- Gerry Hamilton, RecruitingNation
Recruiting rankings only get you so far. If you don't back them up with wins on the field, the window for attracting more recruits will close quickly. With that in mind, here are 10 programs that need to have good seasons on the field to sustain recruiting momentum or take the next step on the trail.
1. Ole Miss Rebels
Class rankings: Not ranked in 2012; No. 5 in 2013; No. 17 in 2014; currently No. 34 in 2015
Hugh Freeze is a victim of setting the recruiting bar extremely high in his Ole Miss tenure. Following the star-studded class of 2013, big things were expected of the Rebels -- unrealistic expectations in many ways. Playing in the SEC West is a formidable task -- having to face Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M each season makes moving up more difficult. The Rebels are ranked in the top 25, but are also fighting increased momentum from Auburn and Tennessee, which are doing well in key recruiting areas. Improving his record in SEC play and becoming a serious contender in the league will be the difference between Freeze consistently recruiting at a high level or taking a step backward.
These programs need to win this season in order to maintain their recruiting momentum.