Take this matrix (h/t Brad) over at The Wide Angle View of College Football put together by Dave. It gives average recruiting rankings back to 10 years. Here's a snapshot from the top:
Each class will have some kind of impact on a team for the next 5 years so don’t take them lightly. Solid talent stratification is important in keeping performance consistent. You will find that most programs are range bound in recruiting in that over a 5 year period, in spite of big ups or downs in single classes, recruiting is often stagnant or stuck in a range of rankings.So, all of that together brings up some interesting off season type questions for me:
- Is there really that much difference in the 10th ranked class and say the 7th (LSU) or even the 6th (Florida)?
- Is it safe to say that once you sustain a top ten recruiting ranking for x number of years, it's the coaches (aka the X's and the O's) that get you to the top of the real rankings (formerly known as the BCS rankings)?
- Then again, how much does luck come into play?
Sure, that last question bears at least a little more weight after Auburn's run this past season...in particular after two miracle plays help shape their season. But it truly is a mix of recruiting, coaching and just some old fashioned luck. I'm not sure what the exact ratio would be, but I'd put recruiting with a heavy majority.