Not every year is going to be a banner-recruiting run for a program. Recruiting is such a tricky operation and there's not a science to it at all. So sometimes, a given recruiting cycle just doesn't pan out favorably or as favorably as previous years for a program.
It's going to happen for a few programs within this 2014 cycle. That's just how things go, as there have to be losers when people are competing to be winners. Many variables can be the cause of a subpar recruiting season. From a coach rumored to be on the hot seat, a program losing an ace recruiter, pending NCAA sanctions and also the rise of another program.
As you can tell by now, the following read will be about five programs who I think could be on track to having subpar overall recruiting seasons. Sure, they'll land some good prospects, but perhaps when the final recruiting rankings are rolled out next February, you may see these programs ranked a little lower than usual.