College Football Recruiting 2013: 7 Schools Recruiting Worse Than They Should Be
Aside from being a consistent winning program, you need to be a consistent good recruiting program. Bringing in talent year in and year out is the name of the game in college football.
Looking at how things have gone so far this year on the recruiting trail, there are some schools who are recruiting worse than they should be. These schools have far too many resources, prestige, 2012 on-field success or winning tradition to be recruiting how they are right now.
Here are seven schools recruiting worse than what they should be right now.
7. Oregon State
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The Beavers have 11 commitments and they will likely not sign a top 25 class. That's remarkable for a program that had a shift-changing season and has the most momentum it's had in years.
Mike Riley should be getting ready for his bowl game while preparing to gobble up some prospects that will help move the Beavers' program forward.
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Doug Marrone has been in upstate New York for a few years, and things need to get going upward fast as the Orange prepare to move to a new conference.
Unfortunately, 2013 recruiting isn't probably going to help as Scout.com ranks their class 75th in the nation. 'Cuse was once a proud program, the fanbase is solid and you can win games here.
Having the 75th best class is worse than where they should be.
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Charlie Strong's ball club was a Top 25 team for most of the season, led by the arm of QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Strong also has great ties in the state of Florida, which combined with his team's success makes their current nine-commit class a head-scratcher.
Louisville only has one 4-star prospect committed, shows ESPNU, and it'll likely not end up in the top 25 recruiting rankings. That's disappointing.
4. NC State
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Tom O'Brien was fired over the past weekend and it seemed he never got the Wolfpack over the hump. That can be said on the recruiting side of things because there's no reason why NC State can't be an upper-echelon recruiting school.
North Carolina is rich with good high school football talent, you get good support from the fans and the program is in a BCS conference.
Having just one 4-star prospect in a 19-man recruiting class shouldn't be the standard in Raleigh.
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Cal's another program that fired it's head coach. Jeff Tedford is out in Berkeley and last year, at one point, had a top 10 recruiting class.
Now, Scout.com ranks the Bears' 2013 class No. 49 in the country. How's that possible?
Cal has a beautiful campus, improving facilities, the students love the football program and the academics are of superb quality. Recruiting should be a lot easier at Cal than it's been the past few years.
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Moving into the Big 12 was supposed to help TCU's recruiting pitch to prospects around Texas and the region.
Well, so far they've gotten 14 commitments, but Scout.com ranks its class all the way down at No. 46. That is not going to cut it in the Big 12 conference.
If Gary Patterson is going to get the Horned Frogs to the top of the conference, he and his staff will need to step up their recruiting.
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ESPNU has the Sooners' class ranked No. 20 and many schools would kill for a class like OU has. They have just 13 commitments, but the class has solid quality and is led by RB Keith Ford.
Yet, the Sooners are doing worse than what they should be. This class is smaller than usual, and it lacks the dominant group of prospects that OU frequently lures to Norman.
Being ranked 20th is fine, but this is Oklahoma. It should be a top 10 program in recruiting just going by their prestige let alone actually working for prospects.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 (formerly 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.