[quote=“Craftsy21, post:18, topic:85”]Recruiting class for that year, followed by AP ranking at season’s end.
2002 - 19th in Recruiting Class, finished 16th in polls
2003 - NR Class, NR in polls
2004 - 14th Class, NR in polls
2005 - 25th class, 3rd in polls
2006 - 6th Class, 24th in polls
2007 - 24th Class, NR in AP (25th in coaches)
2008 - NR class, 8th in Polls
2009 - 24th Class, not looking great
In 2005 you can see we reaped the rewards from that 2002 class I guess… although 2006 doesn’t really match up with that, since those kids would be seniors then for the most part and you’d also get the sophomores from that 14th ranked class in 2004.
I don’t know - I’d say if we end up not ranked again this year, that’s pretty sad. Having top 25 recruiting classes or better nearly every year seems like it ought to pay off a bit more for us. Then again, it seems most of us (including those rushing to Joe’s defense in here) are okay with just being a slightly above average program and so maybe these numbers looked great to them.
But in typical lar fashion - he likes to pull out the one piece of a post he can quickly try to refute with a copy/paste while ignoring the heart of the matter… which is that we are headed further away from the glory days than we are headed back towards them under Joe. And the longer he sticks around, the longer and more difficult it will be to ever get back to being one of the elite programs in the country.
Really though - somebody explain to me why we haven’t developed an NFL quarterback since Kerry Collins? Why it’s been 15 years since we put a meaningful specialist player in the league… seriously, it’s almost all linebackers and defensive linemen. A few good d-backs now and again, and some offensive linemen. No qb’s, no rb’s, a small handful of WR’s but mostly those are all older guys…
There’s something wrong with the offensive coaches…can any of you explain what it is?[/quote]
What’s Larry Johnson? Chopped liver?
Kenny Watson was an NFL running back for eight years. Omar Easy - four years. Michael Robinson is in his fourth year. Are or were they stars? No. But they all exceeded the average life of an NFL running back so that’s saying something.
“A small handful of wide receivers - mostly older guys”? All three receivers from last year are collecting NFL paychecks.
Besides, who cares what they do in the pros? What matters is how they produce at PSU, not the NFL.
And talk about switching gears? One minute your saying that our recruiting indicates we should be playing for the national championship regularly, then all of a sudden when I post data that shows are recruiting isn’t anywhere near that, you make a comment like
“Having top 25 recruiting classes or better nearly every year seems like it ought to pay off a bit more for us.”
Let’s see, over the last nine years we have had all of three classes that were ranked better than 24th. In that time frame we finished better than 24th in the rankings the SAME number of times (and we probably will this year even if you think we aren’t “looking great”). Seems like to me that we are right on, if not ahead of, schedule.
We also have one of the top two recruiting classes in the country, yet you are screaming “the sky is falling”. What seems to be the problem?