Does a great class ranking always translate to great teams over the next 3 to 4 years?
As we have seen in the past, ND had some very good recruiting classes that did not play very well. Coaching plays a big part in the developement of these young athletes. A bad coach can make a 5 star player play like a 2 star player and a good coach can develop a 2 star player to become a starter and a major contributor on the team.
Willinghams 2003 class was ranked #5 with some very good players. Then there was a 3 star TE on that team. His name John Carlson. If Coach Weis did not enter the picture, Carlson would be graduating right now without a look from the NFL. Another player Jeff Samardzija would have played baseball as his number one sport at ND. Weis developed this team from mediocrity to a team that has beaten every team that they should have.
Yes, we all know the debacles in the Sugar and Fiesta bowls. Yes, we all know that Michigan came in and destroyed this team, but one thing is certain, without Weis, we would have had two more seasons of 6-6 ball.
If recruiting is important, Coaching is critical.
We have "LOST" some recruits this year to other programs, but the guys coming in will have one advantage over the other schools. Coaching, coaching, coaching.