Edsall wasout of a job eight months later, and missing on big-time recruits was part of the reason. But his indifference to the players he didnt secure – genuine or not – is an easy mindset to get into for anybody with a stake in a college football program. If you miss on a player, who cares? We want kids who want to be here.
In reality, teams all over the country have big holes to fill. When they miss chances to fill them with the best talent, it often comes back to bite them. Here are some cautionary tales, collected from our friends at thecollege blogs around the SB Nation network. And check out our alternate histories forAlabama signing Tim Tebow andTexas signing Robert Griffin III.
Ole Miss loses four-star LB Leo Lewis to Mississippi State in 2015
Even though he didnt play much for Mississippi State this year, I do think Leo Lewis could have contributed to Ole Miss thin linebacker corps right away. He was a guy that both schools were really after and it came down to a Signing Day decision. Pretty sure he was a highly rated four-star guy, so Id say he counts as a blue-chip type of prospect that Ole Miss missed out on and could have used right away. – Red Cup Rebellion
Iowa blue-chip OL commit Ross Pierschbacher flips to Alabama in 2014
The biggest miss was probably Pierschbacher, a blue-chip in-state recruit who was verbally committed to Iowa for a while before ultimately flipping to Alabama a month or two before Signing Day. He started for the Tide as a redshirt freshman, so theres little doubt that he would have started for Iowa this year. Iowas offensive line was solid — especially at the guard spots where Piersbacher played for Bama — but the Hawkeyes would have made room for Piersbacher and his talent would have enhanced the entire offensive line. He may have wound up at tackle for Iowa this year, which was an area of need as Iowa suffered several injuries there over the course of the season. -RossWB,Black Heart Gold Pants
Kansas State loses three-star QB commit Aaron Sharp to UCLA in 2014
A lot was made of K-State starting walk-on Joe Hubener all season, but most people took things at face value and assumed he was the second-string QB, or maybe third-string.