And guess what, so has Mike Leach.
His Texas Tech classes were never stuffed to the gills with four-star prospects. Leach instead built the core of his teams with guys like WR Michael Crabtree (2 stars), OL Louis Vasquez (3 stars) and DE Keyunta Dawson (2 stars) and developed them into CFB stars.
But what if you could have the best of both worlds? What if, in addition to that unheralded gem others miss on who develops into something special at Washington State, you added a couple fistfuls of highly regarded prospects other Pac-12 teams wanted but lost out on to Leach? You might really have something there.
Leach has already won a good number of Pac-12 recruiting battles in his short time out on the Palouse. And in the 2015 class, there are a lot of stars next to the names of NT Thomas Toki, CB Austin Joyner and S Kameron Powell on the WSU commit list. Consider that at as of today:
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It's clear Leach doesn't give a rip about what other schools have offered a kid – that's been evident from Day 1 in looking at the offers he's extended to prospects, many of whom were off the radar upon receiving a WSU ride. But in terms of buzz, and the kind of buzz that can affect recruits and also build upon itself, WSU and Leach are nonetheless making some early hay in the 2015 recruiting wars.
2002 - Jesse Taylor, Carl Bonnell, Cody Boyd, Jermaine Green, Sammy Moore, Jonathan Smith, Kevin Sperry.
2003 – Patrick Afif, Keola Loo, Chris Bruhn, (note: All JC commits.)
2004 – Michael Bumpus, Randy Estes, Tyron Brackenridge, Jerome Harrison.
2005 – Arkelon Hall, Fevaea'i Ahmu, Bryan Tarkington.
2006 – Andy Mattingly, Charles Dillon.
2007 – Terry Mixon (5 stars).
2008 – Bernard Wolfgramm.
2009 – Gino Simone, Brandon Rankin.
2010 – Aaron Dunn, C.J. Mizell.
2011 – Chester Sua.
2012 – Gabe Marks.
2013 – Tyler Bruggman.