Another recruiting class is in the books for Wyoming football as the Cowboys signed 24 players Wednesday.
In 20-plus years of covering UW sports, I’ve never heard a coach have a bad thing to say about their recruiting classes — no matter the sport and no matter the coach. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a coach say: “This class is OK, not great, but OK,” or “We didn’t sign a very good class.”
One big thing a lot of people — and the media – looks at in recruiting classes is the number of stars by their names given out by the numerous online recruiting websites like rivals.com, 247sports, scout.com — just to name a few.
Those of you who follow UW football and know UW football know that these national outlets normally don’t think highly of the Cowboys’ recruiting classes. Four and five-star recruits don’t sign with UW. The result are classes ranked near the bottom of all the 120-plus Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
How much you consider those ranking systems valid is up to you, but quite frankly, I don’t think they mean a lot. However, would we think this if UW’s recruiting class was rated in the top 20 in the country by any of these websites?
But looking at the rankings from some of these websites for 2017 football recruiting, there are a lot of variances.
As of Thursday afternoon, Rivals.com ranked UW’s class 96th out of 100 teams in the country. Only six of the 12 Mountain West teams were in its top 100, and UW was one of them so I guess there is that.
247sports and Scout ranked all 129 FBS teams. Scout had UW 89th and 247 had them 116th. In both, only four MW teams ranked below UW. The top MW team was Boise State, which was ranked in the low 60s.
Each website has their own way or formula in coming up with these rankings, and that’s fine. But there seems to be quite a descrepency from one to the other.
So what does it all mean? To me, not a whole lot.
What stood out to me when fourth-year coach Craig Bohl introduced UW’s 2017 class was that most of the guys they signed were their top targets on their recruiting board. It may not always work that way, but to me it says a lot that after watching film and breaking down the skills of hundreds of kids, UW was able to get the guys they really coveted.
As Bohl has said numerous times, UW is a developmental program. How Bohl and staff develop these guys — along with the current players on the roster — is what will determine the Cowboys’ success.
Look at guys like quarterback Josh Allen, safety Andrew Wingard and linebacker Logan Wilson. Not a lot of star-power behind their recruiting rankings. But there’s plenty of star power as far as their abilities and their value to the Cowboys.
The question I pose to you is how much do you value the star-rating by these sites?
For more on UW’s recruiting class, log on to wyosports.net.