It’s February and we’re well past due on a good Mike Leach rant.
Never fear, SEC fans. The peculiar Washington State coach came through to scratch that itch the day after National Signing Day.
During an interview with ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM on Thursday, Leach unveiled another conspiracy theory of his: The media are manipulating the recruiting rankings.
“I don’t look at the stars,” Leach said during a discussion of the latest signing class. “Well, part of it is they’re manipulated by the media anyway. Ya know?
“I mean if a program from a big media base or a big following recruits a guy, then all of a sudden they get voted to have a bunch of stars.”
That’s the same complaint many fans of programs in the SEC have expressed about recruits who sometimes leave them for Alabama or Florida and then see a subsequent bump in their value by recruiting services. You wouldn’t expect to hear that from a coach the day after National Signing Day, but then again Leach is anything but your typical coach.
Leach didn’t identify specific recruits or recruiting services when making this claim, but he did cite an example from his time at Texas Tech that involved a recruiting flipping to the Red Raiders from a previous commit to Texas A&M. He claims the recruiting ranking tanked when the kid decided to go to Lubbock instead of College Station.
“I’ve recruited people before who started out as a 4-star and ended up as a 2.5-star or something,” Leach said. “I had a guy flip from A&M one time to us and lost anywhere from one-to-two stars depending on what thing you looked at. Just because he flipped to Texas Tech. How about that?”
For the record, Leach’s 2018 recruiting class at Washington State checks in at No. 45 in the nation and No. 9 in the Pac-12, according to the 247 Sports composite. His 26-player class is comprised of two 4-star recruits to go along with 24 3-star prospects.
You can listen to Leach’s theory here:
— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) February 8, 2018