I get that the SEC West is a tougher neighborhood than Mike Leach has ever had to navigate, but I do wonder how much this will matter as a counter.
What would happen if Mike Leach got to coach a team full of really good college football players?
While the new Mississippi State head coach made the most noise this week over his tweet about Mitt Romney, and he didn’t have a whole lot to do with the new Bulldogs coming in, this is technically his best recruiting class in 19 years has a head coach.
Depending on what brand of recruiting rankings you believe in, this 2020 MSU class and the 2006 Texas Tech recruiting class – which didn’t turn out to be any big whoop – were both generally ranked around the mid-20s nationally. No other Leach class at Texas Tech or Wazzu was able to bust past the 30s, and most of them were around the mid-50s or worse.
Remember, Leach actually did very little recruiting in Starkville, and Moorhead imploded and lost his job before signing day. If MSU can garner a mid-twenties class without much from the head coach, that says a lot about the talent base Leach has access to now. How much difference will it make?