We’ve already done a deep dive into our recruiting archives, looking at how the top 20 recruits from the high school class of 2017 did after four NCAA seasons. Now it’s time to look back at a more recent recruit ranking: the current year’s freshmen, the first class we officially scouted from their sophomore years through their senior seasons of high school:
- Way-Too-Early Sophomore Ranks, Class of 2020 Boys
- Junior Ranks, Class of 2020 Boys
- Senior Re-Ranks, Class of 2020 Boys
Naturally, this analysis has a far smaller sample size than our reports from the past two days, so it’s much more difficult to read too much into these numbers. Still, it’s useful to look at which first-year NCAA swimmers had the best performances relative to their recruiting ranks.
As always, our notes on this data:
- The data included is only individual scoring at NCAAs. That’s not an exact measure of an athlete’s contribution to a program: many of these swimmers (and others not listed) were relay scorers at NCAAs, scored significant points at conference meets and provided great leadership and culture-building for their programs. This data isn’t a perfect analysis of the best recruits – it’s merely a quick look at the data we can compile.
- A college swimming career includes four years of eligibility, and sometimes more. Revisiting scoring after one year is an incomplete analysis of a swimmer’s career – this is not the final word on any of these prospects, and we will revisit this data over the next three seasons to get a more complete evaluation.
The ranks listed below are from our re-rank last summer – they are not current ranks of NCAA athletes. We also do not rank international athletes as recruits, as it’s hard to predict if and when they’ll come to the U.S., and which class with which to include them.
TOP 20 RANKED RECRUITS
|Rank||Name||College Team||Total NCAA Points||2021 NCAA Points|
|11||Luke Miller||NC State||2||2|
|12||Ethan Heasley||Texas||0||roster scratch|
|15||Rick Mihm||Stanford||0||no invite|
|17||Forrest Frazier||Cal||0||no invite|
|18||Ethan Dang||Stanford||0||no invite|
|HM||Sean Faikish||Notre Dame||0||no invite|
|HM||Tyler Christianson||Notre Dame||0||0|
|HM||Owen Conley||Ohio State||0||no invite|
- This was an early-impact class – something we’d been excited about since we started evaluating this crew as sophomores. Every swimmer in our top 20 earned an NCAA invite as a freshman. That’s very difficult to do on the men’s side, where older and stronger swimmers typically take up an especially large share of NCAA invites and scoring.
- We had two redshirts in the mix, and just five of the 26 in our final ranks missed NCAA invites as rookies.
- The bulk of the scoring was concentrated in the top 7. It was actually #5 overall recruit Destin Lasco who led the class in scoring. Lasco finished in the top three in all three (200 IM, 100 back, 200 back) of his individual events.
- #1 recruit Carson Foster wasn’t far behind with 45 points. We noted how good this class was in the IMs, and that was no joke: Foster, Lasco and David Johnston all scored in the IMs as freshmen.
- Johnston was a great pickup as the #16 recruit – distance swimmers are especially volatile in our ranks, because a great mile can score big, but can also be wiped to zero points with one bad swim. Johnston was outstanding, scoring the 7th-most of any athlete in the class (international recruits and divers included).
- Alabama’s Matt King scored well and could have scored way more if not for a DQ in the 50 free.
- One swimmer in this class has already won an NCAA title individually: it’s #3 Jake Magahey, who won the 500 free.
- From our 2020 re-rank: “Finding an NCAA scoring-level 500 freestyler out of high school is extremely rare – we tend to see much more development in that event at the college level. Magahey’s 4:12 stands up extremely well compared to senior-year times from the top recruits we’ve ever ranked: Townley Haas (4:14.1), Grant Shoults (4:12.8), Sean Grieshop (4:15.5), and Drew Kibler (4:14.4).”
- That turned out to be a better predictor than even we thought at the time, with Magahey beating Kibler, Grieshop, and Shoults head-to-head while going under Haas’s old American record.
- Both Michigan prospects were our highest-ranked recruits to miss scoring individually. Some of that may have come down to how much their program focused on Big Tens vs NCAAs. Davis would have scored in the 200 back had he held up his season-best. Mitchell would have scored in the 500 and 1650 frees. Both were still key contributors on scoring relays.
- Some athletes will have to wait a year for a clearer picture. Ethan Heasley was seeded to score in two events, but was scratched to get Texas under the NCAA roster limit. USC’s Ben Dillard took a redshirt season. Harvard’s Arik Katz didn’t compete as the entire Ivy League canceled sports in the pandemic.
And of course, we’ll include everyone’s favorite part: which unranked recruits earned NCAA invites and projected to score points this season – both domestic up-and-comers and international pickups.
|Rank||Name||College Team||2021 NCAA Points|
|Charlie Clark||Ohio State||11|
- A very short list here so far. The time progressions are the fun part with these recruits, so here goes:
|Name||College Team||2021 NCAA Points|
|Youssef Ramadan||Virginia Tech||18|
|Carles Coll Marti||Virginia Tech||13|
|Batur Unlu||Georgia Tech||9|
- Bjorn Seeliger was a big get for California – he actually leads the class with 2 relay national titles after one year. (Lasco and Foster each have one apiece). Seeliger is the #4 overall scorer in the class.
- Youssef Ramadan likely would have been a much bigger scorer had he not been DQ’d out of his best event, the 100 fly. Virginia Tech did extremely well internationally with Ramadan and Carles Coll Marti.
|Name||College Team||Total NCAA Points|
- Noah Duperre looked like the most impactful freshman in the nation for one day, placing second in a Texas 1-2 on 1-meter. But high school divers are usually more accustomed to 1-meter than the 3-meter or platform events, and Duperre’s scoring dropped off a little. Still, he scored the 7th-most points of any freshman in this class.
Archives: Revisiting Recruit Ranks
|Analysis as of:||Spring 2021||Spring 2020||Spring 2019||Spring 2018||Spring 2017|
|Class of 2020||After Freshman Year|
|Class of 2019||After Sophomore Year||After Freshman Year|
|Class of 2018||After Junior Year||After Sophomore Year||After Freshman Year|
|Class of 2017||After Senior Year||After Junior Year||After Sophomore Year||After Freshman Year|
|Class of 2016||After Senior Year||After Junior Year|
|Class of 2015||After Senior Year|
|Class of 2014||After Senior Year|
|Class of 2013||After Senior Year|