Building A Backer Part II: Blue Chip Busts

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

In Part I, we learned that 0/12 of the best linebackers in the Big 12 last year were blue chip high school recruits. 

That’s the output part of the equation.

The league fed in a bunch of athletes across the Big 12 and I observed the common characteristics of successful products.

The obvious caution to that data is that the Big 12 doesn’t have a lot of four or five star linebackers to begin with. So let’s examine how the highest ranked linebackers in the state of Texas from 2013-2017, irrespective of college or conference choice, fared in their development.

That’s the blue chip input part of the equation.

I’m pulling five years of blue chip data, encompassing 19 highly ranked state of Texas high school linebackers, all ranked in the Texas Top 43 between 2013-2018. Fourteen of them were deep blues — ranked in the Top 20 in-state within their respective year.

The results are instructive.

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