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May 3, 2012

2012 NCAA Soccer Recruiting

Because won't do it, I compiled the 2012 NCAA Soccer Recruiting process into one similar of A point for every star recruit a player is. (5 for 5, 4 for 4...) There were several players with no stars but seeing as there were less than 10 two-star recruits and 0 one-star recruits I just bumped them up to two-star recruits. I think the blanks were players simply unrated, not actual zero-star prospects.

The spreadsheet is sorted by the number of stars for incoming freshmen. The purple column on the right is half the number of total points from an early ranking I did last month. I was curious on how much of the prestige carried over to recruiting. Positive numbers means the school exceeded the prestige rating while a negative score means they were expected to get more recruits than they did. Connecticut, for example, had a -20 because they have no recruits on Top Drawer.

Looking back, I should probably weight 5 stars more than just 5 points... With this current set up, two three star recruits are more valuable than one 5 star recruit. I may tweak this in time.

Anyway, here's the list.

Various Points

I know Conneticut has a younger team than most but that doesn't mean they don't need to recruit at all. Currently Top Drawer has them with zero incoming freshmen but surely that's not the case.

UNC leads Wake Forest by two but Virginia, Maryland and UCLA are all close as well. Each one of the five schools have won a championship in the past ten years and five out of the past seven champions.

High Point and Portland bringing their A games.

Not a lot of recruits for Indiana, Akron, and others, but definitely a lot of quality in their few selections.

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