Between now and Monday, Feb. 10 — when we'll reveal our overall FCS team (Top 50) and individual recruiting rankings (Top 300) — we're going to begin to release some of our thoughts about each class here, conference by conference and position by position. Today we release our feelings about the Patriot League ranks — and where things stand for those schools.
Also … remember, this is a ranking of HIGH SCHOOL commitments … this is only one way our FCS rankings differentiate us from 247Sports and Rivals etc. Also … we don't pay any attention to the star rating, this ranking is based solely on how each athlete is coveted, who wanted him … and how many wanted him. That's it. Film evaluation is something I will leave up to the coaches, as they have their jobs on the line with that. I figure if their jobs are on the line, they're probably doing a pretty good job of figuring out who they want to offer a spot on their teams. And they are certainly better than I am at making that determination.
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Quick rankings explanation:
- Only high school recruits are taken into account. Transfers are separate and will be evaluated much later this spring.
- The system is based on school offers, NOT 247Sports or Rivals. Every level of D-1 (P5, G5, FCS) has a particular tiered point total.
- When it comes to team rankings, it's the value of all of its Dec. signees and current commitments' point totals combined. Every kid counts.
- I respect PWOs — preferred walk-ons. They get credit too. The FCS is the perfect level for walk-ons. They matter to these schools.
- The final national rankings for Top 50 teams and Top 300 individuals will publish Monday, Feb. 10[divider]
TOP PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAMS
(This top list is based on teams that have already secured at least five recruits – full conference breakdown comes later)
[divider]TOP PATRIOT LEAGUE RECRUITS
|RK||FCS TEAM||POS||FCS RECRUIT||HOMETOWN||OTHER D-1 OPTIONS|
|1||LEHIGH||DB||Donovan Thomas||Jacksonville, FL||6 Power Five Offers, 8 G5s|
|2||HOLY CROSS||WR||Byron Shipman||Plainfield, NJ||Rutgers, 11 G5 offers, 6 FCS offers|
|3||LEHIGH||OL||George Padezanin||McKees Rocks, PA||2 FBS, 22 FCS offers|
|4||COLGATE||RB||Jaedon Henry||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Pitt, Kansas, BC, Mizzou, et al|
|5||HOLY CROSS||DB||Terrence Spence||Ringwood, NJ||5 FBS offers, 12 FCS offers|
|6||GEORGETOWN||OL||Brian Balestra||New Orleans, LA||Air Force decommit, 3 FBS, 15 FCS offers|
|7||GEORGETOWN||WR||Noah Jones||Chicago, IL||4 FBS offers, 11 FCS offers|
|8||GEORGETOWN||TE||Stephen Brooks||Brookline, MA||3 FBS, 13 FCS|
|9||COLGATE||DE||Ja-lon Perkins||Allentown, PA||Air Force, Army, 14 FCS offers|
|10||GEORGETOWN||DL||Maximus Villar||Miami, FL||Army, Navy, 12 FCS offers|
|11||FORDHAM||DB||Kyle Jacob||Paramus, NJ||Air Force, 12 FCS offers|
|12||BUCKNELL||QB||Tyler Beverett||Scottsdale, AZ||Indiana, New Mex, 6 FCS|
|13||COLGATE||DB||Owen Goss||Hinsdale, IL||Air Force, NIU, 10 FCS offers|
|14||FORDHAM||OL||Cody Johnson||The Woodlands, TX||North Tex., New Mex., 7 FCS|
|15||LEHIGH||DB||LaTreil Wimberly||Upper Marlboro, MD||Navy decommit – 10 FCS offers|
|16||HOLY CROSS||WR||Quinton Gregory||Virginia Beach, VA||4 FBS, 3 FCS|
|17||FORDHAM||RB||Taj Barnes||Sugar Hill, GA||2 FBS offers, 7 FCS|
|18||GEORGETOWN||OL||Luke Popma||West Linn, OR||Air Force, Idaho, 5 FCS|
|19||GEORGETOWN||OL||Max Norton||Washington, DC||2 FBS, 7 FCS|
|20||FORDHAM||WR||Cole Thornton||Sugar Hill, GA||11 FCS offers|
|21||GEORGETOWN||DL||Noah Gick||Leesburg, VA||11 FCS offers|
|22||GEORGETOWN||DE||Kwame Achampong||Chicago, IL||New Mex St., Cent. Mich, 5 FCS offers|
|23||BUCKNELL||OL||Harrison Shepherd||Cincinnati, OH||Western Michigan, 7 FCS offers|
|24||GEORGETOWN||LB||De’Andre Wilborn||Chicago, IL||Army, 7 FCS offers|
|25t||LAFAYETTE||TE||Mason Gilbert||DeWitt, MI||9 FCS offers|
|25t||LEHIGH||OL||Justin Watson||St. Louis, MO||Kent St., 7 FCS offers|
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