Originally Posted by TexansSeminole
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.
Other than Nick Saban, name a coach who consistently brings in top 3 recruiting classes and develops his players?
The guys who can develop talent often don't get the highest ranked classes because they get players who may not be as highly ranked by the "recruiting gurus" who set the rankings. Mack Brown is notorious for bringing in highly ranked classes and then riding their talent without developing them further.
So my point is, just because a team gets a highly ranked class doesn't mean they will win. And just because a team only is top 10 rather than top 5 doesn't mean that when it all shakes out, that that recruiting class isn't better than the ones ranked above them.
Recruiting classes are suspect anyways because they are subjective and based on potential not results, much like the NFL draft.