College Football Recruiting Rankings 2014: It's Been Worse.

Stars? I don't need no stinking stars. - Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It could be better, but compared to recent years this year's a smashing success.

With National Signing Day just two days away, it's time to take a brief look at what's going on outside our little foxhole here. And what better way to do that than with tables?

Alabama is, once again, topping the charts on the strength of a whopping five 5-star commits (6 if you're looking at Scout) and anywhere from 13-15 4-stars. To put that in perspective, K-State's only got 20 commits total, and only one is a 4-star. As a result, Alabama currently sits atop the leaderboard in all four major rankings.

What we've done here is to take the ordinal ranking for all four services and mushed them all together, then averaged them out to give a full composite. (This isn't a perfect method by any means, as 247's rankings inherently include the others as well -- but, on the other hand, that also helps to smooth out some outliers.)

COMPOSITE TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS
RANK TEAM RIVALS 247 SCOUT ESPN COMPOSITE
1 Alabama 1 1 1 1 1.00
2 Texas A&M 3 3 3 2 2.75
3 Ohio State 2 2 4 6 3.50
4 Tennessee 4 6 2 5 4.25
5 Florida State 5 5 5 3 4.50
6 Louisiana State
6 4 7 4 5.25
7t Auburn 10 7 9 9 8.75
7t Florida 7 10 11 7 8.75
7t Notre Dame 9 9 6 11 8.75
10 Miami (FL)
11 11 8 8 9.50
11 Georgia 8 8 13 10 9.75
12 Texas 14 12 14 14 13.50
13 Mississippi 15 13 15 15 14.50
14 Stanford 16 14 18 19 16.75
15 Arizona State 17 22 12 17 17.00
16 Kentucky 13 20 16 20 17.25
17 Clemson 12 15 30 13 17.50
18 Oklahoma 21 18 22 16 19.25
19 Michigan 28 16 24 12 20.00
20 Cal-Los Angeles
18 17 20 28 20.75
21t Oklahoma State 23 25 10 26 21.00
21t Penn State 20 21 21 22 21.00
23 Baylor 33 24 17 18 23.00
24 Oregon 27 19 26 25 24.25
25 Arizona 24 29 25 21 24.75
-- Kansas State 45 49 55 ?? 50.00

That may look a little grim for the Wildcats, but it's a decided improvement over recent years. Here's where the 'Cats have been lately:

K-STATE COMPOSITE RECRUITING RANKINGS, 2008-2013
YEAR TEAM RIVALS 247 SCOUT ESPN COMPOSITE
2014 Kansas State 45 49 55 ?? 50.00
2013 Kansas State 61 66 68 54 62.25
2012 Kansas State 74 59 106 ?? 80.00
2011 Kansas State 51 69 61 ?? 60.00
2010 Kansas State 67 63 99 ?? 78.00
2009 Kansas State 95 93 112 ?? 100.00
2008 Kansas State 63 27 45 ?? 45.00

Two things jump out at you looking at that table. One, this is the best recruiting class of Snyder II and it's not even close. Two, this program has no business being in or around the top 25 every year because it obviously has no players. A team largely comprised of the 100th-ranked recruiting class in the country was ranked #1 in the BCS for a week in 2012, and if you think I'm going to pass up the opportunty to scoff at the recruiting rankings now you obviously don't know me very well.

Scoff.

Anyway, moving on to the Big 12:

BIG 12 COMPOSITE TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS
RANK TEAM RIVALS 247 SCOUT COMPOSITE
1 Texas 1 1 2 1.33
2t Oklahoma 2 2 4 2.67
2t Oklahoma State 4 3 1 2.67
4 Baylor 3 4 3 3.33
5 Texas Tech 5 5 5 5.00
6 West Virginia 6 6 7 6.33
7 Texas Christian
7 10 6 7.67
8 Kansas State 8 7 9 8.00
9 Iowa State 9 9 8 8.67
10 Kansas 10 8 10 9.33

Some wild variation there, but the outliers mostly balance out. This may look grim for K-State, but let's be honest: the Wildcats are always at or near the bottom of the Big 12 recruiting rankings, yet they continually out-perform the expectations those rankings lead to by an even greater margin than they do the annual pre-season coaches' poll.

It's worth noting, though, that this class could have been even better. K-State's rankings, both nationally and within the conference, took a hit with the Aaron Sharp decommitment, and had Terrell Clinkscales not flipped from Nebraska things would look even worse.

Still, this is the best job the Wildcat staff has done signing talent since Ron Prince left the building. He couldn't win with highly-ranked classes; Bill Snyder keeps winning with players the recruiting services think are essentially junk and flotsam. Make a list of the best players on this team over the last few years and it's decidedly lacking in stars (Arthur Brown and Chris Harper notwithstanding). What's Snyder going to do over the next couple of years with actual players?

We'll find out.

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