It's been a busy couple weeks since the last recruiting update, and that business was capped by a four commit day on Halloween (and if you count Hanner Perea, who committed last Halloween, then that makes five). Good news for the Pac 12 is that three of the four commits went their way. Uber recruit Kaleb Tarczewski pretty much locked up the #1 class for Arizona; Oregon landed point guard Dominic Artis (who had previously committed to UCLA); and Rosco Allen went to Stanford. All in all, a good day. And one that got them back in the game. The top-100 recruits by conference:
The ACC and Big East continue to lead, though the Pac 12 and SEC have now caught the Big 12. Conference USA picked up another marginal top-100 player in Blaise Mbargorba (to SMU) and is clearly carrying the mid-major torch. When we correct for the varying number of teams in each conference, that same graph looks like this:
Clearly, the ACC is still winning the elite recruiting battles, but with the recent Pac 12 gains at least all the high majors are respectable.
But how is the best talent distributed? As a reminder, we take five recruiting services and make a consensus from them. A player who is ranked 90th by ESPN but is not ranked at all by the other four services doesn not score as well as someone ranking around 90 by multiple services. And a player who is consensus top-10 recruit is more valuable than one ranked in the the top-5 by a couple services, but only top-50 by the rest. Using those scores as a conference metric, the graph looks like this:
The Big East continues to flex its muscle pulling in the elite of the elite, and with the high end recruits landed by the Pac 12 they have now passed the Big 10 and the Big 12. But again, these conferences have differing numbers of teams, and we must correct for that. Here you go:
This is the most important of the graphs, as it combines quantity and quality. And if you're the SEC you might want to pay attention. Is the SEC going to be a very good conference this season? Yes. How about the future?