You can rip me if you want to for saying this but I don't buy into recruiting rankings and I've posted my explanation on this before. If we were doing such a bad job then take a look at the recent NFL picks we've had and how many of them are playing key roles on teams today:
2006 Tim Dobbins (5/151/San Diego) Seeing time as a reserve
2005 Ellis Hobbs (3/84/New England) Starter
2003 Seneca Wallace (4/110/Seattle) Will have 1st career start this weekend
2002 Mike Banks (7/223/Arizona) Played a few seasons on special teams
2001 Reggie Hayward (3/87/Denver) Starter for Jacksonville
Sage Rosenfels (4/109/Washington) Backup for Houston
James Reed (7/206/NY Jets) Starter with Chiefs
1998 Oliver Ross (5/138/Dallas) Starter for Arizona
Lets not forget Jordan Carstens who started for Carolina last year and still gets PT for one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Jordan was an unknown non-scholarship player from a 1A Iowa HS. JJ Moses has returned kicks for a few NFL teams as well. Jeremy Lloyd was with the Rams for awhile, Tony Yelk is on the practice squad for Atlanta and several other recent grads have been in NFL training camps in recent years. Looking over that list I don't think any of those players were 4 or 5 star recruits when they came to ISU. We probably have a couple players on this current team that will get a chance with the NFL too
I think where we may fail is balancing our recruiting. We always seem to get some good players at the skill positions but we forget about things like the offensive line and kickers at times just so we can sign an extra RB or something. Alford and Ash are the 2 primary recruiting assistants on the staff. Mac doesn't go out there and find all these players, most head coaches don't. Head coaches are brought in to take a look at a kid an assistant has scouted then they go into the living room and try to get a commitment. After listening to Alford and Ash at the recruiting thing Cyclone Nation put on in the spring at 3 Bag in WDM, I have my doubts that those 2 are doing enough to address areas we need depth and help at. Whenever someone asked them a tough question about recruiting we got a weak blanket answer and they tip-toed around the question. I specifically asked about why did didn't sign a single kicker when we had a senior punter and a guy that has missed some big FG's and I got the old "vote of confidence" BS that they were ok with what we already have. Granted I hope the 52 yarder that Shaggy hit the other week is a sign of things to come, at the time though you would think that we would have at least brought in someone to push him for the job before the season knowing our recent history with kickers.
I don't know, I could just be completely off my rocker too with this but it has been really frustrating to read some of these posts lately and sort through all the garbage and negativity at this time. I'm like any other fan, I am frustrated too but I'm not getting panicked like the sky is falling like a lot of others here seem to be...