Mount St. Mary's hired a private equity CEO to be their president. You'll never guess what happened next.
Surprised no one has posted any of these. A few very interesting quotables from Hackett:
Jim Hackett says Michigan is "working on a schedule change for football" that he thinks fans will really like.— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) February 3, 2016
I asked if the football schedule change involved renewing a rivalry, and Jim Hackett smiled and said he couldn't comment any further.— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) February 4, 2016
Lastly, I have to imagine this is a shot at Clemson. Perhaps Ole Miss as well. Can't say it would be entirely out of character for either...
Hackett said he thinks Rashan Gary was offered "incentives" during his recruitment & is pleased he chose the right path–a Michigan education— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) February 4, 2016
If there was no other reason to do what they did today...this would've been reason enough.
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Jourdan Lewis, Jabrill Peppers, Rashan Gary.
What do I mean by that? Well, one of those players is going to be the third best defender on our team next year. Let that sink in for a little.
TLDR: It's very good. Jim Harbaugh deserves an absolute standing ovation. I ranked last year's class as a C- in absolute quality without factoring in the quick turnaround. This year's class gets an A and very nearly gets an A+. Stellar, stellar work.
But let's get a little deeper. One way to compare the quality of our recruiting against our Big Ten East competition is to look at absolute recruiting rankings. By that method, OSU is #3 nationally and #1 in the B10E, Michigan is #5 nationally and #2 in the B10E, PSU is #20 nationally and #3 in the B10E, and MSU is #21 nationally and #4 in the B10E.
What I don't like, however, is that these aggregated, overall rankings don't really divulge much information about the classes themselves. It's one thing to know our class isn't as good as Ohio State's, but where do they have us beat? At the top? In terms of depth? And is MSU's top end comparable to our own? I wanted to find new ways to find out.
I started by using the 247 composite player ratings instead of the player rankings. I used the ratings because they're more stable year-to-year. 247 rates players on a scale between 1.0 and .70. Roughly, ratings between 1.0 and .98 will be five star players. .97 and .90 are four star guys. .89 to .80 are the three stars, and everything below that is a two star.
First, let's look at each teams' class, ranked from their best player to their worst:
Next - and this is where it gets really interesting - let's put that into a graph. You can click the image to embiggen:
Player ratings run along the left edge of the graph. Higher up is better. The horizontal axis represents each player, organized from the highest rated to the lowest rated.
- Michigan's class is roughly equal to OSU at the top and at the bottom of the class. But where OSU really separates itself as the best is that the middle of the class is thick with higher rated guys. Our class drops off significantly between Ahmir Mitchell (.9265) and Brad Hawkins (.8997).
- PSU's variability is pretty remarkable. Their three highest rated prospects rival the tops of OSU and Michigan's classes. But things drop off quickly thereafter, and absent those three players their class is actually a little worse than MSU's. They need those three players (RB Sanders, OG Menet, and DE Simmons) to come through badly.
- MSU lacks top-end guys, although their decommitments (DE Robertson and WR Rison) hurt them badly. With a few more higher-rated talents, MSU's class would have rivaled our own in the middle and at the bottom of each respective class.
You also notice that the players separate themselves off into five "tiers" relative to these four schools. Let's use the horizontal quintile lines above to define our own range of "5-star," "4-star," "3-star," "2-star," and "1-star" players to get a feel for how each class stacks up numerically. That produces a chart like so:
Which recruit are you most excited about? Who do you think was rated way to low?
I think I am must excited for Asiasi. He looks like a beast.