Five Recruiting Classes That Will DOOM Their Teams FOREVER

Unless you're a journalist covering Michigan, Signing Day is a day of hope and joy. It's a very wobbly, indeterminate day of hope and joy, but what are you going to do, not care at all? Maybe if you're a communist. It's usually all sunniness and joy, so how about some grim doom? ↵

↵What follows is one man's potentially inaccurate and laughable attempt at identifying the teams that should be most disappointed with their recruiting hauls this year. It's based on my vast, moderately disturbing knowledge of the recruiting scene and national rankings from Scout, Rivals, and ESPN. ↵

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↵First, an exclusion to explain: ↵

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  • Wisconsin finished 86th in the Rivals rankings, one spot in back of Akron and behind UTEP, Northern Illinois, and Kent State. Why they finished there is a mystery: with a 2.88 star average and 24 recruits Wisconsin is 51st in star ranking, which isn't great but isn't far off Wisconsin's usual (and usually underrated) effort.
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↵On with the preposterously hasty DOOM: ↵

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↵5. Ohio State. This is more DOOM in a national sense than a regional one: Ohio State still brought in the second-best class in the Big Ten after Penn State. (Some services rank Michigan higher, but Michigan brought in 27 kids to Ohio State's 18.) After two years of recruiting at a USC or Florida level, Ohio State took a steep drop this offseason despite their Rose Bowl breakthrough, losing out on a trio of highly-touted offensive line commits on Signing Day and striking out on the top four kids in the state of Ohio. Given OSU's last two classes, they're not exactly headed for the Alamo Bowl, but a future national championship game might have disappointingly familiar results because of events from this January. ↵

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↵4. Cincinnati. This is not a huge surprise, since Brian Kelly exited stage left, but Cinci's class is 74th in Rivals star rating and saw several defections to Notre Dame and other schools. They finished just ahead of Washington State and behind SMU and Memphis. They did pick up spectacularly-named QB Munchie Legaux in a late signing-day switch, but the payoff for UC was exceedingly meager given their season. Without Brian Kelly around to make quarterbacks magically delicious, a return to Car Care and Tire bowls beckons. ↵

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↵3. Minnesota. Like our upcoming #1 school of DOOM, the entire point of Minnesota's head coach is that he can recruit, and he can't even do that, really. Minnesota pulled in two-four star recruits, suffered through eleven decommitments, and failed to get Seantrel Henderson despite offering his extremely marginal best friend JD Pride. ↵

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↵2. Miami. A Miami class with 28 commitments in it that has two more four stars than two stars is mindblowing, even given the 'Canes current middling status. Making things worse are the classes of Miami's two primary in-state rivals, which owned. ↵

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↵Miami picked up one top 100 recruit. It is in Florida. This is a very bad sign. Even worse: Baylor(!) is a notch ahead of them in star average on Rivals. ↵

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↵1. Illinois. Doctor Saturday covered this in detail today. In sum: this is Zook's worst class ever, with one four star, and his best class ever just exited stage right without a bowl bid. Rivals has them 70th, 8th in the Big Ten. If Zook couldn't hack it with actual talent, what's he going to do with these guys? Probably watch them on TV after he gets fired. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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