Watching the SU football since Marrone has got here has left me with one nagging question: will he ever be able to recruit better players consistently? It's become painfully obvious (at least to me) that the talent level on this team is far below what's needed to be a consistently competitive team, even in a weak Big East. When I look at what Coach Strong and his staff has been able to do in that area in his first 2 yrs., I'm wondering why Marrone hasn't even come close to bringing in these kind of players... yet. I think Marrone has done a masterful job with what he has, but I 'm starting to question his ability to do better in recruiting.
So, why are some coaches so successful at recruiting, while others just can't seem to get the blue-chip players? When I look at the BB and lax programs, it's easy to see that Boeheim and Desko are consistently able to get the top players, so it can't be the fault of the location or facilities. Does it take long term success and national attention to start this kind of trend? Will Marrone eventually be able to get the high-profile players once he's had some success on the field? I remember when Coach Mac took over, it took him 5 yrs to start bringing in better talent... he had to win first with what he had. Can we expect Marrone to follow the same formula?
I'm really hoping that he can eventually make more impact in this area and I'm willing to give him at least 2 more years to get this turned around, although it seems that next years recruiting class doesn't hold many "difference makers". Does anyone have any reason for me to feel more optimistic about our chances of improving in the realm of high-level recruiting??