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WRC: Conference Trends

On this episode of the Weighted Recruiting Composite, we are going to compare the Power 5 conferences in talent acquisition. If you have not read the other parts in this series, you should begin there by clicking here.

Obviously, recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. Quality of coaching, culture, and program infrastructure are big factors as well, but at the highest level, recruiting is the top indicator of potential success. Therefore, we are able to chart the increase or decrease in level of talent and assess the potential of a program to improve or decline.

The first thing we’re going to look at is the Average WRC Score for the teams in all of the P5 conferences over the past 14 years. The lower the score the better on the chart below. Green indicates upward movement. Red indicates downward movement. This helps identify trends over a longer period of time.

Here’s what this chart tells us:

  • The SEC is still the top dog by a huge margin. However…
  • It appears that the SEC reached peak talent level in 2016 and is on the decline with 3 straight years of declining talent.
  • The SEC still has a gigantic net increase of 9.6 since the SEC Takeover of 2006.
  • The Big 10 is the big winner this year as the only P5 conference to increase its overall talent level from 2018.
  • 2019 is the first time in 14 years that the SEC has dropped in talent level three years in a row.
  • The Pac 12 is 2nd here, but they have been trending down since 2013.
  • The Big 10 is the most improved conference since 2013 with a huge increase of 9.1 in the past 6 years.
  • The ACC is still down 8.7 from where they were in 2006. The SEC Takeover of 2006 hurt the ACC more than any other conference.
  • The Big 12 was 3rd in 2013, but 5 years later, is 5th and still trending down.
  • If you look at the bottom row above, you can see that the P5 teams had been gradually getting a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. Although, this year, P5 teams dropped down just a hair at 0.1.

Next: Power 5 Conferences breakdown in talent level

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