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A Better Way of Ranking Recruiting Classes

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Who knew that Greg Childs from tiny Warren, AR would turn out to be so good? Bobby Petrino, for starters.
Who knew that Greg Childs from tiny Warren, AR would turn out to be so good? Bobby Petrino, for starters.

If you're one of those folks who's still feeling pangs of jealousy at all the 5-star players and gaudy recruiting rankings our SEC competitors are piling up, here's a really interesting article to make you feel better:

SI's Andy Staples has re-evaluated the 2008 recruiting rankings not based on the estimates of a bunch of scouts looking at a bunch of unproven high school players, but by - gasp! - the players' actual production on the field in the college game. Not too shockingly, the 2008 rankings and 2011 re-rankings don't always match up.

The big winner in Staples' new evaluation, as it turns out, is Arkansas. Ranked a measly #36 at the time by Rivals (and #24 by Scout), the Hogs' 2008 class is now sitting pretty in the #5 slot. Given that it included Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson, Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, Jerico Nelson, Tenarius Wright and other big-time contributors, that's not too surprising in retrospect.

Of course, who knew at the time that these mostly unheralded 3-stars would turn out so well? As it turns out, Bobby Petrino and his staff did. Keep the faith!