disclaimer - this is written in the wake of the panic-inducing McGuffie transfer. It is also speculation.
It is widely thought that Newsome left because RR kept going after QBs after getting his commitment.
While many do not think McNeal left for any reason other than a perceived ill-fit into the system, we have to wonder whether RR's targeting of top 2010 receivers played some part in his decommit.
Now we have McGuffie leaving. This is RAMPANT speculation, but could this be a consequence of chasing too many RBs in the 2009 class? We have a jillion RBs but are signing quite a few more. Could this have scared McG?
On a more positive note, I think I like this style of recruiting by RR. Competition for playing time is always good and should separate the wheat from the chaff. We want guys that will want to come in ready for a fight to get into the game. So, we should get guys with a competitive spirit that have been pushed to excellence by working for the position. It should also avoid situations like our current QB situation, where solid backups were not acquired because we had our golden boy in Mallett and didn't want to scare him off by recruiting.
However, the strategy appears to have some short-term pain. Those that weren't aware of this recruiting style may be turned off/scared of being buried on the depth chart and will transfer or decommit. In the long run, if RR is the genius that I think he is, we will be a team of hungry, talented players that have EARNED playing time and will kick ass.