What are “offer-based” rankings?
This site presents a unique approach to ranking high school athletes. Major recruiting services rank players based upon the opinions of their experts. Instead of opinion, the offer-based approach relies upon the actual offers recruits have received from Division 1 colleges. Ultimately, it is a ranking based upon how much college coaches would like to add each recruit to their teams.
Exactly what these rankings measure is debatable. While recruiting analysts are primarily concerned with how well an athlete plays their particular sport and position, college coaches must take much more into consideration. Academic ability and character, for example, are traits a college coach must consider before extending an offer to a prospect. Instead of being solely a ranking of a player’s athletic ability, offer-based rankings could be thought of as a measure of how valuable Division 1 coaches believe each prospect would be to their teams.
The proprietary methodology (How it works):
1) The offers that Division 1 FBS colleges have extended to athletes are gathered from recruiting services. The rankings on this site are based upon combined data retrieved from the Rivals and ESPN services. This method results in what may be the most comprehensive collection of offers in existence.
2) Each offer is assigned a value based upon the relative success of the program extending the offer. A description of the weighting method along with the values for each program can be found here: http://rankbyoffers.wordpress.com/team-weightings/
3) All of the points for a player’s offers are added together to calculate that player’s total offer points.
4) The players are then ranked based upon their total offer points.
5) To determine rankings for college recruiting classes, all of the total offer points for each of their commits are added together. The total offer points for all of the Division 1 college recruiting classes are then compared to arrive at the recruiting class rankings.
There are some variables that should be taken into consideration when reviewing a player’s ranking. Players who commit to a college early, for instance, will likely be penalized in these rankings because other colleges are less likely to extend an offer to a prospect who is already committed.
A note to Recruits:
If the information presented on this site for your Division 1 FBS offers appears to be incorrect, review your offer data on the Rivals and ESPN recruiting websites and send any corrections to your Rivals and ESPN contacts. Your corrections will eventually flow through to this site.
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