1. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
You never, ever, ever know if a recruiting class is going to work out. Go back and look at the history of any top 100 list, and you’re not going to recognize most of the names for anything they did on the college field.
And, of course, every year around Super Bowl time, someone will point out that most of the players barely received a scholarship offer.
But when your class is ranked dead last among all the Power Five programs – or close to it – across the board of recruiting services, it wasn’t a good run no matter how you want to explain it away.
If you’re Texas Tech, and UTSA has outrecruited you, there’s a problem.
Kliff Kingsbury was able to get his receivers, and he got two fantastic ones in Gabriel Douglas and Erik Ezukanma to lead the way. However, he needed to get a few more big-time prospects in the smaller class.
To be fair, the services aren’t going to like this haul because it’s small – there just weren’t that many scholarships to give away. But there’s a whole bunch of two-star guys among an awfully small group of prospects.
If the receivers are strong, though, screw the rankings – the class will work out fine. Deal with the defense next year.