I spoke to a recruit who signed with USC in December and asked him what the coaches told him during his recruitment.
“They told me I had a chance to play right away because the players at my spot weren’t that good,” the recruit said.
I asked the player if he was surprised USC coaches were critical of existing team members.
“A little bit,” the recruit said. “I thought it was good for me. Maybe not so good for the guys who start.”
One way to look at it is that the coaches are being honest with the recruits. The problem occurs if a recruit actually told his new teammates what the coaches said about them.