This site presents a unique approach to rating and ranking high school athletes. Major recruiting services rank these athletes based upon the opinions of their experts. In contrast, the offer-based approach represents the perceptions of college coaches by quantifying the scholarship offers they’ve extended to each athlete.

The offer-based approach has the following advantages over opinion-based rankings:

  • More objective, with less opportunity for bias
  • Greater number of reviewers
  • Greater number of athletes are evaluated
  • College coaches are more qualified to evaluate potential for college success
  • College coaches have “skin in the game”
  • Rankings can be made earlier in the recruiting process

Offer-based recruit rankings measure something slightly different than the traditional player rankings produced by recruiting services. The services’ analysts evaluate players almost solely upon how well they play their particular sport and position. College coaches must take much more into consideration. Academic ability and character, for example, are traits a college coach must consider before extending an offer to a prospect. Instead of being just a ranking of a prospect’s athletic ability, offer-based rankings are also a measure of how likely a prospect is to be successful as a college student-athlete.

For more discussion of the offer-based approach, please visit the RankByOffers FAQ page here: http://www.rankbyoffers.com/faq

The proprietary methodology (How it works):

1) The offers that Division 1 FBS colleges have extended to athletes are gathered from recruiting services.  The rankings on this site are based upon combined data retrieved from the Rivals and ESPN services. This results in what may be the most comprehensive collection of offers in existence.

2) Each offer is assigned a value based upon the relative success of the program that extended the offer. A description of the weighting methodology, along with the values for each program, can be found here: http://www.rankbyoffers.com/teamweightings/

3) All of the points for a player’s offers are added together to calculate that player’s total offer points.

4) The players are then ranked based upon their total offer points.

5) To determine rankings for college recruiting classes, all of the total offer points for each of their commits are added together. The total offer points for all of the Division 1 FBS recruiting classes are then compared to arrive at the recruiting class rankings.


There are some variables that should be taken into consideration when reviewing a player’s ranking.  Players who commit to a college early, for instance, may be penalized in these rankings because other colleges are less likely to extend an offer to a prospect who is already committed.

A note to Recruits:

If the information presented on this site for your Division 1 FBS offers appears to be incorrect, please review your offer data on the Rivals and ESPN recruiting websites and send any corrections to your Rivals and ESPN contacts. Your corrections will eventually flow through to this site.

Thank you for visiting RankByOffers,

Paul Nelson

Twitter: @RankByOffers


2 thoughts on “Home

  1. David Marshall

    I want to make you aware of an error on the 2016 tight end page.

    You have “Jay Rose” and “Jasen Rose” listed as two different people while it is the same person. I’m sure ESPN and Rivals are calling them the two different names, but I wanted to bring it to your attention.

    1. Paul Nelson Post author

      You are absolutely correct. The names in Rivals and ESPN are often different, the connection was missed this time. The two records will be merged the next time the 2016 class is published. Thank you for catching this error.


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