With National Signing Day effectively in the books, let's take a look at the recruiting classes that didn't measure up in 2015.
A word about our criteria: what might be a disappointing recruiting class by one school's standards would be a huge win for others, so we're looking at how teams did relative to their size, history and potential. Other factors (coaching changes, NCAA sanctions, etc.) are also taken into account.
Now, let's get down to business:
Pitt gets a bit of a pass thanks to their end-of-year coaching change, but coming in 13th out of 14 teams in a weak ACC still lands them on our list. Outside of CB Jordan Whitehead, this is a dangerously thin class, and the Panthers ended up getting crushed by Penn State in head-to-head competition. 18 Class of 2015 players from PA held offers from both Pitt and Penn State, then committed to one of them...and everyone but Whitehead went with PSU.
The Horned Frogs weren't able to turn their impressive season into a recruiting win - they signed just one 4-Star, and their class ended up ranked 7th out of 10 in the Big 12. While Gary Patterson is excellent at getting the most out of the players he has, this class was a huge missed opportunity for TCU.
4. Kansas State
Bill Snyder's team ended up #18 in the coaches poll, and the Wildcats had a very respectable 2014 season overall (all four losses came against teams ranked in the AP Top 15). Unfortunately, they couldn't translate that success to the recruiting trail, where they failed to land a single 4- or 5-Star player. K-State finished 8th in the Big 12 class rankings, and that doesn't bode well with both Texas and Texas Tech back on the rise.
3. Miami (Fl.)
Al Golden's team whiffed on the majority of their top targets, and a few more went elsewhere on signing day. The class they ended up with isn't terrible by any means, but it definitively fails to meet the high expectations at the U.
RichRod's Wildcats made it all the way to the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2014, but they were outshined by over half a dozen Pac-12 programs when it came to recruiting. With just one 4-Star or better committed, this class has to be considered a major disappointment.
1. Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets flew under the radar for much of the 2014 season, but they ended up with a close loss in the ACC title game, an Orange Bowl win, and a #8 AP ranking when everything was said and done. They couldn't capitalize on the recruiting trail, though, and their underwhelming 2015 recruiting class (27 players, all three-star recruits) is a serious letdown.
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