Wednesday is national signing day, and in preparation for it, my colleague, BGSU beat writer John Wagner and I, co-authored a Sunday piece that looks at MAC recruiting from 2007-09. We decided to not look at 2010 and 2011 because, with a few exceptions, members of those classes have yet to impact their teams either positively or negatively.
I’d invite you to read the story. A lot of research went into it, and there will be a few statistics you come across that surprise you. Maybe even stun you.
As many of you probably know, UT has recruited well. On Wednesday, the Rockets will introduce what is likely their third straight No. 1 class by either Rivals or Scout. But it’s a class that wasn’t ranked highly, 2009, that is most instrumental to the program’s revival. That class, which had just one member - Eric Page - when Tim Beckman inherited it was ranked 11th in the MAC by Scout and fourth by Rivals.
Bowling Green, as John notes, turned in a poorly rated 2008 class that ultimately proved to be even worse than the experts predicted. Thus, BG has struggled the past two seasons.
What follows is some of our research that didn’t make the paper
Rivals average class ranking from 2007-09:
Akron 2 (the same number of wins the Zips achieved the past two seasons)
Ball State T8
Bowling Green 12
Central Michigan 10
Eastern Michigan T8
Kent State T4
Northern Illinois 11 (2011 MAC champs)
Ohio 7 (2011 MAC runner up)
Toledo 1 (Rockets were No. 1 in 2007, a class that produced more guys who left school early, 12, than those who stayed, eight)
Western Michigan 3
Scout average class rankings from 2007-09:
Ball State T5
Bowling Green T5
Buffalo 13 (In agreement with Rivals)
Central Michigan 3
Eastern Michigan 11
Kent State T9
Northern Illinois 12 (Again, MAC champs)
Western Michigan T5
As you see, Rivals and Scout disagreed considerably on a number of teams.