I think it is a bit too early to vote up or down on our development coaching, we have had some positive examples, but recent turnover in coaches as well... we started off as an awful team last year, ended up a pretty good team...break it down in halves and we were 2-4 against a relatively soft schedule & then 4-2 against a relatively hard schedule...the coaches did something right during the year.We have a lot of mid to lower 3*s, but few elite players in this class. If we had great developmental coaches for them, they may be ok, but we’re exceedingly weak at DL, LB, DB and OL coaching. We have about DII level coaching there.
You need elite DL(6), RB (2), QB (2), WR (3), MLB (2) and CB (3) talent to make this team work, and great OL coaching or talent to make this team successful. Those players need to be high 3* or 4* quality to contend. You don’t need 70 like tOSU or Clemson. Except for one prep and last year’s transfers, we’re just not recruiting at tha level. Without the transfer 4*s and 5*s we brought in last year, does anyone doubt that recruited prep talent was better than 2 or 3 wins?
I don't see it as a negative that we went out and recruited a bunch of transfers (using their HS ranking is also bit deceiving as well). We had some inherited gaps from the mess that we were and were slow to get recruiting rolling in some key areas like QB where we started in a hole. We brought in some high level talent last year & with the whole Lovie hot seat debate for the first half of the season I expected this to be a difficult year to recruit. With the relatively small class this year, as much as we can't afford to give up on any class, I just don't see this as a game breaker, maybe a missed opportunity to land some higher percentage game changers of upper end talent... but long term developing what is already on the roster for 2021 & the larger 2021 recruiting class matters much more.