We are not "too smart" to play at that elite level. We get dangerously close to the Clearinghouse minimum with some of these guys. Moreover, I don't think we have the academic rigor reputation that recruits are mistakenly scared away by when being chased by Stanford and Notre Dame.
If a guy was out of the ball park, we wouldnt even offer him. Look at the top recruits in the country. How many of those do we offer? Most, if not all. I think we are hunting for this excuse to justify our recent poor performances against the nation's elite, but it is an empty argument.
We will be back at the national elite level in a couple of years. This multi year hiccup can be attributed to woeful recruiting at the end of Carr and throughout RR's entire regime.
Remember, Demar Dorsey couldn't even qualify at Louisville. Maybe we won't take a player or two each year with a criminal background, but this does not have the material effect that would justify this "we just have too much character and intelligence to compete with those cavemen" line of reasoning.