Last summer was the early rush in class of 2013 recruiting but things will heat up once again throughout July and August. Eleven prospects rated 4-stars or better by at least one of the three major scouting services have committed to Big Ten schools but there are no five star commitments to date. The early leader in the class of 2013 is Indiana as the recent commitment of Stanford Robinson nudged the Hoosiers ahead of Michigan for the top spot.
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals||Scout||ESPN||Avg.||Avg. Score||Cum. Score|
Find full class breakdowns, additions and subtractions of the last two months, and a note on how all of these numbers were calculated after the jump.
Action since last rankings:
- Nov 8, 2011: Penn State adds commitment from Geno Thorpe
- Jan 1, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Luke Fischer
- Feb 9, 2012: Penn State adds commitment from Brandon Austin
- Apr 22, 2012: I.J. Ready decommits from Nebraska
- May 16, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Stanford Robinson
- May 31, 2012: Jalen James decommits from Illinois
- Jun 8, 2012: Milos Kostic decommits from Northwestern
No commitments for Iowa.
No commitments for Michigan State.
No commitments for Minnesota.
No commitments for Nebraska.
No commitments yet for Northwestern.
Every player is given a normalized score on a 100 point scale for each of the three major scouting services. That score breaks down like this:
|100 =||5* Player|
|95 =||4* and top 50 player|
|90 =||4* player not in top 50|
|85 =||Top 150 player or top 30 at position|
|80 =||Top 40 at position|
|75 =||Top 50 at position or 3* player unranked at his position|
|70 =||Top 75 at position|
|65 =||Top 100 at position or 2* player unranked at his position|
|60 =||Top 300 player or 1* player unranked at his position|
|50 =||Player who has no star rating or position ranking|
That much is relatively simple. Those scores are combined into two cumulative metrics: Class Average Score and Class Cumulative Score.
- Class Average Score: Average normalized scores by service multiplied by the square root of the number of commitments/3.25 (13 total scholarships over 4 years).
- Class Cumulative Score: Sum of all normalized score for all recruits based on all services
The system is far from perfect – as was discussed in the comments of our last 2012 update - but we favor the current system to generate some sort of consistent, objective basis for comparing classes.
Special thanks to Trent Montemayor for compiling all of the data.