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5 Powerhouse Programs off to a Slow Start on 2015 Recruiting Trail

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 19, 2014

5 Powerhouse Programs off to a Slow Start on 2015 Recruiting Trail

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    Although recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint, it's always great to get off to a good start. Jumping out of the gate with several quality commitments is never frowned upon.

    However, several powerhouse programs appear to be off to slow starts. Usually among the nation's best recruiting schools, these programs are currently lacking their mojo.

    A school in the Big Ten signed one of the nation's best classes in 2014, but it is not on the same type of pace this year. A powerhouse Big 12 program is on this list, while a pair of Pac-12 schools are also off to slow starts on the recruiting trail.

     

Oklahoma

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    Total commitments: Four

    The Oklahoma Sooners having just four commitments with June right around the corner is not like them. Head coach Bob Stoops knows how to lure talent to Norman, but he's having a tough time with the 2015 class right now.

    Stoops only has two 4-star prospects in his class, and he's lost commitments from players such as 4-star guard Josh Wariboko and 3-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin this spring. Oklahoma is ranked No. 47 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.

Virginia

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    Total commitments: Three

    Not only does Virginia boast just three pledges, only two of them are 3-star prospects. That is a bit of a shock considering the Cavaliers finished a respectable 32nd in the 2014 247Sports recruiting rankings

    The No. 68 slot is where head coach Mike London's class is ranked now by 247Sports. He and his staff need to get going on the recruiting trail, as they may be running out of time in Charlottesville. 

Washington

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    Total commitments: Three

    Washington is considered the more prominent program over Washington State. However, the Huskies are ranked No. 50 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, while the Cougars are No. 37.

    That's not a good sign for head coach Chris Petersen, who has just three commitments at this point. While 4-star quarterback Jake Browning is a good one, Petersen needs to show more of a spark on the trail.

    U-Dub is on pace to sign one of most underwhelming classes in the Pac-12. 

Stanford

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    Total commitments: Three

    Stanford is doing even worse than Washington is in 2015 recruiting, as the folks in Palo Alto have the No. 51 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.

    The Cardinal finished at No. 13 in 2014 247Sports recruiting rankings, and head coach David Shaw has proven to be a great recruiter. Whatever the case may be, Stanford is off to a slow start and needs to pick it up.

    Shaw eventually will get going, but it would be best if it happens sooner than later.

Ohio State

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    Total commitments: Two

    It's almost shocking to see Ohio State ranked No. 60 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. The Buckeyes are one of the elite programs in college football, plus head coach Urban Meyer's 2014 class was ranked No. 3 in the country by 247Sports

    To Meyer's defense, both commitments are 4-star prospects. But Ohio State is used to being among the nation's top recruiting powerhouses every year.

    The Buckeyes will certainly come roaring back at some point in this recruiting cycle, but they're trying to shake a slow start right now.

    Per Mike Herndon of AL.com, Meyer said the following on Feb. 9:

    "There is a correlation between how teams do where your team is ranked, recruiting class is ranked."

     

    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 and Cleveland Browns.
    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

     

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