I get so tired of this very FALSE assumption. As we speak, the B1G is #2 as a conference in the rankings, Last year the B1G was #5 BUT at 2.98 average stars they were .01 average stars behind the B12 and ACC. The PAC12 was at 3.08. 2013 the B1G was #2 at 3.08 average stars. 2012 the B1G was #5 BUT, if we look at it from average starts (2.94) they had the 3rd highest average stars being a mere .06 average stars behind #2 2011 the B1G is #3 based on average stars at 2.99 behind #2 B12 at 3.03
Those are the FACTS. The supposed gap is basically no existent in terms of the raw talent.
Before you try to say well its top weighted by a few schools, this too is also not true. In 2011 with 12 members, HALF the conference had classes that were 3 stars or higher for their respective classes. 2012 5 teams garnered 3.0 or better with NW just missing coming in at 2.94 In 2013 7 of the 12 teams landed classes grading out 3.0 or higher all but 2 did better than 2.70! 2013 6 surpassed 3.0 with EVERY team doing better than 2.50....
To date, every school in the conference has at least a 2.63 or higher except Minnesota coming in at 2.17. Eleven of the 14 teams have a 2.8 or higher with 9 teams at 2.90 or higher.
The conference is more consistent with both the quality of the recruiting over the last 5 classes AND the depth over every conference not named the SEC.
This thesis that the conference is not recruiting is patently false especially if you look at the rankings from 2000-2007