OSU's excellent recruiting classes early in Thad's career were helped by IU being down during the time. After the elite classes, Matta still brought in some really good players. Too many of them never developed, however -- Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Marc Loving, Amir Williams most notably.
I don't blame Matta for letting some in-state guys go elsewhere -- you can only take a couple of guys each class and some of them never wanted to come to OSU in the first place. I'm most disappointed in the lack of development of players. Marc Loving looks like he's never lifted a weight in his life. Sam Thompson was the same. LaQuinton Ross, too (though he was good). Shannon Scott never developed a jumper. Lenzelle Smith regressed. Craft got worse. Highly recruited players ended up worse players as SR's than when they were SO's. That is a bad sign. I love Matta and what he has done at OSU, but I wonder how much drive he has now particularly with his back problems.