The 2018 247Sports Team Talent Composite

It’s out.  “It” being this.

It’s a tool that looks at who is currently on each roster in college football, accounting for graduations, dismissals, early NFL departures and other attrition as well as incoming transfers and gives us a real time picture of a roster’s talent level based on each player’s ranking as a high school prospect.

A roster management ranking, in other words.

As you can imagine, Georgia shows out pretty well.

Georgia sits at No. 3 and has more five-stars on its current roster than any program, including Alabama and Ohio State. It’s a roster that already had strong a strong foundation in place when Kirby Smart took over and subsequently added the No. 6, No. 3 and No. 1 classes in the country respectively. It’s why when you look around the college football landscape, Georgia is one of the few teams that looks equipped to take on Alabama from a talent perspective.

Note that Georgia has the number seven, twelve and fourteen teams on that list coming up in the next few weeks.  (Note also that the Dawgs have already dispatched numbers fifteen and twenty-one.)

On a non-Dawg related note, how does Clay Helton still have a head coaching job?  Jeez, what a sad waste of talent.

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25 responses to “The 2018 247Sports Team Talent Composite

  1. The other Doug

    Clemson only has 76 players.
    Tennessee is 15th right next Auburn.

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  2. Gurkha Dawg

    Thanks for posting this. I have wondered about an “adjusted” recruiting ranking and didn’t know it existed. Really interesting. I agree about Helton, if Kirby or Saban moved to USC, they would be in the playoffs next year and win a NC in 2 or 3 years.

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    • Macallanlover

      Helton and Fight On may be the only thing standing between an undefeated ND and guaranteed playoff spot after this weekend. Va Tech can perhaps challenge ND in a home night game tomorrow but I have little confidence in USC slowing down the Irish train at that point in the season.

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  3. Paul

    Florida’s ranking surprised me. They’ve been a mess for a few years.

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  4. Helton has averaged 10 wins a year and a conference championship since pulling off the interim tag . Who else could they get? Risky- they could become Tennessee.

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  5. DoubleDawg1318

    After watching Georgia’s 2016 season, where I am sure they graded pretty well on this chart, I think it’s fair to say a few critical weaknesses are all it takes to bring down a talented roster. Otherwise I have no idea how USC and FSU are so bad.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Coaching quality and stability matters. Georgia in 2016 was in Year 1 of an overhaul that paid off in Year 2.

      FSU was mismanaged by Jimbo last year. I got the impression the team quit on him, though it may be as much about having a bad defensive coordinator. They’ve also obviously done a terrible job of identifying and/or coaching up offensive linemen. We’ll see if this year is just Year 1 growing pains or a sign that Taggart isn’t all that good.

      As for USC, I have never understood why they hired Helton, so it’s not shocking that they’re underachieving.

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      • Taggart is in over his head.

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        • ChiliDawg

          I thought it was a terrible hire. Taggart was completely unproven, only having coached a single year at Oregon. And the Ducks probably lucked out when he skipped town. I think part of it was really flawed thinking on the part of FSU, thinking they needed to hire someone who would be “more loyal” to the school than Jimbo Fisher. Well, they got that, but it’s questionable whether they got a good coach or not.

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          • stoopnagle

            His years at WKU and USF don’t count? I mean, he clearly did something at those two places. It took time, but WKU was on a long winless streak and he got them to 10 win seasons; USF steadily declined under Skip Holtz and he got them to 10 wins, too. Other than the S/C mess at Oregon and the high-profile dysfunction in year 1 at FSU, he’s got a record of improving programs.

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            • Taggart has one season of > 9 wins, and that is at USF. WKU was 0-12 the year before he came, but that was also their third year as an FBS team, and first in a conference. Willie got them to 7 wins in 2012 and they have been in that general win total ever since. They were a fairly decent FCS winner before they stepped up to FBS. I think part of the turnaround can be attributed to Willie, but part also can be attributed to growing pains with the step up.

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            • Russ

              Yeah, I was impressed with how he rebuilt USF. I didn’t follow him at WKU. I thought he’d do better at FSU, and maybe he will. But they are a hot mess right now.

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            • ChiliDawg

              If FSU had hired Taggart straight out of USF, it might have looked better. But hiring him a year after he took his first big job, just didn’t seem like a good sign to me. It’s not like they went out and plucked him away from Colorado State. I would have serious questions about someone who was eager to make a move like that.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            I think they also wanted him for his recruiting prowess, but yeah, I was skeptical of the hire, and this year has only reinforced that.

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  6. DoubleDawg1318

    So after 10 years of struggle and mediocrity, UF and UT are 12 and 15, on par with Auburn? Meanwhile, Kentucky is probably second best in the East and they have the 32nd best roster. I guess that coaching thing really makes a difference.

    If you’re a South Carolina fan, you can’t feel too good about yourself when UT at their worst still has a better roster than you do. Where are those cannons again?

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    • Kentucky has done a good job of building up to this season, kind of like what Mullen did at MSU. ‘Cats are experienced and have just enough good players in certain spots to be dangerous. They aren’t particularly deep, though, and still have holes that can be exploited.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        Yea. Michigan State also has that model. When they are good they have built a team of 4th and 5th year 3 stars with a few key blue chip players thrown in. It takes a couple of years to do that and with a couple of injures things can fall apart. When they play a team like Bama or UGA things don’t go well.

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  7. Clayton Davis

    Recruiting aggregates are a decent indicator, but all the blue chips stacked at skill positions will be for naught if a team fails to recruit good linemen, and especially if they fail to recruit any linemen at all.

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  8. Macallanlover

    Won’t say we have arrived yet, not with just one blow you back season but man, we are definitely arriving. And the recruiting level for these recent classes indicates we aren’t building our house on a weak foundation. The next few years will be special for Dawg fans. Even with the announcements the past 3 days days, UGA will finish very strong again. Things are not going away as some debbie downers may think. Good news coming soon, and morze after that. Amazing how UGA plays in living rooms these days. Pay those assistants, we just need staff stability to insure we are the force everyone has wanted to become. Top 5 team guaranteed for the next 2 years, maybe three. Book it!

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  9. Comin' Down The Track

    The Nerds coming in at 50 and 5 spots below Vanderbilt made this a perfect Friday.

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