An Excerpt From Cougar Sports Weekly
The popular opinion among fans is that Leach is killing it in living rooms, luring talent to WSU that wouldn’t otherwise consider the Cougars if Leach wasn’t leading the charge. It’s time to pump the brakes just a little bit on that idea. Here are two classes side by side. One is this 2013 class recruited by Mike Leach; the other is a WSU class from the recent past (star ratings via Scout.com, because I feel like they evaluate the west coast — all the way up to Washington — better than the other services):
Mike Leach, 2013 Paul Wulff, 2011 Verbal Commits
as of June 26
10 10 4* 1 1 3* 1 4 2* 7 5 NR 1 0
I’ve pointed this out to a few people on Twitter, and each of them has been surprised. That 2011 class started incredibly strong, with four-star linebacker Chester Su’a and three-star defensive end Logan Mayes among the early commits. Having 10 commitments right now isn’t revoluationary, and beyond that, at least one objective measure would suggest that this current class pales in comparison to 2011. …
Look: There are some guys in this class I’m really excited about. And I realize trying to convince people to be rational over recruiting probably is a fool’s errand, anyway, because … well, irrationality is pretty much inherent in any endeavor where people are hanging on the whims of teenagers. But I feel like it’s my duty to say, hey, we’ve been down this road before. Our coach is awesome, but to say he’s lapping his predecessors just isn’t accurate.