I ran into this interesting tidbit on the College Football Matrix website.

The University of Wisconsin football team's recently signed recruiting class represented the fifth-biggest jump among schools when compared to their average ranking over the previous five years.

UW's average national ranking for its last five recruiting classes was 40th. This year's class was ranked 28th, an improvement of 12 spots.

Arizona State had the biggest jump, a plus-20, going from an average of 38 the previous five years, to 18th this year.

The rest of the top five included Kentucky (plus-19), North Carolina State (plus-17) and Kansas State (plus-14).

There were only eight total schools whose 2014 composite class ranking exceeded their five-year average by 10 or more spots.

The remaining three are Arizona (plus-11), Tennessee (plus-11) and Texas A&M (plus-10).

Only one school among the top eight was also listed in 2013 among the "Recruiters Risers List." That was Texas A&M.

So, how significant is this for the Badgers?

This was UW coach Gary Andersen's first full recruiting class, so that's certainly an encouraging sign for the Badgers. But the story also made it clear, it's difficult to change recruiting trends over the long haul.

"To have any big break-out year is exceptional. To do it for several years, extremely difficult. To break out, re-establish a new ‘range’ and maintain it is very rare."

Still, any new trend has to start somewhere and we'll see if Andersen is able to keep this up in the 2015 recruiting class.

One other noteworthy item, UW was the only one of the eight schools to have the same average ranking over the past three and past five recruiting classes. The Badgers averaged No. 40 for both periods, so they have been nothing if not consistent in recent years.

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What major in state recruit that could have gotten into UW did we lose?

Air Tom
Air Tom

I do want to add that I love the focus on the offensive line and on speed.

Air Tom
Air Tom

Class rankings shouldn't come out until 4 years after they commit. Ranking a class of relatively unknown talent really doesn't mean all that much. That said, how much of this years class ranking is affected by the size of the class. If it were "normal" size I think it'd be more par for the course.


badgerfan1 - Are you actually a Badgers fan?
If you say you are, I'll believe you, but I'm calling into question because so many of your posts regarding the Badgers seem to fall on the negative POV of things.
Anyway, have a nice day.


This is another nonsense phony-baloney article. First of all in the majority of ranking surveys the Badgers are in the mid 30s. Secondly they are behind Ohio St., Mich, Mich St, Penn St., and Nebraska in the quality of their recruiting. Finally they lost at least one quality in state recruit. I am a firm believer they need ALL the top level in state recruits yearly. I fear that some of these recruits from elsewhere may in fact be 2nd or 3rd level players in their states. Time will tell how they REALLY match up. Still a phoney article.

Ego Vigilabo Vigilum
Ego Vigilabo Vigilum


"I am a firm believer they need ALL the top level in state recruits yearly."

Just curious; is your 'firm belief" specific to Bucky & Wisconsin, or does it include other B1G TEN schools & the states within which they are located?

For example; should Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, & Nebraska (single B1G TEN school states) be held to the same standard?

Howse about Illinois (UI & NU), Michigan (MU & MSU) Indiana (IU & PU)?



Andersen's Cleveland HC position consideration could affect recruiting success over the next couple years ... IMO, it's a given the competition will leverage this as uncertainty he'll stay with the Badgers over the long haul ... though it can be perceived to validate his coaching resume, highly recruited top athletes are also vulnerable to the "other side of the coin", so to speak ...

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