Obviously this is not a scientific formula I’ve developed to grade past recruiting classes, so you can take it for what it’s worth. But it does give a look back at how things panned out for MSU.
In 2009 and 2012, things pretty much went according to how you thought as per my re-grading system. In 2010 and 2011 they turned out slightly better than the experts said they would.
That pretty much lines up with how MSU has performed on the field. Mullen has been a consistent 7-8 game winner each year, which you might match up to the rankings of the ’09 and ’12 classes. In 2010 and 2011 the classes weren’t ranked as high but the winning never dropped off.
The good news for State fans is that the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes were ranked 25th, 35th and 18th respectively. So there hasn’t been any drop off, and you could argue during those years recruiting has gotten better, however, the 2016 class may bring it down to the same level as this 2009-2012 range. At any rate, Mullen has shown he can win with these types of classes and has elevated that winning to 19 games in the last two years.