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I’m sure reality is somewhere in between your point of view and others in this thread. We tend to choose extremes to make our points.BTW, ZERO 4 Star recruits in any of those years. Coaching (our staff) is what made that team good. They changed the culture and developed the players. Our 'cupboard' is nowhere near as bare as UCF's was when Scott came in...
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I have just two comments to add to your post. First, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Frost and crew clearly had decent talent to mold over a two year period. Second, the star ratings include a great deal of subjectivity. A talented recruit going to a mediocre (or worse) program ends up a two or three star guy. That very same recruit who goes to a top ten team is a 3-4-5 star guy. He simply attracts more attention and the ratings reflect them.