This. Every. Single. Word.
“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
This. Every. Single. Word.
I decide the amount of stars. My criteria is I count the number of vowels in their first and last name. Vowels = stars, its science
But is Y a star or not?!? THE SYSTEM IS FLAWED!!!
Michael Jordan and Troy Aikman do from all that I've heard.
Recruiting is huge anyone who says differently is either not looking at the facts or ignoring them because there school can't recruit well.
I did my graduate work at Temple University in Pha. and I also follow the Owls in basketball and football. Last year the Owls received their first "modern era" four star commit and it was elation everywhere in the TU blogosphere. The distance in talent between have schools for recruiting and have not schools for recruiting is miles in football.
Four star basketball recruits at Temple not a huge deal...but football, unreal. For years they minimized it in football importance vs. local schools like Rutgers etc. but once they got one you could see how they'd kind of buried it.
Great story to illustrate my point.
I understand the not-so-subtle insinuation of the OP, and only have one response: don't judge this staff or the players until 2015.
Waynes and Dennard were both 2 star guys. They're the reason MSU can blitz at will....or Devin.
It's not hard science. It's hardly science.
I will admit that 5 star guys, and high (6.0) four star guys tend to pan out far better than others.
But, for most of the others, it's an educated guess as to how they will perform at the next level.
Oh, coaching matters. Development, schemes, adjustments.
Not to mention the little things - like playing the best guys and putting the team first. Keeping them humble but confident at the same time. Not settling, or letting them settle. Making sure they believe in them.
And character, when using the term related to football, definitely matters.
40 times are important, if you can hit the hole - if there is one. Or if you can run a route and sell a fake. If you can take a hit as well as you give one. If you can...pick up a blitz.
Strength matters, if you have quick feet and a quicker brain.
Size matters (oops) if it fits the scheme. More like if it fits the play, and everything else is in place.
Ask Mack Brown with run of consistent top 5 recruiting classes how important recruiting rankings are.
Ask Jimbo Fisher.
Experience matters, too. MSU's D starts six seniors, three juniors and two RS sophomores.
You mean the same Mack Brown with the National Championship and multiple BCS berths, right?
Their recruiting remains solid but note they began to decline only when "Peter Principle" Will Muschamp went to Florida.
Lesson: Excellent recruits plus good coaching equals outcomes. To minimize recruiting is ridiculous.
It's beginning to look like more of a coaching problem than lack of experienced players