A GREAT post by Rivals.com on the college programs which have over and under-achieved in the last few years relative to their recruiting class. And, there is good news for Pitt in it. Wisconsin - which Pitt has raided recently in the coaching ranks - was considered a major over-achiever.
"By developing players like Blackmon from three stars to stardom while perfecting the ability to recruit players that fit their systems, teams such as Oklahoma State, Oregon, Wisconsin and Cincinnati have become college football's overachievers. They might not show up in the top 10 on national signing day, but they show up in the national polls at the season's end."
"Wisconsin's recruiting classes from 2006-10 were ranked no higher than 34th nationally. Yet, the Badgers have posted 48 victories over the past five seasons and have appeared in the Rose Bowl twice."
In the world of college football, more important than how well a coach can recruit is how well they can develop those players, and Wisconsin has had a good of a record as any in the last few years at doing this. Pitt knows this all too well from the Wannstedt era. A great recruiter, but he could never develop the talent once it came to Pitt.
For your information, here is the link to the over-achievers:
and the under-achievers:
Get excited about the Chryst era, Pitt fans!