Idk I couldn’t disagree more that “winning is everything” in recruiting. There are plennnnnty of examples of teams with bad seasons and they still nabbed top classes. Hell FSU is shaping up that way this year, LSU had a top 5 class last year even though they were falling apart at the seams and this year they’re #2 so far. TAMU has been in the top 10 solidly since Jimbo got there, 2x in the top 6, and TAMU hasn’t come close to beating Bama. Oregon is consistently at the top without much to show for it under Cristobal. Ron Zook was hauling in extremely talented classes and fired in 3 years because we didn’t win. Muschamp similar (though his class balance was not great). Best recruiting class ever until Bama last year actually. One season where we were good and it was miserable to watch on offense. Sure a lot of teams that are winning have top classes but is it the chicken or the egg? I think in general recruiting is a personality game and if your staff doesn’t have it, good luck. You can punch well above your weight and no one will care. We just went to the SECCG and 3 straight NY6 bowl games. What exactly have we gotten from that? Ultimately personalities and connections matter more than on the field product, especially for new staffs at top programs historically.