One thing that even I’ve blasted Kevin Sneddon for in this space is overrecruitment: snagging more verbal commits than you can give scholarships and playing time to. But is UVM really this bad in this area? I decided to take a look.
I used EliteProspects for recruits, although it’s not perfect (UVM has 3 players listed there – Max Sauve, Christian Thomas, and Ocean Wiesblatt – that I know decommitted, so I omitted them from the count) it’s probably the easiest way.
In bar graph form:
Not only is UVM not top-5, they’re not even top 10. I have some thoughts here:
- I’m including transfers in this (Alabama-Huntsville’s Jake Theut from Northeastern, Michigan Tech’s Matt Jurusik from Wisconsin, BC’s Ben Finkelstein from SLU, etc.)
- The average amount of commits for a school is 19, rounded up to the nearest full number.
- No team should EVER have 30+ commitments. So shame on CC, Wisconsin, and Michigan. By the way, the Michigan number is more reflective of Mel Pearson than Red Berenson; two-thirds of those commits have come since he was hired last summer. (On the other hand, half of Tech’s commits were Joe Shawhan’s, and Tech fans seem to think he’ll be cutting down on the overrecruitment.)
- Really, shame on the Big Ten (what else is new), only Penn State and Ohio State have fewer than 25 commits. The message I see to the other 5 teams is that they want to replace their entire team within
- The Alaskas being so low makes sense when you consider their unstable future. Didn’t expect Ferris to be that low, though.
- UNH being so low was a legitimate surprise for me. Maybe the down years are taking a toll?
To further specialize, let’s take a look at Hockey East, shall we?
Middle of the pack, and not much would separate them from being in the bottom 3!
I’m gonna take the L here – while UVM is recruiting over the average amount, it’s not a problem that is HORRENDOUSLY bad. I stand by the bulk of my criticisms of Sneddon, but I’ll backtrack on this one for now.