In college football recruiting, it’s all about the ratings.
Everybody wants to land the five-star prospect. The only question is whether or not those highly-touted players will actually live up to the hype once they reach the collegiate level.
Of course, the era of internet ratings in college football recruiting has only been around for so long. Rivals.com broke onto the scene with recruiting rankings in time for the 2002 class.
SB Nation complied the stats in that span to find out where all current FBS teams have finished on average when it comes to recruiting each year.
So, which Big 12 school owned the best overall mark?
Texas hauled in the top recruiting class in the Big 12 last week, and that’s about what we’ve come to expect from the Longhorns. On average, Texas has recruited between 8th and 9th best (8.5) among all FBS teams every year since 2002, the sixth best mark of any program in that span. The Longhorns’ 2018 class exceeded that average — ranked the No. 3 class nationally, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Below is a complete look at Big 12 recruiting averages in the internet ratings era. Keep in mind that TCU and West Virginia did not play in the conference until 2012.
- Texas — 8.5 (No. 6)
- Oklahoma — 10.4 (No. 9)
- Oklahoma State — 31.9 (No. 30)
- West Virginia — 40.4 (No. 36)
- Texas Tech — 42.8 (No. 41)
- Baylor — 45.2 (No. 44)
- TCU — 45.8 (No. 46)
- Kansas State — 51.1 (No. 52)
- Kansas — 55.0 (No. 57)
- Iowa State — 55.7 (No. 58)
Of course, the lineup hasn’t always looked that way every year within the conference on National Signing Day. TCU brought in the No. 3 recruiting class in the Big 12 this year, while Texas Tech was dead last among all Power 5 teams, per the 247Sports composite ratings.
Nor have rankings always translated to immediate success on the field. Texas has boasted either the No. 1 or No. 2 recruiting class in the Big 12 every year since the decade began, but hasn’t won a Big 12 title since 2009.
Oklahoma meanwhile, has won three straight Big 12 championships — fueled by dominance from quarterback Baker Mayfield from 2015-17.
Nonetheless, the Longhorns have a knack for bringing in the potential talent needed to do great things on the gridiron. It appears to be just a matter of time before Tom Herman’s squad pieces it all together, and has Texas once again competing for a Big 12 title.