Having researched the last five years recruiting by each of this years BCS Bowl teams, I have come up with some interesting comparisons. We all know that having the right players goes a long way towards success. There are some surprises in the mix.
The information shows that just because you might get large numbers of five-star and four-star players, it doesn't always mean a BCS Bowl invitation. The order of the slides was determined by the last BCS poll that was released.
The recruiting information on each team was researched through Rivals.com and includes the years from 2005 to 2009 (five years). I have compiled each team recruiting results for five-star, four-star, three-star, two-star, one-star, and zero stars.
For the totals each team is awarded five points for a five-star, four points for a four-star etc., down to zero points for a zero star. The average of each team is determined by the total points (stars in this case) divided by the total number of commitments received from players.
At the end of the slide show are the rankings by school in recruiting as compiled from Rivals.com.
NOTE: Although USC and Notre Dame are not BCS Bowl teams, I have included them in this research to show that even when a team excels at recruiting, it's no guarantee that success will follow. Also, I included them both because they would both have been in the top five if they had received a BCS bowl bid.