July 11, 2011

Rivals.com at 10: A look back

Rivals at 10: The Series
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell doesn't necessarily have fond memories of the 2002 recruiting cycle, the first one "covered" by Rivals.

Farrell remembers having to cajole high school coaches to send video of their players. There were virtually no high-level summer camps. And, truth be told, at the time Rivals didn't have that big a travel budget, meaning a lot of the recruiting rankings had to be done off highlight tapes.

But things have changed drastically in the ensuing 10 years: There are summer camps everywhere, players now send in tape unsolicited and Rivals analysts are out upward of 40 weekends a year seeing prospects in person.

Those 10 years, then, have seen a lot of growth in recruiting coverage and in how Rivals.com - now part of Yahoo! Sports - covers college sports, as well. To celebrate that growth, today we start a weeklong series remembering Rivals' first 10 years.

We look back on both recruiting, including an overall Rivals100 for the 10 years, and what happened on the field in college football, including an All-America team based on single-season performances, in that span.

In October, we'll give the same treatment to basketball. For now, though, sit back and enjoy the memories.


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