A lot of the really high ranking was due in a large part because of sheer number of recruits. When we were ranked our highest we were sitting on 21-22 commits when some of the teams that have lots of high ranking players that are ahead of ours are sitting on 15 commits or somewhere significantly less than what we had. As they get closer to the total number of recruits we have, and they are higher ranked players, they’re going to pass us. Still looks like a top 20 class for us worst case, and that’s awfully good considering how poor our season went. We’re competing in recruiting rankings with a lot of teams who are top 10 or top 20 ranked for the season, in major bowls, in highly populated states with 25 or up to 50 four star players to recruit from.
Good post and all true. In addition to that, the 2 JUCO OL we got commitments from actually bring down our ranking a little. It’s ridiculous, because they are 2 of our most important recruits. The 247 composite grades JUCO players lower than some less talented high school players. They certainly make this class MUCH better, so I couldn’t care less how 247, Rivals, or ESPN ranks them. Just look at their offers.
The ranking we need to worry about is where we stack up next season and the results of the performance of our Oline and Dline. That’s where it starts for us to ever see improvement. Especially from the QB.
The talent of this class may not show immediate results in the number of wins but they will sure show a different effort on the field. That’s the first thing that has too change.
I believe the top 25 recruits in each class is what the ranking is based on so these 2 silent commits will give a boost to the class. We just need to hang on and see what happens.
Addressing the needs of the team is the focal point. This staff has done that and they will need to continue. Crootin is a non stop job that’s the life blood of any program for the task to get easier you have to win!
QB play will get better when O-line gets better,RB will get better when O-line gets better, D-line will get better when O-line gets better because they will get some rest when we get multiple 1st downs instead of 3 and out. It’s just my opinion that next season hinges on our Oline, I’m well aware there are many variables in the game of football, if we can’t get CCM offense up and running full speed or at least close you can stick a fork in our pork butt because we are done. On paper we look like we have help coming on the Oline according to most everyone, myself I reserve judgement until I see them on the field against Sec talent, there’s no doubt the Juco’s will help just not sure how much. WPS
It’s not worry is joy or being proud that a team or 2 are going, or saying “What in the world is going on at Arkansas?”
I maybe way off base but this playing players or trying to stop it (slow it down some) has leveled the playing field a tad bit. Just a thought I keep having. Might not have 1 thing to do with this but we are making promising inroads to much better players. Albeit only 1 year, but you have got to start somewhere…WPS
Our total number on 247 composite went up slightly because of 2 more bodies. What I was referring to was that our team average of now .8846 would have gone down slightly because the JUCO numbers were Nwanna .8648 and Cunningham .8561. It was their rating numbers that were “out of whack” with their talent levels because they were JUCOs, not high school recruits. Thus, IMO they are undervalued from a rating/ranking standpoint.
I’m not sure how much these rankings matter. A friend of mine who is an obnoxious Gator fan kept up for years of every player and their classification. He said there were more 3* playing in the NFL than any group then 4* and 5* had the least. This was also back when Florida always had a top five recruiting class. They may do a better job in classifying the kids today…I just aged myself
Star ratings are supposed to indicate a recruit’s ability to play the day they arrive on campus. The reason NFL players are mostly 3 star recruits out of high school is because they have enough time to close the gap.
Moreover, the system contradicts itself by not weighing JUCO recruits more heavily. If the star system is based on readiness, then most JUCOs should be four or five stars. However, they usually don’t have as high of a ceiling as high school recruits. If Cunningham was coming from high school right now, he’d definitely be a four star