Mags FTW wrote: trwi7 wrote:
Mags FTW wrote:I would like to think that it's not unrealistic for UW to pull in higher ranked recruiting classes when:
You need to recruit players that you're at least reasonably confident will be able to get into the school. There's no point in going after recruits that aren't going to make the grade. That's a huge issue with Wisconsin. Other schools will make exceptions, Wisconsin is pretty strict about who gets in. Doesn't matter if you're an athlete, if you don't have the grades and the test scores, you're not getting in.
Doesn't Duke have high academic standards?
They play a spread offense and reside in a football hotbed region.
Also, you can always pick 5-10 teams that will have one special year of recruiting or a used car salesman coach for a year or 2 to jump the Badgers.
The entire SEC, OSU, Michigan, PSU, maybe MSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Miami, Clemson, UCLA, USC, Oregon if Nike is right. Maybe a few ACC/B12 schools I'm forgetting.
Those 20-30 schools have easier sledding recruiting and will have better classes most years. Sprinkle in a lucky Utah, Texas Tech, or Missouri, or a Duke (just picking random teams) recruiting class...10 other teams will be ahead of the Badgers in a random year.
Beyond the 20-30 teams I listed, the Badgers will consistently out-recruit them over the long haul. There's always going to be fluctuations that randomly allow for Duke to be better.
Most importantly, ESPN's recruiting rankings consistently suck. 247 is better and has Badgers at 40 and Duke at 47.