This is the first year for many of my new recruiting rank team Matrix charts. With all the National Signing Day hype I thought it would be interesting to track the last 48 hours of the 2012 recruiting cycle. There were a lot of winners, some losers and a bunch that went almost nowhere. I hope you enjoy this first annual edition. Send me a tweet @CFBMatrix email email@example.com or comment on the page to let me know what you think about it.
This is a very diverse bunch of AQ and non-AQ teams across the country. I found a number in interesting metrics in the chart below. Most teams that finished strong ended with a recruiting rank (RR) above their 4 year national ranking. The teams with green numbers in the 3rd column are the ones that closed hard and well above their 4 year rank. Stanford, Rutgers, and Houston all had a big final 48 hours and a huge recruiting cycle. The monster was the new HC at Arkansas State! Plus 18 spots in the final 48 hours and plus 37 over their 4 year ranking from ’08-’11!
One the other side, there were strong closers fighting to not drop back in talent too far. Kansas, in spite of a strong finish got HAMMERED this cycle. 35 ranking spots below, what was already a horrid national 4 year recruiting ranking. Clearly there is no schematic recruiting advantage in Lawrence. Other AQs taking big talent hits were North Carolina -22 spots and Nebraska -11 spots.
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