Re: Tennisrecruiting.net Top Women's Classes - 2011 Spring Rankings
Weird...and good question.
The only thing I can think of is that maybe in the main ranking Americans are given higher value. It is nice to see them being more "fair" in giving internationals consideration. In the past the rankings were based purely on American girls, so you had all of the ivies constantly in the top 25 recruiting classes and never even near the top 25 of the ITA rankings. I can't say I blame TR. It is bad business after for an American recruiting page used almost exclusively by American coaches and American players to be ranking international classes higher than American ones.
The lack of precision in recruiting rankings happens in other sports too. I read that the highest number of National Football League first round draft picks were three stars. Part of that of course is because there are many more three stars than there are five stars but it seems that the five stars don't pan out as much as one would think. Tracking the blue chips, etc. on the other thread will be interesting. All that a recruiting guru can tell you is a player's current level and as far as that goes I think that they are fairly accurate, using computers, head-to-head, and such. Of course this says nothing about work ethic, ceiling, health, etc. So yes, all the rankings are is a panel's opinion, but they are interesting.