Posted On: 07/30/20 10:00 AM

It is almost time to reveal the new rankings for the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023! As we prepare to release our rankings, we always feel it is important to share the process and what goes into this difficult task. For the Class of 2021, you will see a top 40. The Class of 2022 will include the top 30 and the Class of 2023, the top 20. 

Players are ranked on their status as a college prospect. Not necessarily what they have accomplished in high school or club to date. We determine this from our panel of coaches across the region. This means we go through and rank our top division 1 prospects, then we proceed and rank our remaining athletes. Keep in mind, who may be considered the best player currently does not equate to top college prospects. We utilize live game action from the last couple of years, Hudl game footage and highlights, recruitment notes, and MaxPreps to get as much information as possible on each prospect. We can’t stress enough, these are opinions, and not being on these lists does not mean you will not have a successful collegiate career. 

Since we shared that we utilize a panel of coaches, here is the breakdown for those curious. 

9 College Coaches ( 6 NCAA Division 1, 2 NCAA Division 2, 1 NCAA Division 3). 

9 High School/Club Regional Coaches ( 3 Kansas City, 3 St. Louis, 2 Southwest, 1 Southeast)

Prep Dig Staff

For each class, the top 10-13 rankings depending on which class, we utilized only the rankings shared by the college coaches.

Here are some of the factors college coaches utilized when ranking the athletes.

Overall skill set and athleticism.

The conference they are heading to or being recruited by and the athletes’ ability to be a difference-maker in that conference.

Forecasting the chances of the prospect potentially becoming an All-Conference, All-Region, All-American player, or be selected for USA Volleyball Collegiate Teams.

How high was the athlete recruited? (How many schools recruited or are currently recruiting the prospect)

Current level of play + potential growth

College programs and their record of developing players. (for committed players)

Recap of prospects

Instead of writing recaps for the top 10 prospects, we will utilize the hard work of our panel and share some of the quotes associated with the athletes detailing what coaches feel are their strengths and areas of potential growth. 

We want to again thank our panel for taking the time over the last few weeks to pull this together. And without further ado, starting Monday, August 3rd, the Prep Dig Top 40 of 2021 followed each week with the Top 30 of 2022 and Top 20 for 2023!