College Football Recruiting: How have last-place recruiters fared in the win column?

Taking a look at last-place recruiters and win-loss records

7/8/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Recruiting is a key element in college football and is the most important factor to a successful program. It's integral for coaches and coordinators to have a strong plan so that they can lure the kids they want to their respective team and help build for the near future.Blog Photo - College Football Recruiting: How have last-place recruiters fared in the win column?

National recruiting and scouting websites use ratings to compare prospects and what level of competition they're worthy of. For example, a five-star recruit would probably fall in the hands of Alabama, Florida or Texas, etc.

There are prospects that are given two stars, and then there are some with no rating—these recruits usually head to Mid-American Conference or Conference USA programs, in terms of Division-1A football.

But do these ratings matter? What are their significance? Are they even accurate?

Below is a list of the 10 worst recruiting class from 2010, per 247Sports Team Rankings (not including South Alabama or Georgia State, which weren't members of the FBS at the time). I have taken their "recruiting rankings" and matched it up with their win-loss records from '10-12.

Team '10 Team Ranking '10 record '11 record '12 record
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers              108 2-10 (2-6) 7-5 (7-1) 7-6 (4-4)
Eastern Michigan Eagles              109 2-10 (2-6) 6-6 (4-4) 2-10 (1-7)
Boise State Broncos              110 12-1 (7-1) 12-1 (7-1) 11-2 (7-1)
Ohio Bobcats              111 8-5 (6-2) 10-4 (7-2) 9-4 (4-4)
North Texas Mean Green              112 3-9 (3-5) 5-7 (4-4) 4-8 (3-5)
Mid Tennessee Blue Raiders              113 6-7 (5-3) 2-10 (1-7) 8-4 (6-2)
LA-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns              114 3-9 (3-5) 9-4 (6-2) 9-4 (6-2)
LA-Monroe Warhawks              115 5-7 (4-4) 4-8 (3-5) 8-5 (6-2)
Florida Atlantic Owls              116 4-8 (3-5) 1-11 (0-8) 3-9 (2-6)
Northwestern Wildcats              117 7-6 (3-5) 6-7 (3-4) 10-3 (5-3)

In most cases, freshmen rarely see the field and have little-to-no impact on the team's win-loss record—so we'll look at the 2011 season first. Five of the 10 teams had at least six wins, and six of them had a win increase from the year before.

In 2012, seven of the 10 teams had at least six wins, and eight of them had either the same record or better than they did in 2010. Altogether, teams No. 108-117 combined for a 71-55 record last season, which is an astounding 14.4 percent increase from 2010.

Northwestern, the only member of this list from a BCS-qualifying school, won 10 games last season and is expected to vie for the Big Ten Legends Division this fall. Louisiana at Lafayette has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, Ohio will contend for the MAC again, Western Kentucky is looking to win the Sun Belt, and Boise State always tends to do more with less.

Seven of the listed programs were bowl eligible in 2012-13. The class of 2010 still has another year left to leave its mark. The question is this: Are recruiting services accurate?

The stats show not always, but it does give us something fun to talk about in the dead months of the offseason.


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