The favorable matchup caveat notwithstanding, that was an excellent win. The spectrum of Tom Herman coaching performances has a Mo Bamba wingspan but that was up there with his best efforts. The interesting thing with Herman is the bowl prep is counter to the team’s week in, week out intensity during the season-long grind. I wonder if there’s anything to learn from that, anything at all.
Recruiting success/fail rate is directly tied to the head man's job security and program profile. A staff of good recruiters can mitigate the damage caused by negative perception, and program branding will always help a blue blood, but there's no staff that will fully overcome it. Recruiting "witches" are normally fan fiction, anyway. Program trajectory is what matters above all else.