We're going to have to take unranked 3 star guys and develop them if we want to have success.
With Bibbs also being a grayshirt, he went to Iowa part-time for a semester, but was never officially a member of the football team or on scholarship. As a grayshirt, he would have received a scholarship and joined the team during the spring semester, but for whatever reason he ended up transferring to a junior college before that happened.
In other words, simply getting the #1 ranked kicker could artificially inflate a team's ranking.Quote:
Here is the team ranking formula for those interested... (please keep in mind a statistician from UC-Berkeley developed this for us).
Please note you only take the top 20 prospects in this formula, ordered by # Stars descending.
POINTS = ((N / (N + 50)) * H) + ((50 / (N + 50)) * L)
H = 250 for each 5-star commit + 140 for each 4-star + 75 for each 3-star + 20 for each 2-star + 10 for each 1-star
L = 18 for each 5-star + 12 for each 4-star + 8 for each 3-star + 3 for each 2-star + 1 for each 1-star
N = a big honkin' calculation, described below
CALCULATION OF N:
10 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (high school) ranked 1-10
9 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (high school) ranked 11-20
etc. down to...
1 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (high school) ranked 91-100
10 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (non-high school) ranked 1-10
9 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (non-high school) ranked 11-20
etc. down to...
6 for each commit on the Rivals 100 (non-high school) ranked 41-50
24 for each commit ranked #1 on his official position ranking
18 for each commit ranked #2-5 on his official position ranking
8 for each commit ranked 6-X on his official position ranking, where X is dependent on detail position, as listed below...
--Dual-threat QB: 25
--Pro-style QB: 25
--Running Back: 35
--All-Purpose Back: 15
--Wide Receiver: 50
--Tight End: 20
--Offensive Tackle: 40
--Offensive Guard: 30
--Offensive Center: 10
--Defensive Tackle: 50
--Weakside Defensive End: 20
--Strongside Defensive End: 30
--Inside Linebacker: 35
--Outside Linebacker: 35
--Kicker: (no points awarded for rank lower than 5th)
If the team's average stars are greater than 3, add (100 * (Avg stars -
> 3)) to N. For example, if your class is an average of 3.03 stars, we add 3 to your N.
Iowa State is still moving up the recruiting rankings. Rhoads' classes to this point have had more 3* players than Chizik's classes and most of Mac's. Just as importantly, we're doing a better job signing guys that actually make it to school AND keeping them in the program. We actually have a full 85 players on scholarship this year without having to hand out ten scholarships to walk-ons. That means we have more depth, which leads to more wins per year and being able to win more consistently (no more 2003, 2006, etc.).
Winning more consistently and getting some major upsets like we've done creates a winning culture. A winning culture attracts higher caliber recruits, more fans, and therefore more money and a bigger budget. As much as people hate to admit it, Iowa is a pretty good model for this, as is Virginia Tech and several other schools. The next big step is putting more guys in the NFL. Most of Rhoads' recruits are underclassmen, so hopefully we see more of that before too long.