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.
While the star ratings are a key component in the team rankings, another key component is the position ranking. A three star player ranked 15th at his position is considerably more valuable than a player with three stars ranked 70th.
Three of the Top 5 teams didn't lose a single player to attrition over the summer. LSU, Georgia, and Texas enrolled all of its signees from February. Georgia and Texas enrolled classes that matched the Top 3 in quality, but the Top 3 were able to bring in several more high caliber players to flush out its list of enrollees.
USC moves up a couple of spots with a stunning 4.0 s.p.p., the highest in the country. USC's 13 five star and four star enrollees placed it fifth most in the country.
Lane Kiffin and Tennessee had a remarkable first class in what is normally a transition year. The Vols lose 3-Star wide receiver James Green, but managed to bring in the No. 1 running back in the nation, Bryce Brown and tied USC with 13 five star and four star players.
Oklahoma went heavy on defense in the Class of 2009 and is bringing in all of its key contributors including five star linebacker Ronnell Lewis and Top 5 outside linebacker Tom Wort.
UCLA held onto a spot in the Top 10 despite some attrition on the strength of bringing in nine players on the Scout 300 including No. 1 tight end Morrell Presley.
Rounding out the Top 10, Stanford was a team that just wouldn't go away during the 2009 recruiting season. The Cardinal got off to a strong start, including five star linebacker Shayne Skov, and as is typical, didn't lose any players to attrition.
North Carolina is the team that may have been hit the hardest by attrition. The Tar Heels planned for some of the attrition by oversigning by four players, but losing high profile signees like Justin Dixon, Johnnie Farms, and Donavan Tate dropped North Carolina double digit spots in the Revised Rankings.
Of Scout's five star prospects, only Missouri's Sheldon Richardson did not enroll with his team.
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