#AskLoogs: Super sophs are still tricky

November, 21, 2013
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A beast, huh? I hear that all the time, believe me.

This is a very good question and one in which the answer reflects just how difficult it is to be a college coach or evaluator of personnel in today’s college landscape.

The younger they are, the more errors there are to be made. However, we are all in the same boat. If you only have freshman film and sophomore film, then that is all you can go on, and everybody is playing with the same deck of cards. Often times you really only have sophomore tape to go on, because freshman film isn’t always applicable to all prospects. Evaluating and ranking underclassmen who are 15 years old is the very definition of an inexact science. It’s hard enough ranking 17-year-olds.

Typically the greatest change in prospects occurs between their sophomore and junior years, so what we are seeing from them as sophomores can look entirely different as juniors, which is why you will see some pretty dramatic differences between our ESPN Junior 300 and our first edition of the 2015 class ESPN 300 come April. The more there is to go on, the better chance we all have to project more accurately. We are just now releasing our second edition of the ESPN Junior 300, which will include junior season footage. This will be our last edition of the ESPN Junior 300 prior to our fully evaluated first edition of the ESPN 300 for 2015.

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