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The swing from that class being discussed as one of the best ever to having just 11 commits, the vast majority of which enrolled early, is pretty staggering.
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I posted a number of lengthy threads some time ago discussing how Kiffin's handling of the numbers was going to end up getting him in trouble. This class is a good example.
Kiffin has done two things that are bad. First, he's taken a number of JUCO players, and he has signed a big class whenever at all possible. The JUCO guys were to fill gaps for a title run this year. As I noted then, there would only be a payoff if they won big. Otherwise, they wasted the opportunity to sign a four year player when they still had momentum.
The other problem is that his classes have been uneven. Take this year as an example. I'm sure Kiffin's thought is that he can just use the open slots as "back counters" next year. This has three huge disadvantages.
1) you replace the 12th best interested prospect one year with something like the 25th best interested prospect the next. This, on average, will hurt the talent pool.
2) back-counters only carry over from one year to the next, so it isn't like he can just wait and use it whenever a good player crops up. To actually sign 15 annually, he either must sign a filler kid this year, or wait until next year and hope he can find a better kid to take the slot. But after next year, it won't roll over, and the scholarship is lost. So, relying on back counters only works if you assume he can definitely make it up the following year, which he tried to do this year for last year and failed.
3) his signing classes are going to mature and graduate in big spurts. Instead of having a continually talented team, he'll alternate between years with normal levels of seniors and years with amazingly few seniors. This means that 7-6 or worse seasons are more likely to occur, and like this year, the bad years do more to hurt recruiting than the good years do to help it.
Do you realize that Kiffy / USC has LOST more 5 stars than ANY TEAM has committed right now !!!
Now that's funny...don't care who you are..well maybe except USC fans
Could not happen to a bigger Douchebag. Maybe he will walk out of his presser tomorrow. Singing Rocky Top all night long...........
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