Ohio State's 2009 Football Recruiting Class: Still No. 1

RunTellMattContributor ISeptember 2, 2009

by RunTellMatt

Still think USC has "far superior talent" than any other team in college football? Think again. Don't get me wrong, USC consistenly has a top five team talent-wise every year, but the "far superior" part is where I call hyperbole. 

It has become painfully prevalent in the college football world for unfounded propaganda, such as the aforementioned, as well as such things as, "x conference just cannot match the speed of the SEC", to float around message boards and blog comment chains as if supported by statistical data.
It's not entirely the fan's fault though.  It has been indoctrinated into the susceptible ones by ESPN and the media thanks to a financial incentive to do so.  But, I digress. 

Alas, such statistical proof exists (actually, it's always been there, but it's nice to see recent support), although it may not be well-received by some.

Before I get to it I must say, it's not as if I go out of my way to gloat about recruiting class ranking or even feel the need to prove Ohio State has as much talent as any other team, but rather I like to use the information in rebuttal to those propagating the nonsense.

After all, there really isn't a substantial discrepancy between the No. 1 recruiting class and, say maybe the fifth. For the most part, top tier programs, such as USC, Ohio State, TX, AL, etc., consistently bring in top classes year after year. 

Performance of said talent is another thing all together. Perhaps a fair gauge would be the number of players a team both currently has and consistently puts in the NFL.

Right now, Ohio State has 48 former players actively on NFL rosters. But, this is an argument for another day.

So, back to that proof I spoke of. The following is an article from scout.com regarding a revised look at the recruiting class for 2009:


By Scott Kennedy
Director of Scouting
Posted Sep 2, 2009

With kickoff for the 2009 season a matter of hours away, let's take a revised look at the recruiting rankings for the Class of 2009 based on who reported to campus after attrition has taken its toll.

From grayshirts to baseball to academic casualties, the dream that is the Class of 2009 on National Signing Day undergoes inevitable changes when it comes time to suit up for games in September.

Scout takes a look back at the Class of 2009 and re-ranks the classes once attrition is factored in. Scout tries to limit the effect of attrition by limiting the amount of players counted towards the Team Rankings in February to the Top 25 players, so a team that signs 30 players may not see a drastic drop in the rankings after losing five, since Scout didn't count all 30 players in February.

The most drastic example of this policy in action would be Ole Miss. Ole Miss signed 37 players in February and lost 10 to attrition. Scout only counted 25 players from Ole Miss' Class in February, enrolled nearly all of its high profile targets, and held steady with a national ranking of 17th in the country.

Not all teams sign over 25 players though (and no SEC team will be allowed to oversign as dramatically in the future), so there will be some shuffling among the Top Classes. Let's take a look at how the Class of 2009 shook out post-attrition.

There was virtually a three way tie at the top of the Scout rankings with Ohio State, LSU, and Alabama all having a legitimate claim to the top spot in the country. For the star gazers, Ohio State enrolled 24 players at 3.79 stars per player (s.p.p.), LSU enrolled 24 at 3.79 spp, and Alabama enrolled 23 at 3.78 spp.

Read original story here: http://recruiting.scout.com/2/894160.html