Originally Posted by kev8822
One of the Wisconsin boards seemed to think Chryst has a great coach but a poor recruiter. Any truth?
Honestly, I have no idea how good he could be at recruiting, but I don't see how anyone could know from just 1 year at Pitt. He did get Russell Wilson to come around.
I don't think he would be that much different from Bielema in terms of the quality of recruits. Its not like Bielema was getting amazing recruiting classes at UW. Wisconsin's thing is more to develop guys over time and play blue collar football. There has also been a lot of success with walk-ons such as JJ Watt and Abbredaris (WR). I don't think UW will ever be a big draw for the more elite prospects. Bielema did seem to have a good Florida connection, but I wouldn't call it amazing.
That is part of the reason I don't think BB leaving Wisc will affect the caliber of the program too much (although perhaps some recruits from the upcoming recruiting classes will move elsewhere). I think many coaches could maintain a similar level of recruiting (roughly 30th in a good year) while game management should improve.
EDIT: Was really excited to hear the news that Alvarez will coach in the Rose Bowl.