Recruiting was not archers issue. He actually reeled in what talent was available which included several highly recruited kids.......quite a few didn't pan out though.
Mike is/was an excellent assistant coach but over his head at the head job. Joe dean was LSU's demise......
Archer was 33 when he got the LSU job. To put that in perspective, as has been pointed out here before... he is roughly the same age as Les Miles, who did not get the LSU job for another 18 years.
To be fair though, Lane Kiffin is not much older than that now, and Mike Tomlin was around that age when he got the Steelers job.