#AskCoachB: Explaining class rankings


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Great question! When it comes to ranking recruiting classes, it's a simple numerical formula based on the more highly ranked players a school lands, the higher the class ranks.

The formula we use awards points to each player ranked in the ESPN 100. Schools that land multiple ranked prospects receive bonus points. In the event two schools end up with the same number of points, the class with the higher ranked player gets the nod. Players not ranked in the ESPN 100 are also awarded points based on their evaluation grades.

The Tar Heels have three players in the top 15 who are outstanding and the Buckeyes have a total of four players, three in the top 25 and with David Bell as the fourth, it gives Ohio State a slight edge.