Once the LOI all come in can someone put this class in perspective for someone like me who does not understand how you rate a good class v an average class v not such a good class ON PAPER. I FEEL we have a really good class coming in but don't know how to judge that.
On the recruiting sites and "on paper" this class won't look great. That is simply because it is a small class and we will finally be close to top heavy with the junior class. If you look at the average ranking of our recruits though we are in the top half of the B10. Still have to see what Shammond does. Could go from good to great with just one commitment.
I think it’s a balancing act as a coach. When Lovie got here, we needed everything, but we needed players that could build a program. I think the roster has that. This ear we needed play makers to step our game up. As it looks now, we will have a team that can compete in the big next year. Personally, I’m excited for the next few years
Said before the year that this class should be valued based on their 247 AVG rating instead of class ranking. This is because 247's class ranking calculations are heavily weighted by quantity of the class. Therefore, Illinois had to make progress by bringing in better recruits.
As of now, Illinois's AVG rating has them 7th (tied with Purdue). Now, add Cooper, Randolph, and get recruiting ranking bumps from Coleman (certainty) and Cumby (maybe?) and they'll be at similar levels as Wisconsin and Michigan State.