Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Caveat Emptor

If 247Sports is to be believed, Dartmouth football has made a minimum 157 "offers" to rising high school seniors.

Here's the breakdown per 247Sports of Dartmouth offers by position:
7 Pro style quarterbacks
6 Dual-threat quarterbacks
1 All-purpose backs
15 Running backs
10 Wide receivers
13 Tight ends
13 Offensive tackles
14 Offensive guards
6 Centers
4 Weak-side defensive ends
8 Strong-side defensive ends
8 Defensive tackles
15 Inside linebackers
10 Outside linebackers
8 Cornerbacks
8 Safeties

How does that compare to the number of "offers" other schools have put out, again per 247Sports?
Yale 191
Columbia 171
Dartmouth 157
Cornell 130
Princeton 110
Harvard 98
Penn 87
Brown  47

And how do those numbers compare with teams Dartmouth has played and is playing outside of the Ivy League?
Holy Cross 65
Colgate  47
Sacred Heart 33
Jacksonville 18
Marist 5

A few things to keep in mind about the recruiting services:

• At the FCS level they are largely dependent on self-reporting by the recruits.
• A high school player or his family is a lot more likely to want to share news of an offer to, say, Yale, than to, say, Marist. Just sayin' ;-)
• The schools are not allowed to confirm "offers."
• The services are notoriously slow to catch up on commitments. Dartmouth has three commits that have been noted on this page and 247Sports lists the Big Green as having none. Penn is listed with three commits and reports are that no fewer than 11 have Tweeted their intentions on playing for the Quakers. 

Dartmouth commits to date per Twitter:
• Jack Dyett, 6-5, 210, DE/TE, Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.
• Marcus Romboli, 6-3, 270, DE, Deerfield Academy/Everett, Mass.
• Paxton Scott, 6-1, 183 WR St. Mark’s/Dallas

And finally, consider this:
Those three Dartmouth commits? Not only are they not included as Dartmouth commits, they aren't even listed as having received offers.

Bottom line: Let the buyer beware.
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