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Rivals.com Football Team Recruiting Rankings Formula

What does the numerical Rivals Rating (RR) mean?

6.1 = Five-star prospect

6.0-5.8 = Four-star prospect

5.7-5.5 = Three-star prospect

5.2-5.4 = Two-star prospect

6.1 Franchise Player: considered one of the elite prospects in the country, generally among the nation's top 30-35 players overall, a potential first-team All American candidate and a player deemed to have first round NFL potential.

6.0-5.8 All American Candidate: considered one of the next-tier elite prospects in the country, generally among the nation’s top 300-325 prospects overall, a national All American candidate and a player deemed to have first to third round NFL potential

5.7-5.5 All Region Selection: considered among the region’s top prospects and generally among the nation’s top 800-850 prospects overall, a potential All-Conference candidate and a player deemed to have mid to low-end pro potential and ability to impact at the college level.

5.2-5.4 Low End FBS prospect: considered a mid-major prospect with limited pro potential and expected to contribute 1-2 years at a high level maximum or often as a role player.

What is the "team rankings" formula?

Rivals Rating points for a team's Top 20 rated commits + Rivals250 Bonus Points = Total Points

How are the Rivals Rating "points" calculated?

Rivals Rating = Points

6.1 = 150 points

6.0 = 135 points

5.9 = 120 points

5.8 = 105 points

5.7 = 90 points

5.6 = 75 points

5.5 = 60 points

5.4 = 45 points

5.3 = 30 points

5.2 = 15 points

*Prospects without an assigned rating will count for no points. All FBS committed prospects will have a rating once evaluated and rankings are updated.


How are Rivals250 Bonus Points calculated?

Rivals250 Bonus Points

No. 1 = 100 points

No. 6 = 76 points

No. 11 = 69 points

No. 16 = 64 points

No. 21 = 59 points

No. 2 = 83 points

No. 7 = 75 points

No. 12 = 68 points

No. 17 = 63 points

No. 22 = 58 points

No. 3. = 82 points

No. 8 = 74 points

No. 13 = 67 points

No. 18 = 62 points

No. 23 = 57 points

No. 4 = 81 points

No. 9 = 73 points

No. 14 = 66 points

No. 19 = 61 points

No. 24 = 56 points

No. 5 = 80 points

No. 10 = 72 points

No. 15 = 65 points

No. 20 = 60 points

No. 25 = 55 points

Nos. 26-30 = 53 points

Nos. 41-45 = 47 points

Nos. 56-60 = 41 points

Nos. 71-75 = 38 points

Nos. 86-90 = 35 points

Nos. 31-35 = 51 points

Nos. 46-50 = 45 points

Nos. 61-65 = 40 points

Nos. 76-80 = 37 points

Nos. 91-95 = 34 points

Nos. 36-40 = 49 points

Nos. 51-55 = 43 points

Nos. 66-70 = 39 points

Nos. 81-85 = 36 points

Nos. 96-100 = 33 points

Nos. 101-105 = 32 points

Nos. 131-135 = 26 points

Nos. 161-165 = 20 points

Nos. 191-195 = 14 points

Nos. 221-225 = 8 points

Nos. 106-110 = 31 points

Nos. 136-140 = 25 points

Nos. 166-170 = 19 points

Nos. 196-200 = 13 points

Nos. 226-230 = 7 points

Nos. 111-115 = 30 points

Nos. 141-145 = 24 points

Nos. 171-175 = 18 points

Nos. 201-205 = 12 points

Nos. 231-235 = 6 points

Nos. 116-120 = 29 points

Nos. 146-150 = 23 points

Nos. 176-180 = 17 points

Nos. 206-210 = 11 points

Nos. 236-240 = 5 points

Nos. 121-125 = 28 points

Nos. 151-155 = 22 points

Nos. 181-185 = 16 points

Nos. 211-215 = 10 points

Nos. 241-245 = 4 points

Nos. 126-130 = 27 points

Nos. 156-160 = 21 points

Nos. 186-190 = 15 points

Nos. 216-220 = 9 points

Nos. 246-250 = 3 points

Why did Rivals.com change the rankings formula?

We wanted a formula that was easy for everyone to use, most importantly our subscribers!

The past formula, though it worked as intended, was very complex, and didn't provide our subscribers a simple way of calculating their team's point totals, and class ranking, if a certain prospect committed to their school.

So starting with the class of 2013, we made some changes, using the point scales above.

Any tips on how to use the new formula?

To calculate the Rivals Rating points, go to your team's commitment list, sort the list by Rivals Rating, starting with the highest value. Then, sum up the points for the top 20 commitments using the scale above.

To calculate the Rivals250 bonus points, go to the Rivals250 page. You can also sort this list by "school" to calculate your team's Rivals250 bonus points, using the scale above.

What are the similarities between the new formula and the old formula?

One major similarity- only the top 20 commitments in each class are considered in the main variable of the formula. Both have bonuses for players ranked nationally, but the new formula accounts for the Rivals250. The old formula had bonuses for the Rivals100.

What is different about the new formula?

Unlike the old formula, the new formula uses a prospect's Rivals Rating (RR), not the prospect's star rating, as the key factor in the formula to compute the point totals.

The main part of the formula is now a point scale reflecting the average Rivals Rating of a team's top 20 signees.

The second part of the formula is a bonus point scale for prospects ranked in the Rivals250. This applies to all commitments in a team's class.

JUCO and Prep School national rankings do not have bonuses. Only those prospect's RR rating will be considered in the point calculation.

Note: The new formula will apply to the class of 2013 and beyond. Past team rankings will remain in place, according to the previous formula.

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