The final pieces of the puzzle are coming together when it comes to the Rivals.com prospect rankings for football, basketball and baseball. National position rankings are available for all three sports, as are individual prospect ratings; you can also find "player stock" information on football and basketball prospects, as well as team rankings through which you can see how your school is keeping up in the recruiting race.
So now all the pieces are in place for you to get a gauge on who the best players in the nation are and what teams lead in the race for the recruiting national championship.
To help give a gauge of where a player stands on an update-to-update basis, a player will have a stock value of rising, steady or falling. Using the Player Stock, you can track the type of interest the recruit is getting from college programs and where his status stands in the eyes of the coaches recruiting them. The stock ranking is only one piece of the puzzle, though.
Star Light, Star Bright
Probably the most important ranking will be the player's numerical and star ranking on a national level. Not only will the player be rated quantitatively, he'll also be ranked qualitatively. The top players at each position will be ranked at his position from one to 100 and also will be ranked with stars from five stars being the best to one star meaning not ranked.
Junior college prospects are not ranked with the high school players like they were in the old Rivals.com rankings. However, the junior college players are ranked numerically with the other junior college prospects in order from one to 50 at this point. They are also ranked by stars and do count in the team rankings – so teams that do recruit heavily on the junior college level will get rewarded for landing quality players just like they would with high school prospects.
Our baseball prospects don't have star ratings. Rather, baseball prospects are rated with TeamOneBaseball's unique "T1 Rating" system. Just as the college game is different than the pro game, so is the value of a prospect different for a college recruiter than for a professional scout.
The T1 rating takes both into account, giving two individual ratings from 1 to 5. The first is the player's rating as a pro prospect, the second as a college prospect. Excited that your school signed that pitcher that was drafted in the first round? That may not be the steal you expected. But that first baseman that wasn't drafted until Round 40...he may prove much more valuable at the collegiate level. Let the T1 Rating be your guide.
For a much more detailed description of T1 Ratings, click here to visit TeamOneBaseball.com.
There's no "I" in "Team"
Next to the national player rankings, recruiting fans want to know how their favorite team stacks up in the race for the recruiting national championship. Rivals100 has developed a state of the art point system for the team rankings that allows teams to be rewarded for landing the top players in a number of different criteria areas.
Teams are awarded points through a formula that rewards them for both the quantity of commitments and the quality of those players. Prospects with higher star ratings earn more points for the school to which they commit; prospects that are ranked among the top at their positions earn still more points; and prospects that are ranked on the Rivals 100 earn even more bonus points.
The team rankings will be updated once a day in the early morning hours until we move closer to signing day when team rankings will be updated on a more timely manner. So that way as the recruiting wars begin to heat up, you can see how your favorite team does in the battle for the recruiting national championship.