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Recruiting has quickly morphed into a very lucrative industry that for the most part speculates what kind of talent a school can bring in each year. It gives us as college football fans the hope that future seasons (mainly next season) will yield better results than the previous ones. I appreciate it for that and nothing else. Why? College Football recruiting is a crapshoot just like the NFL, NBA, and every other professional sport's annual Draft. How many busts do we see every season? Sure, it is inspiring to see a recruiting class that is filled with 4 and 5-star level talent. It makes us feel awesome that our team convinced more highly coveted players to sign with OUR team and NOT YOUR team. It inflates our (already present) arrogance to proclaim with absolute certainty that WE are going to beat YOU as we neglect the fact that the most important part of the equation (the actual game) hasn’t even occurred yet! However, WE have more stars than YOU! Please… Anyone who has actually played sports knows that the level of competition changes tremendously at each level whether it be from JV to Varsity to College (Div III to II to I) to Professional. We can only speculate that these 4 and 5-star recruits will perform as well as they have in high school at the next level. While a highly rated recruiting class theoretically puts a team at a greater advantage of doing better, the fact of the matter is that it all comes down to player development and their ability to perform in the system they have committed to. Yes, examples exist like Alabama who has had the top ranked recruiting class in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 according to and who went on to become arguably the best team of recent memory. However, there are teams like Oregon who finished in the top 5 in the past 3 years with only one top 10 ranked recruiting class from 2008 to 2012 (9th in 2011). Stanford, which finished in the top 10 in the last 3 years, only had two recruiting classes break the top 20 since 2005 (20th in 2009 and 5th in 2012)! The majority of the players in that 2012 class didn’t even contribute to this year’s top 10 finish either! For all of you SEC pundits out there, I tried to find some consistency out there in the BCS, but Alabama seems to have been the only consistent top 10 finisher from the SEC. South Carolina maybe? There have been many top 10 recruiting classes in the SEC in the past several years though. Either way, it does help to prove the point that while many of the top rated recruiting classes have gone to SEC schools, it doesn’t seem to translate as equally into BCS success. University of Texas has had a top 5 ranked recruiting class in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, yet has essentially disappeared from the BCS since 2009. I am a true University of Miami fan (and yes, I actually went to school there too). However, it makes me laugh when I see how many people think that recruiting rankings will translate into winning/losing games and National Championships that haven’t even occurred yet. I’m tired of the negativity from supposed fans. Give the coaches and players credit. You missed your opportunity to live that dream whether it be as a player or a coach. Let’s be real here, the overwhelming majority of people who criticize don't even have nor ever had a fraction of the talent or athletic ability that the recruits have in UM’s 2014 class. Go Canes!
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