College Football Recruiting 2013: Worst Recruiting Class in Each BCS Conference
In the BCS era, we've learned that just because your program is a member of one of the power six, AQ or commonly referred to BCS conferences does not equate to success. That also extends to not being successful on the recruiting trail, and this read will shed some light on the lack of success by BCS conference schools.
Looking at each conference, for this piece, I am going to give you the worst 2013 recruiting class in all six BCS leagues. These teams have the membership and affiliation needed to get to a BCS bowl, but their recruiting classes this year are probably not going to help them get to one.
Here's the worst class in each BCS conference.
ACC: Wake Forest
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Jim Grobe is one of the best coaches in the country at getting something out of lowly rated recruiting classes. He'll have to work his magic once again with this 2013 recruiting class.
The Demon Deacons have the worst class in the ACC with 13 commitments and none being 4-star recruits. In fact, Scout.com doesn't give ratings to seven of Grobes' commitments with any stars.
Dishonorable Mention: Boston College
Big 12: Iowa State
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Paul Rhoads is the coach and leader of the Cyclones, and recruiting has always been tough for ISU. This year is no different, as they only have 10 commitments and only two of them are even 3-star prospects, per Scout.com.
This has been an offensive recruiting cycle for Rhoads and his staff, as the majority of their commitments come from that side of the ball. The Cyclones staff will have to really coach this group up and overachieve.
Dishonorable Mention: Kansas
Big East: Syracuse
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I really respect Doug Marrone and the job he's doing at Syracuse, but he needs a jolt on the recruiting trail. Marrone is one of the best offensive minds in the country and a great OL coach by trade, but he's not recruiting well this year.
The Orange has just nine players committed, and five of them fail to have any stars, per Scout.com. Syracuse used to be a football juggernaut, but based on is recruiting this year, the glory days may be far from returning.
Dishonorable Mention: Temple
Big Ten: Minnesota
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With just a class of seven commitments, I'm sure Jerry Kill has seven players that fit his and his staff's systems, but this class still is not strong when you compare it to others in the Big Ten.
Kill has a great offensive system with proven results, so I expect his classes to not be highly regarded, but to produce. He will need to waste no player out of this class to get maximum production because this is not a top-tier recruiting class for the Golden Gophers by any means.
Dishonorable Mention: Purdue
Pac 12: Oregon State
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The Beavers have themselves some Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl intentions this year, and pretty much no one outside of Corvallis saw that coming. Yet their recruiting efforts this cycle still have left much to be desired.
Mike Riley and his staff have the worst class in the Pac-12 right now, and that is surprising since they've had a great 2012 season on the field. The Beavers have 10 commitments, and none are 4-star prospects at Scout.com.
Dishonorable Mention: Colorado
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Joker Phillips is on the hot seat in Lexington, but watching the Wildcats this season, I see some improvement. It will be interesting to see if Phillips returns in 2013.
He has 15 commitments towards his 2013 recruiting class, and even though the class is solid, it is still at the bottom in the super-competitive SEC. With Louisville having a great season and Charlie Strong leading the Cardinals, Phillips will continue to find luring top talent in the Blue Grass State to UK to be very tough.
Dishonorable Mention: Missouri
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.