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How Have the Number One Overall Recruits Fared in College?

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photo courtesy of Richard Immel

It is late August, and most college freshmen have made their way to their respective schools. No freshman has bigger expectations than the top recruit in the Class of 2018, Minnesota’s Gable Steveson. In September, Gable will attempt to win his second Junior World Championship, a feat that he has achieved twice at the Cadet level. His high school statistics seem just as unthinkable, winning four Minnesota state titles at the 285 lb weight and finishing his career on a 171 match winning streak. His three defeats as a prep came as an eighth-grader against high schoolers. Media member and fans alike were questioning whether he was the best recruit of all-time. This begs the question, “Does the number one recruit label correlate to college success?” TOM has looked at the careers of wrestlers who were ranked number one overall in their recruiting classes dating back to 2004 to help answer that question. The Class of 2018 ranking is from TOM and previous years from my old D1CW site.

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