Winning breeds winning, meaning the top programs in any sport are usually going to get the best talent.
It's not surprising to see names like Oklahoma, Florida, and Florida State simply because they've won the Women's College World Series recently, but there are some surprises... especially in the Top 15 with some programs you might not expect.
It's always a challenge to rank recruiting classes, the reasons why we'll cover at another time, but when compiling college recruiting rankings here are some aspects important to know:
- Regarding the points, we use a mathematical formula weighing where the players are ranked in the Extra Elite 100 and Top 200 to give an overall point total
- We have found over time (looking back over a decade-plus) the top 200 tend to be the most accurate in predicting future success and who will be the most impactful.
- Some players who have committed might not be on the initial college releases for a variety of reasons including:
- they will sign later (they have until August 1, 2019); some will wait a few days, weeks or months... some will even wait to sign until the Spring
- some haven't been accepted into the school yet but are on track... it may be for academic or financial reasons, but they will still end up signing
- A recruiting class measures the quantity AND quality of top prospects, but just because your favorite school didn't get 15 Extra Elite 100 players doesn't mean it did poorly. Some that went small this year may have pulled in big classes a year or two ago and didn't need the help in the this clas. Or they may be in line for a monster 2020 signing class
- You have to look at recruiting not just as one year isolated, but how it fits the NEEDS of a program. If you have Monica Abbott, Lisa Fernandez and Cat Ostermann already in your rotation, does it really help that you signed 5 top 100 pitchers? You may get a high Point score and a high ranking, but you may not have helped the areas you need it most.
All that being said, here then are our "official" teams who did well...