Dorian Bell leads the Buckeye rankings
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
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
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
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
Ohio State held on to the No. 1 spot in Scout's Team Rankings by virtue of
enrolling nearly a full class of prep players (no junior college players) and having 14
players ranked in the Top 15 at their positions. LSU signed the most five star
prospects in the country (5) and included 11 players ranked in the Top 15 at
their positions. Alabama enrolled a whopping 15 four and five star players and
finished just behind LSU by the slimmest of margins after losing four players to
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
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
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.
|Scout.com 2009 Enrolled Team Rankings|
||Petey Smith, Anthony Orr
||Brandon Warner, Lester White
||Willie Ferrell, Artice Kellam
||Justin Dixon, Johnnie Farms
||Leon Mackey, Duane Chisolm
||C.J. Mizell, Willie Downs
||Deon Long, Tevita Finau
||Malcolm Bunche, Prince Kent
||Terrance Coleman, B. Jacobs
||Added Darrell Givens
||Lorne Goree, David Mackall
||Adaris Bellamy, Kamran Joyer
||Donte Rumph, Terrell Mitchell
||Kyle Van Noy, Adam Hine
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