The Numbers Prove Kentucky Is Recruiting Among The Best

The Kentucky Wildcats Football program is recruiting like we haven’t seen the program do before.

In Rivals rankings, the Kentucky Wildcats have the No. 20 ranked class for 2020. Which is amazing. However, when you look closer you realize the staff is recruiting even a little better than that.

The rankings can be inflated when a team is recruiting a big class, even if they aren’t three or four star prospects.

Iowa is a great example. They have 22 commitments compared to Kentucky’s 14. Their commitments consist of ONE four-star commit and 20 three-star commits. They also have one commit with two-stars. But because they have so many commitments, they rank No. 18 compared to Kentucky at No. 20, even though Kentucky has a five-star, 3 four-star, and 10 three-star commitments.

The best way to measure the teams recruiting success is to average the rating of each player. When you do so Kentucky moves up to No. 18 with a 3.36 average. Iowa moves all the back to No. 40 with a 3.00 average.

Here’s how the top 25 looks by average recruit ranking:

  1. Clemson
  2. Georgia
  3. LSU
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Stanford
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Florida
  11. Texas
  12. Michigan
  13. Florida State
  14. Oregon
  15. Miami
  16. Nebraska
  17. Tennessee
  18. Kentucky
  19. South Carolina
  20. Washington
  21. Mississippi State
  22. North Carolina
  23. Penn State
  24. Arkansas
  25. Pitt

It’s also worth noting that this recruiting class the Louisville Cardinal fans have been glamouring about has the same inflation issue as Iowa. On the outside they look like the No. 23 ranked class. When you look at their average recruit being 2.85, they drop to No. 48. They have 1 four-star commit, 15 three-star commits, and 4 two-star commits. It’s going to hurt to see little brothers heart get broken after all this false hope…

Where was I…. This recruiting class is more impressive that the numbers show, unlike those other programs.

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