Bielema has recruited about as well as he did at Wisconsin from a pure stars standpoint, but there is a lot more talent in the South than there is in the frozen cheeseland. I know he's only been on the job for two months, but he probably could have done a better job with this class.
The big story today is and continues to be Ole Miss. They've racked up five star after five star including the top recruit in the country, Robert Nkemdiche, the top offensive tackle, Laremy Tunsil, and a five-star safety, Tony Conner. That's on top of already landing the nation's top wide receiver, LaQuon Treadwell. From program profile to recruiting noise, they've made the biggest splash. And yes, it's going to be very easy to say that there's something fishy going on there...
Alabama continues to be Alabama. They've picked up some big guys today like All-Name Team member, Dee Liner, who is a D-Lineman.They also picked up Reuben Foster, the kid with the Auburn tattoo.
Urban Meyer also continues to recruit well. After picking up the commitment of Dontre Wilson the other night, he has picked up the commitment of five-star safety, Vonn Bell. He did lose the commitment of a punter to Saban and the Crimson Tide though. The gap between Michigan and Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten in recruiting has to be alarming to the other ten schools.
You think Bielema should have done better? This program didn't have a head coach, or any coach really, for 10 months. We were giving out offers to anyone who would commit. Bielema has been here for 2 months. His coaching staff has been together for one month. He had to A)evaluate all commits B)Let go commits that didn't fit with his style or simply weren't deemed good enough C) evaluate for new offers and finally D) Recruit
He had 3 recruiting weekends. Three. The success rate of kids that visited Fayetteville was like 80%. He landed 2 studs out of south Florida in Collins and Kirkland. We have never signed blue chippers out of south FL. Never. Ever. He went into HI and got a stud guard in Khoeler. CO with monster tackle Dan Skipper who he beat out Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Tenn for. He was also able to flip NJ Damon Mitchell in the last week. Got solid Texas prospects in Dean and Evans the last 2 weeks.
The class went from ranked 62 to 26 in 2 weeks on rivals. (Most other sites are pretty comparable to that as well).
I have no fucking clue how one could expect more than that given the circumstances. Most people in the know are extremely impressed with what he was able to do in such a short period of time for a program that had like 9 legitimate commits before he got there.