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Why have we dropped?

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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:51 PM

Why have we dropped? 


A few weeks ago, we were ranked 25th in the Scout team recruiting rankings. Why have we dropped to 40th?
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Posted: 2/5/2013 1:34 PM

Re: Why have we dropped? 


Well, Northwestern doesn't attract many late commitments.

Most are set in stone, while other schools attract the late-coming 4- and 5-star recruits who prolong their commitments (say, James Clark). 

So the 40th best class is still respectable. Though the ranking has decreased, it seems about right. And as always, this school doesn't necessarily rely on top recruiting classes to compete in the Big Ten.

No cause for alarm!
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Posted: 2/5/2013 5:23 PM

Re: Why have we dropped? 



nmedline wrote: Well, Northwestern doesn't attract many late commitments.

Most are set in stone, while other schools attract the late-coming 4- and 5-star recruits who prolong their commitments (say, James Clark). 

So the 40th best class is still respectable. Though the ranking has decreased, it seems about right. And as always, this school doesn't necessarily rely on top recruiting classes to compete in the Big Ten.

No cause for alarm!

Actually, if we hold at 40 it will be our best showing in a long time. Last year we were 48 and the 2011 class was 59 (a class where virtually every player contributed to a 10 win season).  '09 and '08 were both ranked 69th and look what a contribution that '08 class made.

Most of our players stick around for 4 (or 5) years so they have time to develop and we just recruit a lot of guys who though not highly ranked in High School have the grit and determination to make themselves good players.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:21 PM

Re: Why have we dropped? 


We also have a relatively small class at 19, because we keep our players and they graduate, and most rating services give extra points for quantity of players, in addition to "quality" of players.
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