Bringing in a good a recruiting class is a tough task. The competition on the trail is fierce. Coaches scramble for prospects all over the country, looking to sign a good group to boast about on the first Wednesday in February.
Some programs can get off to a good start and keep their pace until signing day, while others see a new staff's initial enthusiasm provide a jolt of renewed energy in a program's recruiting efforts.
Sustaining that success and energy level year-to-year is a challenge that not all programs can overcome. Many times, a coaching staff will complete a cycle with a great class only to see its next class fall short of the prior group's quality.
With the 2014 class now taking shape, some programs are learning their classes will not be as good as last year's. A program that has shocked the nation that past two recruiting cycles is falling from grace, while a Big 12 power is not on its normal pace. Several SEC surprises also are included in this rundown.