I dont buy into starts too much, but I'd rather have 4/3 star recruits then 2/ and no star recruits. The key is too get players that fit the system you are trying to field. Look at Kansas, they started 2 and 3 star recruits this year and look what it did. Talib was a 2 star and the kid is leaving early.
I know there is a ton of examples of 2 stars that do nothing, but if the kid is an athlete and has football smarts, that is all you need. The proper coaching of techniques will make him a top player along with proper strength and conditioning.
This class really is ok though.... go back and compare the schools we used to lose recruits to under Mac, we'd always lose several to non-BCS schools. That isn't happening anymore. That also says to me we are recruiting better players who BCS schools want.
It wasn't Mac's fault (that they didn't develop, it was his fault for recruiting them), most didn't make it at all, or didn't last through spring ball and summer. I remember that Max Steward, that 4* LB never showed up and basically was AWOL, the coaches had no idea what happened to him, where he went, and couldn't get ahold of him. He just never showed.
We all hope for high star ratings, but at the end of the day, all that matters is production on the field. The geeks at scout.com don't decide who gets to be a good player.
Big BB crowd and win would be nice, but I'm hoping for 35F+, sunny, and no wind that day.
Just one four star would probably jump our class up 10 spaces in the rankings. But if it is some JUCO who never sees campus, how does that help? I'm willing to give the staff the benefit of the doubt. If their evaluation is good and if the players stick around, then the class will be a success. And at that time, Chizik's recruits will automatically get better rankings because people will assume he is a good evaluator.
The real problem with the 02 class was the OL position. We had lost some good OL (Howard, Hannen, White) that year and needed to restock the position. Signed 8 OL - none were ever dominant, only 2 (Zehr, Pence) really contributed, most were busts or quitters. In his defense, I heard on more than one occasion that losing Wierson to injury was a big loss.
I remember watching the recruiting tape that year with a former Big 8 DL from a competing school. I was buying into the class ratings hype until his comment that the OL group had terrible footwork brought me back to reality. In hindsight, the footwork comment was spot-on.
The '02 class followed two of our best seasons (2000 & 2001); the '08 class follows two of our recent worst seasons (2006 & 2007). If we win 6 and make a bowl, we'll see a boost in our recruiting.
Yes it helps that for instance Ohio and Texas kids like to go to schools in their own state but we have immediate playing time available at a lot of positions. Kansas' QB Reesing is from Texas and their top 3 WR's from Oklahoma and Texas as well. Their RBs are local products but we can't have this mentality that our location limits us. Yeah blue chippers may not come here but it shouldn't stop us from aiming high. Chizik is supposed to have these strong recruiting ties from his days at Texas and Auburn I thought. I see a bulk of these commits are from Texas and Florida which is a plus, I was just hoping we'd see some bigger recruits coming in with the change in coaches and we wouldn't be ranked near the bottom in recruiting once again once signing day comes.