So, I finally caved in to some persistent pestering from sports writer Doug Doughty this week, and I’m glad I did.
Doug, like most sports guys, is a stats guy and a list lover. For a couple of years now, he’s been making lists of Timesland’s best high school athletes and their college commitments. Every few weeks this time of year, he sends me an updated version of the list — unsolicited by me. This is his way of hinting around for me to put it online.
Doug’s persistence — married with my lack of other stuff to do for a day or two — finally paid off. You can how track the path of 140 athletes online — girls, boys, footballers and softballers, golfers and runners, and everything in between. Search by high school, by sport, by college where they’re headed.
One great advantage Doug sees in having it online is it presents an opportunity for the community to clue us in to commitments we’ve overlooked. So, if you know of someone we’ve overlooked, Doug invites you to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and set him straight.
Every year he tabulates the top 100 high school football recruits in the entire commonwealth — an excellent data set that’s been available in the DataSphere for a couple of years now, along with a separate database of all recruits to the Virginia Tech and UVa football programs.
So do a search, scroll through all of them, whatever pleases you. And let us know if we’ve left anyone out.