Grading recruiting with 100 percent accuracy

January, 31, 2011
Recruiting itself doesn't excite me much. There are too many variables between now and 2016 to know what kind of career anyone who signs his letter of intent on Wednesday will have.

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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