Grading the 2010 Kansas Jayhawks Football Recruiting Class

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Grading the 2010 Kansas Jayhawks Football Recruiting Class

Turner Gill and his new coaching staff at Kansas have been scrambling like mad in the last few weeks to build a solid recruiting class for the Jayhawks.

Gill and the Jayhawks have been operating with a full staff for only about three weeks. This fact has seriously handicapped their ability to develop relationships with players and has made securing a quality class an uphill battle.

This may make it seem unfair to "grade" Gill's efforts this recruiting season, but I say it's fair game because this is exactly what he makes the big bucks—two million a year—to do.

Added to this is the fact that after the controversial firing of Mark Mangino, Gill was brought to KU to win and recruit better than his predecessor. Gill was advertised and sold to the KU fanbase in this way, so naturally, they will be looking for results in this class and next fall.

Interestingly enough, three of Rival's top 10 recruiting classes this year were put together by first-year head coaches, a couple of whom had even less time than Gill to recruit before signing day.

In the following slideshow I am going to take a gander at "grading" this year's recruiting class on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and then lastly as a whole group.

A word about how I have approached assigning a grade to this year's class. Grading, like any assessment of value, can have meaning if it is done in context of something else. Basically, you need something to measure it against.

As I consider the successes and disappointments of Gill's first recruiting class, I have in mind other national programs, but more specifically the recruiting classes of other teams in the Big 12, especially the Big 12 North Division.

I know grading on a curve is largely unpopular in the classroom and life, but really folks, that is the way life works. Right?

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