It’s time to revive a debate about what really matters when it comes landing recruits.
Some pundits always try to convince us that it is vital to have the support staff types recruiting. Even Mike Bohn constantly talks about it.
But let’s look at the past six weeks:
Tailback Raleek Brown, quarterback Malachi Nelson and wide receiver Makai Lemon switched from Oklahoma to USC. Wide receiver C.J. Williams switched from Notre Dame to USC. Domani Jackson was committed to USC, decommitted and then committed again to USC.
Why did they come to USC? Lincoln Riley.
So how important is the support staff? These recruits weren’t coming based on the support before Riley came to USC. They didn’t commit in the past six weeks because of the support staff.
They committed because they think Riley is going to make USC a marquee program again . . . and they want to play close to home.
So spare me the idea that if it wasn’t for the support staff, USC wouldn’t be able to compete. There are countless examples where pundits try to credit support staff for recruits coming to a school. But I’ll save the credit for Riley.