Several flaws with this. First of all, you don't know whether or not Dodd's loss caused Alabama to sign a recruit lower on its board until Signing Day. They could replace him with someone even more highly touted, at his position or another. (By contrast, since the 2012 class is closed, I can say authoritatively that Collins' loss actually caused LSU to sign Thompson, who was lower on our staff's own internal rankings.) Second of all, envisioning the recruiting targets as a pool of national recruits doesn't alleviate my concern in the least. To continue with the Collins example, even if I disregard state of residency, we nonetheless had to replace a better player (Collins) with a worse player (Thompson). That's bad for LSU. The ultimate result is the same. In fact, if I were truly to adopt a national perspective, I might be even more concerned about LSU's recent recruiting, since Alabama has consistently been ranked ahead of us in national rankings for a half a decade, and last season we finished outside the tope ten in consensus national rankings. Finally, your approach ignores the fundamental truth that in-state recruits are the historical cornerstone of LSU's success. They really aren't fungible because they have emotional and geographic ties to the school. Any credible coach at LSU will always prioritize signing the best players in the state. DiNardo started to do it, Saban did it, and Miles has continued to try to do it.
Your vocabulary belies your narrow minded point of view
So if Landon Collins had been committed to LSU early in the process, then decided to go to Bama, it wouldn't have been as big a loss? Because LSU might have been able to replace him with some other hypothetical 5-star recruit? Bama hasn't been able to replace Dodd with anyone better FWIW.
Second, if you want to rewrite history as far as Saban's time at LSU, by all means continue to live in your bubble. You state without reservation that "Dinardo started to do it, Saban did it
, and Miles has continued to try to do it
as though Miles has been less successful in recruiting La. in comparison to Saban. This is simply not true. Where were you in 2002 when LSU's class ranked between 15-20 nationally and LSU failed to sign Jonathan Wade, Akiem Jolla, Chase Pittman, Rufus Alexander, Sammy Joseph - all players that LSU wanted badly. Half the top 10 in La went OOS that year under the great Nick Saban.
It happens. Kids leave the state. The sooner you are able to come to terms with it, rather than blaming our coaches, smearing shite on our program, and measuring your dick with Alabama's, the better off you'll be. This type of revisionist bull shite where LSU used to sign everyone they wanted in La. under Saban, and should be signing every single player in La. without ever losing a battle is small-minded and naive.