The Open Mat’s Class of 2020 recruiting class rankings have been released. We have looked at the recruiting classes for every school in the country to evaluate who did the best job of signing talent and addressing needs. Assessing recruiting classes is not an exact science and can differ based on what you value, large 15-man classes, or two to three highly ranked signees.
A team’s current roster, as well as the impact that the recruit or recruiting class will have on the program, is also considered. For instance, the potential impact a recruit would have on Davidson or VMI’s team, would be much more significant than that same recruit would have at Iowa or Penn State.
This year, in addition to background information on signees, we have also added a section for each team labeled “Filling Needs.” There we explain how this crop of incoming freshmen will fit in with each school’s existing roster. In some cases, teams have shifted up or down in the rankings based on how we project future lineups. For example, if a team signs three high-quality freshmen that project as 285 lbers, and they already have an NCAA qualifier returning at the weight who is a junior or younger, that would negatively affect their ranking. Even with highly ranked recruits, there’s only so much mat-time to go around.
The 2020 recruiting rankings have been too big to be isolated to just one article. Today we will release the teams ranked 1-10, while yesterday, the teams 11-25 were announced. Below are teams ranked 1-10 and their recruits. TOM has reached out to each school to try and get the most accurate and recent list of recruits. If there is a recruit that is not listed, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org