In putting together a little update on UW’s recruiting for the Sunday paper — I’ll link that in a separate post later — I undertook the annual practice of reviewing the recruiting ratings of the past years to see how they compare.
Recruiting rankings are obviously a relatively new phenomenon. But Scout and Rivals — the two major recruiting sites — each have their rankings available dating to 2002 to allow for the most apples-to-apples comparison possible.
Here’s the list — and obviously this year’s is through right now, with a month left to the Feb. 6 signing day, with the others the final ratings for that year’s class:
2013 — Scout 11, Rivals 11
2012 — Scout 22, Rivals 20
2011 — Scout 22, Rivals 23
2010 — Scout 11, Rivals 28
2009 — Scout 66, Rivals 68
2008 — Scout 14, Rivals 24
2007 — Scout 29, Rivals 36
2006 — Scout 35, Rivals 35
2005 — Scout 55, Rivals 66
2004 — Scout 22, Rivals 19
2003 — Scout 18, Rivals 23
2002 — Scout 23, Rivals 19
So yes, this could be the highest-rated class overall, and tie the Scout.com rating in 2010.
There remain lots of big fish out there so UW’s class could move into the top 10. The last time UW had a class in the top 10 was 2001 when Rivals.com rated UW No. 5 nationally — that was the class that included receivers Reggie Williams and Charles Frederick as well as JC standouts Kai Ellis and Taylor Barton, among others.
Regarded as the highest-rated recruiting class in UW history — at least since ratings became into being — is the 1991 group that featured Napoleon Kaufman, Mark Breuner and Damon Huard, among others).
The two real outliers there are obviously the 2005 and 2009 classes that came following mid-season coach firings. Otherwise, though, you see UW has consistently been in the top 25 (excepting the 2006 class, the year when UW got Jake Locker but didn’t land Taylor Mays or Stephen Schilling) but always outside the top 10. There’s a lot that can still happen, so the final assessment of this class could still change (in terms of rating, anyway — obviously any real assessment is more accurately a few years ago once we see how they turn out on the field).
But as of now, UW does indeed appear to be putting together a class that could be its highest-rated in more than a decade.