2016 was also considered a bad class. No one from McCarney's staff recruited, and Littrell had just weeks to assemble a class. We ranked 102 in the country and from my count, we didnt use all 25 scholarship spots. We had already been down in the total scholarship count as well if I recall. The class was led by Nic Smith, a 3 star RB. Mason Fine, Rico Bussey Jr, and Khairi Muhammad were 2 star prospects who happened to out perform their assessment. Some of this class either didnt make it more than a couple years, have graduated because we used them right away, but we do not have many RS Seniors left from this class. That lack of 5 year seniors is also hurting us. Dieon Hair-Griffin and Nic Smith are it. Everyone else has come after. No one wanted to play at North Texas because we were a losing program. The first two classes were ranked low because that stigma was still there. It took these 2 star athletes to outperform their numbers to win 9 games and get into a few bowl games to make other prospects want to show up. They need time to develop. We have a new Defensive Coordinator who had almost no spring football and just a few weeks before the season to teach 19-22 year olds how he wants to do things. The offense will be fine. We do have 2 brand new QBs that are trying to fill in a legend's shoes. That is not easy to swallow or live up to. SMU did recruit well and they have maybe a top 5 QB in the country. He would be starting at almost any P5 school if he had transferred there. That kind of leadership and skillset can make other players around you better. Look at what Mason Fine did and he didnt even have those accolades like Beuchelle does. Lets get through Houston and then we can assess how good or bad we are in the conference we were given.