Grading recruiting with 100 percent accuracy
No such luck, class of 2006.
As much as I hate trying to project, I love looking back at the past and comparing it to what we thought then.
We've taken a look back at past top recruits this week, and will continue to do so, but Jimmy Burch at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram took a fascinating look back at the Big 12 South recruiting classes in 2006, judging them by the only criteria that's 100 percent accurate: Their accomplishments over their five-year careers, including redshirt seasons.
Texas, as usual, had the top class in the division, but Burch developed a scoring system to regrade the draft classes, and they look quite a bit different.
Players could only receive points for their top accomplishment that season, but here's how he doled them out:
- 0 points for a starter, role player or washout, because every school has them.
- 1 point for a starter who left early for the NFL and remains on an active NFL roster.
- 1 point for a player who received second-team recognition on an All-Big 12 team.
- 2 points for a player who received first-team recognition on an All-Big 12 team.
- 3 points for a Player of the Year (offensive or defensive) on an All-Big 12 team.
- 4 points for a consensus All-American.
- 5 points for a player who received a national award.
- 8 points for a Heisman Trophy winner.
The Star-Telegram breaks every class down, and you should absolutely check it out, but here's how the classes ranked after tallying up the points.
1. Oklahoma -- 37 points
2. Texas Tech -- 17 points
3. Oklahoma State -- 13 points
4. Texas -- 3 points
5. Texas A&M -- 2 points
6. Baylor -- 0 points
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