Can we just drop the pretense that all of a sudden we are getting great 3* recruits who have fantastically better offers than those young men whom Paul Chryst, Todd Graham and Dave Wannstedt recruited? It isn’t true. Yes, some of those past 3* kids had more minor offers but we have seen that in the last two years also.
That said, I do like these recruits Narduzzi is bringing in – I just don’t think a roster with a large majority of these 3* players are going to make a huge difference in the future (regardless of where their offers come from)… But we’ll how that comes out later as the games are played, right?
Here are some recruits listings I went through from Rivals.com which showed the Power 5 schools (and BE schools in the earlier years) from the players’ offer sheets. These individually listed recruits are from 2012 and 2013… with the 2014 Chryst recruits at the end of the article. I got tired of cutting and pasting by then.
Remember, the below names are only the 2* and 3* recruits who had these ‘Power Five school offers. if there were less than two of those offers I didn’t list them (but almost every player had one or two besides Pitt).
It isn’t any coincidence that Wannstedt started winning more games when his recruiting in 2006 and onward started being populated by more 4* and 5* players… even in the lesser quality BE conference.