Five recruiting underachievers
Michigan, Notre Dame, FSU among the teams that fail to play up to their talent level
As we wrote on Tuesday, the foundation for a college football program's success is recruiting. That isn't to say that some five-star prospects don't fail to meet expectations once they make it to college or that some lower-rated recruits don't develop into stars, but there is still a strong correlation between on-field success and success on the recruiting trail.
We first evaluated five programs that have overachieved on the field the past five seasons compared with their weighted recruiting rankings, and now we are going to do the opposite by looking at five programs that have failed to perform up to their talent level in the past five seasons.
Here are the top five recruiting underachievers:
Wolverines fans would love to forget about the Rich Rodriguez era altogether, and new coach Brady Hoke appears to have the reclamation project heading in the right direction. The first year on the field was strong, and Hoke has a top-10 class in the making, according to ESPN. But that's nothing new for Michigan, which has boasted one of the most consistently strong recruiting profiles for years (top-15 classes in ESPN's rankings 2007-2010).
To read more about Michigan and the other four teams that have failed to play up to their talent in recent seasons, sign up for Insider today.
Brian FremeauESPN Insider
• Creator of the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI), a measure of college football team efficiency
• Contributor to Football Outsiders and his own site, bcftoys.com
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Manziel A&M jersey expected to fetch $100K
- Fitzgerald: Union push 'unified' Northwestern
- Giving back: Beadles donates $750K to Utes
- Former Cal AD Barbour hired by Penn State
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
Insider CFB content
- adidas Men's Michigan Wolverines White Sideline Visor