Most Disappointing 2013 Recruiting Classes
Every single head coach that speaks about his 2013 recruiting class will tell you that he "likes" his class and that he got every single recruit he wanted. While that may be true for many programs, it's not for all programs.
National signing day has a good side and a bad side, to which the latter brings a lot of heartbreak and disappointment. Looking around the country today, I see several programs that may be signing recruiting classes that are a little disappointing.
Whether a class got rocked with decommitments, saw a crucial recruiter/coach leave or just couldn't build any momentum on the trail to sign upper echelon talent, disappointment looms on this recruiting holiday.
Here are the most disappointing 2013 recruiting classes.
Last year, Maryland signed top-tier prospects like Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown. Landing those prospects was supposed to be the momentum builder and set the foundation for a great 2013 class.
Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Scout.com ranks the 2013 class for the Terps at No. 48, which has to be disappointing to Randy Edsall. I'm sure if Edsall had been told he would sign the 48th best class in 2013 after landing Diggs last year, he would have laughed.
Today, things are likely not too jolly in Maryland.
Even further down in the Scout.com recruiting rankings is Louisville.
The Cardinals won the Big East and beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl, so one would imagine that would be enough to surge up the rankings.
Well, they landed WRs Richard Benjamin and James Quick, but being ranked 56th is probably not what Charlie Strong had in mind. I'm sure Strong will say he digs his class, but he and his staff did not make the impact we expected them to make on the recruiting trail this year.
I don't know what's the deal in South Florida, but I expect this is the last disappointing class the Bulls sign for awhile. New coach Willie Taggart knows Florida too well and is too energetic to sign the No. 63 (Scout.com) class in the country again.
The old regime struck out with Vernon Hargreaves III, even though his father was on the coaching staff. Then USF lost all-everything QB recruit Asiantii Woulard to UCLA along with seeing TE target Travis Johnson sign with Cincinnati.
This class has to be a little disappointing for the USF brass, but Taggart should improve things in 2014.
Bob Stoops' class is a Top 25-caliber assembly, but the recruiting standard is higher than that in Norman.
OU is accustomed to bringing in Top 10 classes left and right. With ESPNU ranking the Sooners' class 20th this year, that has to be disappointing.
I like this class, as RB Keith Ford is an impressive player. Yet, it's just not the typical dominant Oklahoma recruiting class that we're all used to.
Without a doubt, this has to be most disappointing NSD for USC in recent memory. The Trojans have been simply hit hard with decommitments over the past few months, from CB Jalen Ramsey to DE Torrodney Prevot to WR Sebastian LaRue to DE Kylie Fitts and more.
The 13-man class that USC has is made up of good players, but overall it's not the group that Lane Kiffin was expecting.
Usually USC is in the Top Five recruiting rankings, but this year ESPNU sits them all the way at 14th. Frankly, that's disappointing when you think of the extremely high standard that USC usually recruits at.
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.