I had forgotten about that 2004 great class. Stan did a great job early on in recruiting. Both the 2004 and 2011 classes, in reality though, didn’t end up top 10 classes. Still very good classes though.
I’m assuming you used 247’s consolidated rankings. If you’ll notice, to get to the number #4 ranking in that 2004 class, they included Al Jefferson (#1 overall recruit, I believe) as the 5th recruit. What amazing back to back classes Stan would have had if Al had actually come here in 2004 after that really good 2003 class.
247 also made the same mistake in the 2011 class, including Aaron Ross as the 5th recruit. It appears when they ranked their classes, they included both “enrolled” and “signed LOIs”. Both Al and Aarron signed LOIs, but never enrolled here. They were both really good classes on paper. That 2011 class kinda imploded.
I believe of those classes you listed, our best class was probably that 2003 class ranked 12th. Stan was a little unlucky with both Al and Olu. Olu, as a junior, was a legitimate top 5 player in the country. He blew out his knee in his Sr year, and just never recovered completely, be it physical or mental.
That was a good list you gave us. I do think that, even without Al and Aaron, those top 3 classes you listed would compare to the list Navy presented in his post. If we had a different coach than Stan at the time we brought in the 2003 and 2004 classes, Razorback basketball history might look very different in that 2003 through current time.
Yes, it is from 247. I did not look at the details as you did. Thanks for pointing out things such as Al Jefferson. Classes seldom turn out as rated at signing, don’ they. Same thing kind of happened to 2018 class except it happened before signing. At one time, it was ranked Top 5, but then Perry decommitted and Henderson’s ranking kept dropping and it ended up at #37. And then Macon-Barford class probably ended up higher than initially rated.
If this class ends up as what Navy has, it could be Top 10 to 12. However, other than Moody, no one is a Top 50 player, so I could be wrong.
If we land these kids, yes they are from Arkansas and easier gets, but still it will be remarkable for Muss to pull this off, given he has been here just over 6 months.
The Instate Fab 5 would be huge. A balanced class with a quality player for each spot on the floor. I think all would be here for at least two years also. Add in Vanover, Joe if he returns, Jones and JT Notae, and we could be very good next year.