And so, the college teams like USC, who ride the top of the college recruiting rankings year after year, simply go after the brightest and shiniest prospects. Does it automatically translate into a better college football team?
Well, there are three reasons why it does not:
I – Well Run College Football Teams Seldom Start Freshman
If you have a solid football program, your coaches add to the skillsets of your players each year. A season of college coaching should be greater than a year of high school coaching. And so, the difference in success in college football is based less on WHO you attract as it does on Who coaches them up.
This team went to the NCAA playoffs with “inferior” recruits. Or were they? Perhaps they needed an extra year to come into their own? Perhaps they simply flourished with stronger coaching?
Freshmen usually sit, giving coaches time to understand and develop their talents. After a year of college coaching, the “quality” aspect of raw recruits is nullified.