The most successful recruiters are the ones with both a philosophy and a strategy.
They analyze their rosters, the competition and style of play in order to systematically build the most comprehensive team possible.
But as the old saying goes, even the best laid schemes often go awry, so flexibility and adaptability become equally imperative to long-term recruiting success.
That can be especially true during the college season, when a number of factors can change the course of a team’s plans.
Sometimes a team evolves in ways in which their coaches didn’t project, one player develops more than expected while another’s learning curve is less. And so that program needs to bring in a different position player than they once thought.
Most often, recruiting needs evolve according to turnover within the roster. Transfers are the most obvious example, but for many of the nation’s most prestigious programs, it’s the ramifications of the NBA draft that become especially hard to project.
With that in mind, here is a look at five programs whose recruiting needs now look much different than they did at the beginning of the season: