fans cannot like seeing Kentucky up at #28. There is an SEC bias, to be sure, but who would have expected that? Still, #3 in the Atlantic.
- #43 NC State–squarely in the middle of the Atlantic at #4. Ahead of Wake Forest, but behind Duke and UNC. Ahead of Syracuse in the division, but behind Louisville. Not good, not bad.
- #49 Virginia Tech–as a ranking, this must be disappointing. Houston, Northwestern, and Brigham Young should generally not out-recruit the Hokies. Chalk it up to a new coach.
- #57 Syracuse–being behind Washington State, Iowa State, and Indiana is ordinarily disappointing, but new coach Dino Babers worked some magic to get Syracuse above four other ACC schools in just a few weeks.
- #62 Virginia–former coach Mike London was a good recruiter, and the coaching switch seemed to cost Virignia slightly. Not much of a new coach bounce. UCF, Temple, Vanderbilt, and Colorado State were among the schools to have better ranked classes.
- #63 Wake Forest–hey, anytime the Demon Deacons avoid the basement, it is a good thing.
- #68 Georgia Tech–having only 18 recruits hurts, but should Georgia Tech EVER be below Western Michigan in recruiting? They do recruit for a system, though, and the system players usually suffer in the rankings.
- #82 Boston College–sigh. Only Kansas has a worse recruiting class among P5 schools. Miami of Ohio has a better class. But better than neighbors UConn and UMass. And similar classes did not prevent BC from having a great defense.
What do you think? Are you happy with your school’s class? Disappointed? Dispute these RIVALS rankings? Let us know.