What’s crazy is how our recruiting rankings like this year and others are not great, i get that. They really aren’t much different the Shafers recruiting classes if you go by ranking. But, holy cow it’s sooooo obvious how much better the talent is that Dino is bringing in. So I don’t know how much I value those rankings. Anything after top 35-40 is really just BS let’s be honest. So I must say I actually think the recruiting is not as bad as the rankings say.
Now that being said, that leaves us with middle of the pack roster in the landscape of CFB, which middle of the pack rosters need excellent coaching to be above average teams.
In my opinion to get to the next level of recruiting(top 40 class), At this point we need a few (2-3 straight) over achieving seasons in my opinion. Where we are ranked or flirting with being ranked and finishing 8-4 or 9-3. We need to change our approach I think like many here said, where we decrease our HS recruiting classes and focus heavily on talented transfers.
To wrap up this rant, I guess it all comes down to over achieving when you have medium level talent, and stringing together multiple seasons of that over achieving, which brings more $$ to the program, more exposure, better recruiting, etc.
Just freaking win! And right now to be a consistently good winning team we need to “over achieve”. Let’s hope we over achieve in 23, because technically we did in 22. That would be a start to getting where we all want this to go.