Recruiting Rankings | Wrapping up the Rankings From 2007 through 2011

OVERALL

I wanted to break the 2011 recruiting class down by offense, defense and by athlete, but also in comparison to the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 classes.  Don't yell at me because I haven't included the athletes (Gaines, D. Washington, Daniels, Robertson and Wright) in the rankings for either the offense or the defense.  I was tired, did not want to re-do the tables.  Besides, in a year (or maybe this spring) we'll have a much better idea as to what side of the ball the athletes will be playing.

I wanted to go back to the Recruiting Rankings series that I did, you know, the one that painstakingly takes a look at each of the prior classes from 2007 through 2010.  Go back and look at that post, just for a refresher.  Overall, this was right up with with just about any recent class, and other than the ranking given out by ESPN in the 2009 class, this is the water-mark for a banner year for Texas Tech recruiting.

Year # Scout Rivals Rivals Rating ESPN ESPN Grades
2007 29 2.38 2.72 5.47   59.34
2008 16 2.75 3.00 5.58   42.88
2009 25 2.84 3.00 5.57   70.36
2010 28 2.61 2.89 5.40 2.07 60.25
2011 27 2.92 3.14 5.62 2.40 66.00
AVERAGES 25 2.70 2.95 5.53 2.24 59.77


Now, let's get to the offense, defense and the athletes. 

OFFENSE


We'll get into the specifics of each player a little bit later.  Generally speaking, this is an impressive an offensive class that I've seen at Texas Tech and the recruiting numbers prove that out. 

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 79
WR Marcus Kennard 6-4/205 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 4 5.8 2 0 0
WR Jakeem Grant 5-7/157 Horn (Mesquite, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 75
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.9 4 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 76
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 79
OL Matt Wilson 6-7/270 Coldspring-Oakhurst (Coldspring, TX) 3 5.5 3 0 45
AVG.       3.45 5.72 3.27 2.64 67.91

 

So much more good-strong after the jump.

As noted below, this was an outstanding class.  Think about it like this, there's only 4 players (Brewer, A. Morales, Grant and Wilson) that don't have at least one 4-star ranking. Let that sink in for a minute and consider that Brewer was a 4-star at some point this year, but was lowered due to his injury.  That's right 11 commits and 7 of them have a 4-star rating.  Best overall, from top to bottom, offensive class I can remember.

Year # % Scout Rivals Rivals Rating ESPN ESPN Grades
2007 15 51.72% 2.40 2.80 5.49   66.33
2008 7 43.75% 2.43 3.00 5.59   54.43
2009 9 36.00% 3.00 3.22 5.63   77.44
2010 8 28.57% 2.50 2.88 4.96 2.50 66.50
2011 11 40.74% 3.27 3.45 5.72 2.64 67.91
AVERAGES 10 40.16% 2.72 3.07 5.48 2.57 66.52

DEFENSE

I'm the guy that secretly thought that this thing was going to completely fall apart yesterday.  I suppose that's the roller-coaster ride of not having a subscription.  It was totally exciting.  The thing that I love is that there are only two JUCO's although at some point, I'd love to see a highly-ranked high school defensive tackle commit in successive years. With that being said, there's an abundance of young defensive ends on this team.  There's also some unknowns and long-shots, but then again, the entire recruiting process could be considered a long-shot.

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
DL Dennell Wesley 6-3/315 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 3 5.5 2 0 0
DL Leon Mackey 6-5/260 Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) 4 5.8 3 0 0
DL Donte Phillips 6-3/260 Homestead (Mequon, WI) 2 5.4 3 2 74
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 75
DE Branden Jackson 6-4/220 McKeesport (McKeesport, PA) 3 5.7 4 3 78
DE Desimon Green 6-5/230 Clairton (Clairton, PA) 3 5.5 3 3 78
DE Cooper Washington 6-4/225 Muleshoe (Muleshoe, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 3 2 73
LB Sam Eguavoen 6-2/220 Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) 3 5.6 2 3 75
LB Justin Cooper 6-1/205 University School of Nova South (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 3 5.5 2 2 74
CB Jeremy Reynolds 5-9/166 Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, NC) 3 5.5 2 3 77
AVG.       3.00 5.57 2.73 2.18 62.00


In looking back, this class was just about on par with the averages of the Scout, Rivals and Rivals Ratings for the past few years.  Would like to start to see a marked improvement on this side of the ledger.  Still, the 2011 class was better than the 2009 and 2010 classes, ever so slightly (except for ESPN).  Baby steps.

Year # % Scout Rivals Rivals Rating ESPN ESPN Grades
2007 13 44.83% 2.38 2.69 5.46   52.77
2008 8 50.00% 3.13 3.13 5.63   33.13
2009 16 64.00% 2.75 2.88 5.53   66.38
2010 20 71.43% 2.65 2.90 5.58 1.90 57.75
2011 11 40.74% 2.73 3.00 5.57 2.73 62.00
AVERAGES 13.60 54.20% 2.73 2.92 5.55 2.32 54.40

ATHLETES

I have a feeling that Daniels and Washington will end up on offense while Gaines and Wright will end up on defense.  Robertson could play a number of positions and that's a pretty freaking nice luxury to have. 

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
ATH Ronnie Daniels 6-1/195 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 3 5.6 3 3 76
ATH LaDarrin Robertson 6-3/215 Longview (Longview, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 77
ATH DeAndre Washington 5-9/183 Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 78
ATH J.J. Gaines 5-11/175 Irving Nimitz (Irving, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 77
ATH Otis Wright 6-0/180 Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 2 5.4 0 0 45
AVG.       2.80 6.05 3.15 2.59 70.81


No yearly averages here as by this time, we're usually able to classify a player as an offense or defensive player.  I'm being lazy. 

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