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AN UP-AND-DOWN DAY
GENE MENEZ
February 13, 2012
What happens when a new coach comes in? Or a top assistant leaves? It doesn't take much for a recruiting class to enter—or fall from—the top 10
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February 13, 2012

An Up-and-down Day

What happens when a new coach comes in? Or a top assistant leaves? It doesn't take much for a recruiting class to enter—or fall from—the top 10

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LES MILES

Not only did the LSU coach finish outside the top 10 for the first time since 2008 (the class was ranked 17th), but also Gunner Kiel, the five-star QB from Columbus, Ind., reneged on a commitment and chose Notre Dame. Speaking at a gathering of LSU fans last week, Miles (above) said that Kiel "did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know."

BRIAN KELLY

The Irish coach took a Miles-like tone with Deontay Greenberry, the four-star receiver from Fresno, Calif., who had been committed to the Irish for almost a year before signing with Houston. On a school-run website, Kelly (above) said of Greenberry, "I used to have a saying about players like that, and that was, I'd rather play against him for four games than with him for four years."

CAL

When the Bears lost ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi to Washington, their class would not be the same. Five-star safety Shaq Thompson (above), who had committed to Cal, followed Lupoi to Seattle, and two other Californians being recruited by Lupoi for the Bears—DT Ellis McCarthy and WR Jordan Payton—landed at UCLA. What could have been a top 10 group turned out to be 23rd.

PENN STATE

The class came in at an uncharacteristic 50th, with just two four-star recruits in a 19-player group. The haul was doubtless affected by the Jerry Sandusky scandal (about six players decided to go elsewhere after the news broke) as well as by new coach Bill O'Brien (above), who couldn't devote his full attention to recruiting while he was serving as offensive coordinator for the Patriots.

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