The rankings can be misleading in that they are based on total points which obviously correlates with class size. A few of the programs ranked ahead of PSU definitely had more signees and thus a higher rank.
However while rankings are not definitive, there are tiers of success. A 1-5 class is stronger than a 10-15 class. Kind of like with the football team rankings during the season, you can quibble within the tiers, but the tiers themselves are pretty good indicators I would say. So, while PSU had a great class that I am thrilled with, objectively speaking tOSU and Michigan had better overall hauls. tOSU had a historically good class actually (highest average star ranking ever I think). They both had similar classes to ours, but each added a few more "5 stars" than us. Overall, I dont think we have lost any real ground however and have added a lot of high quality depth at major positions which will make us dangerous.
For 2018, I would like to see a similar class but while also picking off a few more national caliber recruits. We are off to a great staff with Parsons, Fields, Kuntz and Shorter. With success on the field, I think we can sneak into that elite territory.
Again, great job JF and. co