1.) It really wasn't a phenominal recuriting class by anymeans. However given the situation that Hoke had to work with once he got here, what he did with the recuriting class can certainly be argued as phenominal.
2.) To do proper dillgence? As he said this isn't some quick decision... the impact of his hire is obviously huge and will be huge for years and years to come. So he interviewed people, one of them was likely Les Miles. Now what if, and I know this always seems so foreign to this board. But what if he interviewed both candidates (and he claimed he interviewed more too) and Hoke was simply who he thought was better for the job?
3.) I don't think he gets Absolute Faith at all. There is a difference between trust, giving one the benefit of the doubt, and "Absoulte faith." Just because one doesn't agree with your opinion of Dave Brandon doesn't mean they have absolute faith in him. (Not saying you feel that way either.)
4.) Just think of RR was fired after the OSU game and Michigan waxed MSU in the bowl. I don't think that the decision came down to the bowl game, but I think it certainly had the possibility of him saviing his job.
5.) That one I completely agree with.