I agree... that's why I made these EXACT same points in my OP. However, I'm just somewhat shocked that with the PROVEN pipeline to the NFL and recent shortage of DL depth since last year that we have not seen more MAJOR recruits at those positions. The classes were overall high quality, I'm just wondering why we can't sell our DL situation to the ELITE prospects.
I see what OP is saying... we should be one of X number schools that pull in some of the [highest rated] [best] DEs almost every year. We do seem to come in second place way too often for many of the "highest rated" one's.
Some things to consider:
- by 247 rankings there were only 4 5* DEs in 2014
- by 247 rankings there are 6 5* DEs in 2015
- we only have a realistic shat at 1 2015 (Beckner Jr), & it's long
- It's possible what Chavis/Brick value most isn't high on recruiting sites evaluations
Combine the number of 5* out there with possible depth chart issues because LSU is recruiting pretty good, the law of averages are against us for 5*'s.
For us to get both Mingo and Montgomery it took both to be sitting on a couch together in a bar to decide they should play with one another, at LSU. That type stuff rarely happens. And it was by chance they took their visit at the same time.
I'm happy with the DE recruiting even with high profile losses such as L. Carter and G. Willis.
One point on the overall DL recruiting:
Wouldn't last year have been the highest combined stars on the line? And it was one of the least productive in a while. Factor that in with my last bullet point Chavis/Brick are very particular, the 5* that's best for UTx or AU may not have the best skill set (overall) for LSU and it's style of D.