Each edition of The Oklahoman's Super 30 brings lots of questions, and understandably so. Let's try to answer a few of those proactively with the announcement of the preseason Super 30.
How is the Super 30 determined?
Recruiting has become a continual monitoring process. Players start getting offers after their sophomore season, and recruiting is a year-round process.
So our high school and recruiting writers are always watching for news from the recruiting world.
Using that information as a basis, we follow up by talking to coaches and scouts. We read camp and combine reports and track scholarship offers.
But no matter how much information we have, it's still a subjective process to rate the Super 30. Offers mean a lot in the ranking process, but that's not the only thing we base the list on. We all put our information together to produce the list that we feel best reflects the recruiting market in the state.
Do we miss some players? Sure. So do college coaches. We know we won't be perfect, but we try to gather enough information to be as accurate as we can.
And it's important to remember that the Super 30 and the pre- or postseason All-State teams are very different. The qualities that make a good recruit aren't always the same as what makes a player worthy of All-State consideration, and vice versa.
What were the hardest decisions?
The top and the bottom of the list.
We could have put any of the top three or four prospects at No. 1 and had a strong defense for our case. And Nos. 5-10 could have gone in just about any order, too.
The last five spots were equally difficult, because there are about 45 players who currently have the credentials to be considered for the Super 30.
There are players committed to Division I programs who didn't make the list. In a normal year, a D-I commitment will just about guarantee you a top 20 spot. But there are just so many good prospects this year that the decisions for the final few spots became incredibly tough to make.