The numbers show a clear bias
While Owens and Hookfin were the most egregious examples of bias, they aren’t the only players who got increases in their rankings. In 247 Sports’ final update of the composite scores, Texas A&M commits had a net gain of 10 spots while Texas commits had a net gain of 924 spots.
Furthermore, Texas A&M commits moved up roughly 35 spots since their initial ranking while Texas commits moved up by almost 200 spots since their initial ranking. Of their 23 commits, 21 received an increase in their ranking since committing to Texas.
From early signing day through the final recruiting rankings update, the score of their already-committed players went up by twice as much as the next best team. This means that without gaining a single commit, Texas’ class score went up by 8.47 points. This vaulted Texas’ class from ninth to fifth, all without them gaining a single commit (and they moved up to No. 3 when 247 Sports decided to count transfer Bru McCoy towards their class).
Penn State, who got the second biggest rankings increase from ESD to the present time, only moved up by 4.45 points. For reference, Texas A&M’s class only went up by .01 points in that timeframe.
Texas gets these same recruiting bumps every single year, and there is just too much evidence to see this as anything other than bias on the part of recruiting services. What is the reason for these bumps? The University of Texas is widely considered to be a blue-blood, meaning that many people want them to succeed and assume that a player is good simply because Texas wants them.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that a lot of people with connections to The University of Texas work in the recruiting industry. Bobby Burton, the director of 247 Sports, worked for The University of Texas. Geoff Ketchum and Anwar Richardson (who are both heavily-biased Longhorns) have a good amount of pull over at Rivals.
Texas can celebrate their class all they want. They did, after all, sign a decent class with quite a few talented guys. They will get undeserved credit for signing the “best” recruiting class of any team in Texas and that will almost certainly give them momentum that will help their recruiting efforts for next year. Every single year, Texas University benefits from bias at the hands of recruiting services.
If you’re being honest with yourself though, at least for this year, you have to admit that Texas A&M signed the best recruiting class in Texas.