As with any rankings system, it is a difficult, arduous process riddled with subjective evaluations. At The Prototyp, we strive for consistency and make use of an algorithm in taking many factors into account during said process. These algorithms are (and will be) used for all positional rankings throughout in order to maintain the consistency for which we aim.
Below, we break down the criteria for which the algorithms use in order to spit out a number. Remember, The Prototyp Rankings are just another way of analyzing data and should not be considered the Holy Grail of prospect rankings, however, we'd like it VERY much if you did!
So how are the rankings determined exactly? Each athlete is broken down into 5 sections based on a) Metrics, b) Film Analysis, c) Relative Scholarship Offers, d) Total Scholarship Offers, and e) Bonus (Volt Badge).
Simply defined as an athlete's height and weight, most positions have prototypical measurements for which makeup potential success. Taking quarterbacks for example, The Prototyp allows for a maximum score with a prospect standing between 72-77 inches and between 180-230 pounds. Falling outside of this 'sweet spot' sees a slight decline in score, affecting the overall grade. These 'sweet spots' vary from position to position.
b) Film Analysis
This is simply a subjective evaluation of an athlete's highlight reel and is scored on an A+ to C scale which corresponds to a numerical value that, in turn, is used in the final computation. The film analysis (as of June 26th, 2020) now holds more weight in identifying the nation's top players.
c) Relative Scholarship Offers (RSO)
All offers are not created equal. Though it is quite the accomplishment to receive one, The Prototyp only accounts for Division I FBS offers at the moment. Furthermore, amongst the FBS programs, they are rated on their on-field success over the past five seasons and whether they reside in a Power 5/Group of 5 Conference. Therefore, a team attending the College Football Playoff multiple times over the course of the time period in question (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State) will be worth more than a team struggling on the field-of-play (UMass, Kent State). In addition, a Power 5 Conference program will generate more points than a Group of 5 Conference program, in most situations.
The reason for this section is to give credit where credit is due. The college scouts/coaches recruit as part of their career and we hold their expertise in high regard. With recruiting being the lifeblood of college football, it's safe to say a program's success comes from their abilities to recruit the best players. However, this does not mean that every player a top program recruits is a 5-diamond, elite prospect.
d) Total Scholarship Offers (TSO)
Though the sum of scholarship offers a player holds has been removed as its own category, this amount still holds weight as it is inherently connected with Relative Scholarship Offers.
d) Bonus (Volt Badge)
Bonuses can be granted to players that have received less than five FBS Scholarship Offers and have a highly regarded film evaluation. These bonuses are denoted on the rankings in the form of a 'Volt Badge' (green upper arrows) and grant the player a slight bonus in their overall rank. The intent of this badge is to allow deserving players the opportunity to climb the ranks higher than ever before and not be held back due to the amount of offers they have received. This 'Volt Badge' will stay with a prospect throughout the entirety of their prep career or when The Prototyp determines a player does not require it anymore. This badge helps visitors identify athletes that are currently (or have at one point been) flying under the radar.
I appreciate those that have taken the time to review our 2022 Rankings. If you find any discrepancies with player input, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at The_Prototyp or submit a 'Change Request' on your player profile.
Updated June 20th, 2020 at 9:45 AM EST