Originally Posted by Stemp
It's not the only factor in success, and not the most important factor. There are tons of examples of highly rated guys who are busts and many examples of guys who weren't highly ranked and became great and superstar players.
A good coach that can spot and develop talent is more valuable than a coach who can convince a highly ranked recruit to come and then let's that player's talent atrophy in their system.
That's why the top 3 classes are better than the #10 class. You get tons of top recruits and you don't lean heavily on one player. You end up with 2 or 3 top players at each position and they battle it out for the position. A great coach that can develop top talent is better than a great coach that can develop good talent.
The coaching and talent development would be the same in both situations, I'm not sure I understand what you are arguing.