Recruiting is so crucial to a team's success. It sets a program up to have great teams for years to come and gives teams the luxury of reloading, not rebuilding.
Every program recruits hard year after year, but not every single recruiting cycle is kind.
Sometimes, as a program, you can go after prospects who just are not feeling your pitch that year. A rival school could be enjoying a hot year, though, which in turn weakens your recruiting. And many other reasons can come about that will see you endure a down recruiting cycle.
This year, while many of the traditional recruiting powers are once again flexing their muscle, there are several programs that are not meeting their own standards in recruiting. For this read, let's examine the top five schools that are recruiting way below standards.