Before you take away my hard earned points (do you know how many useless comments I had to make? 20) I am not here to whine about our recruit's rankings.
Actually I was thinking back to a quote from Rich Rod (no link, sorry) when he said that he is trying to bring in recruits who have a passion for the game. I am paraphrasing, obviously, but that was the idea. At the time I dismissed it as coach speak, but I think he might be sticking to philosophy.
Of course you can't determine the "passion" of each recruit, but the evidence I offer is Jonathon Hankins, who most of us recruiting nerds probably thought would inevitably receive an offer. While he was very talented by all accounts, he wasn't offered because he couldn't get into shape.
I was thinking at the time, Barwis will fix that in one summer, but the offer never came and it suggests that maybe Rodriguez really means it when he says that he wants players who are truly committed.
The other possibility is that Hankins is just tubby and Rodriguez had flashbacks of Justin Boren.
Anyways, it led me to think that maybe we are bringing in players who are supposedly less talented, but have more desire to win and prove themselves. Thoughts?
Edit: this was a serious idea at first, but my typos are much more interesting