D1 Football Prospects’ Track & Field Participation

Over 3800 high school football players have a reported Division 1 football offer according to 247Sports.

Tracking Football research finds that 56% of those players have also participated in track and field.

Track & field data provides powerful data driven insights to football personnel and recruiting departments.  These results are historic, objective and standardized. Unfortunately not enough staffs are educated on how to interpret this data through a football-centric perspective. This can lead to overlooking prospects that have a high athletic ceiling, as well as misunderstanding the impact of individual track & field results. The key is the ability to learn from past successful football players.

That’s why Tracking Football developed the Player Athletic Index. This score was built by researching over 30,000 current and former Division 1 football players. Metrics such as height, weight, position, track & field performance data, and multiple sport participation were studied in order to find optimal standards. The result is a 0.0-5.0 scale score that can compare the body type & athleticism of current prospects to past players.

Here’s a few ways to break down the PAI score and TF % of 2019 D1 football prospects:

1. Track & Field data has relevance at all positions:

2. Higher star ranking = higher PAI average:

3. FBS commits have highest PAI average:

Athleticism is just one piece of the puzzle when evaluating football prospects. However if your player personnel and coaching staff are discussing track & field metrics, Tracking Football can ensure that our data becomes your advantage.