Offenses have become more potent in today's game, and rule changes have put defenses be at a disadvantage. However, the right defensive scheme and players can still challenge great offenses.
Coaches continue to say "defense wins championships," as finding athletic and instinctive defensive recruits on the trail is still a priority. Some programs choose to recruit heavily on one side of the ball, and alternate between emphasizing offensive and defensive prospects each recruiting cycle. Several schools are using the 2014 recruiting cycle to load up on the defensive side of the ball.
An SEC school with a potent offensive attack is stacking up on defensive recruits. A Big Ten program known for its toughness is re-building its defense and several mid-major programs are also stressing defense.