Recruiting matters when you have a top 15 class and you can say look at us and our recruits. When the class is less than stellar, it’s no one knows until they get on the field and rankings don’t matter.
Of course recruiting rankings matter. Only them that can’t recruit say they don’t matter. However, recruiting is only the first step in building a team as so many have accurately stated. I do get frustrated by statements that ranking don’t matter. They are usually a reflection of athleticism for most positions and raw numbers of speed and explosiveness cannot be taught. You cannot tackle what you cannot catch and you cannot catch a football if you cannot get away from the defender.