Recruiting 2014 - Who's Not?

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Posted Feb 4, 2014

Recruiting 2014 - Who's Not? Big 12, Rutgers, Georgia Tech - Who's struggling this recruiting season?

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Big 12
Yeah, Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State have had their share of wins, but the conference as a whole hasn't stacked up well when pursuing the cream of the crop. Sooner RB Joe Mixon, in fact, is the only top 35 player who has firmly committed to attending a Big 12 program.

Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson needs a little momentum. He's not getting it from the 2014 recruiting class. The Yellow Jackets are lacking much flash, the kind that helps to narrow the divide on the upper echelon of schools in the ACC. So far, the program has been shut out from signing any of the state's top 30 or so prep stars.

The Cardinals have had a tough time maintaining the integrity of this class without the presence of former head coach Charlie Strong. Strong's successor Bobby Petrino is going to need at least a year in order to reestablish some of the old ties he had in his first stint at Louisville.

The Tigers haven't quite capitalized as much as expected on their 2013 SEC East Division title. While Gary Pinkel has expanded his reach into southern states, such as Georgia and Florida, the class has more quantity than blue-chip quality. It's a good thing Mizzou excels at coaching up and two and three-star athletes.

A full dozen high school stars have backed out of their commitment to Rutgers, adding to head coach Kyle Flood's woes this past year. The level of attrition has been remarkable, particularly for a school that isn't facing NCAA sanctions or a coaching change, and is entering the far more prestigious Big Ten conference.

The Frogs' fast start on the recruiting trail last year has since been replaced by a sinking feeling that this is not going to end well. TCU has had a hard time making much of a splash as it has largely feasted, with a few exceptions, on two and three-star players.

The ‘Dores are missing James Franklin long before the next game is played. The departure of the coach to Penn State has been a double-whammy for Vanderbilt, which has seen a slew of one-time commits change their minds and go elsewhere. Derek Mason's first class in Nashville is going to be one of the smallest ones in the country.

A recent surge from new head coach Chris Petersen and the Huskies hasn't been able to elevate the program into the top half of the Pac-12. QB K.J. Carta-Samuels and CB Naijiel Hale are gems for both sides of the ball, but U-Dub has fallen behind some of the league's better programs during this latest cycle.