College Football Programs Struggling to Recapture Past Recruiting Success
College football programs all go through peaks and valleys. However, the best programs make sure that when they reach a valley, it's not for long.
Unfortunately, that's easier said than done, especially when it comes to recruiting. Right now, several schools appear to be in a valley when it comes to bringing in great classes. Having past success on the trail helps, but some programs continue to struggle.
The Pac-12 dominates this list, but the Big 12 also has a representative.
Although Steve Sarkisian is now at USC, he still wasn't exactly setting the recruiting trail on fire at U-Dub this year. The former head coach was struggling to sustain his past recruiting success, and now the Huskies have one of the worst classes in the country.
New head coach Chris Petersen wasn't known as a dominant recruiter at Boise State, so the recruiting struggle may continue a bit longer in Seattle.
While California has never been a consistent juggernaut on the national recruiting trail, the Bears have been one of the better recruiting programs in their region through the years.
Remember, this program has won past recruiting battles for players such as Kyle Boller, DeSean Jackson, Shane Vereen, Viliami Moala and Bryce Treggs. Plus, Cal had a talented class in 2012 that fell apart close to signing day.
It has had a tough time recapturing that magic this year. Perhaps the most revealing sign is 5-star running back Joe Mixon—and local recruiting priority—not naming the Bears as a finalist, per Brandon Huffman of Scout.com.
UCLA is another Pac-12 program struggling to recapture its past recruiting success. For this list, the focus will solely be on head coach Jim Mora's tenure in Westwood.
Things haven't been so great this year, as the Bruins only have 13 commitments and are ranked 40th in the 247Sports recruiting class rankings.
Oklahoma is one of the top programs in the nation. It has good tradition, plus the Sooners win a ton of games. Head coach Bob Stoops has also done excellent in recruiting.
While OU doesn't have a bad class this year, it's still not the typical group the Sooners usually bring to Norman. Finishing among the elite in the final recruiting rankings has suddenly become a challenge for Stoops, as his program was once a national recruiting juggernaut.
While USC is ranked 30th in the 247Sports 2014 recruiting rankings, the Trojans have had to use a recent surge just to get to that spot.
They simply do not have the same recruiting magic and sexiness that they had during former head coach Pete Carroll's tenure. That's not a knock on the current class, but Carroll brought in some legendary recruiting groups, which became the standard in Troy.
USC is used to being in the running for the No. 1 class in the country every year. This year, it appears the Trojans will be fortunate to finish in the top 25.