Maybe 42 years in the business hardens you a bit-- but it's my experience over the years that the rhetoric is the highest in sports on college football recruit signing day. High school recruits sign on Wednesday and it's time for college coaches to publicly laud them for saying yes to their scholarship offer. College coaches cannot comment publicly on recruits until they are signed-- so Wednesday they 120 division one coaches across America will let it all hang out.
None of them will sign a bad class-- all of them have terrific prospects. If the recruiting services list schools as having so so classes, then the head coach will rebuke such outlandish rankings as having no credibility. No coach tells his public that he didn't get the job done with his staff on incoming players.
And the recruiting services will have the usual suspects listed at the top. Alabama is ranked number one by most services and son of a gun if the Crimson Tide aren't reigning national champs. Michigan State is rated in the lower half of the Big Ten by most-- and bet on it that Mark Dantonio will not only argue that ranking but praise the incoming players he has signed as all of his peers will likewise do. Separating the truth from the fiction then becomes difficult until they all play several years down the line.