Kevin from The UConn Blog is a smart guy who should probably write more, so who's to say whether he used to share UConn football fans' traditional animosity towards college football recruiting. Randy Edsall loathed the recruiting game to the extent of downright animosity, and for a time Husky fans just seemingly took their cue from up on high and internalized Edsall's sentiment. Which was fine, because Edsall made up for his gruffness with superior scouting and talent development. It was always kind of a weird stance though, considering the state of UConn's basketball programs, but football is not basketball for one thing.
If Kevin's post is representative, then the sentiment that recruiting doesn't matter might be morphing into something more reasonable, along the lines of "recruiting matters, but isn't always 100% definitive." If that is the case, then welcome to a decade ago, please enjoy your stay. It would hard for any coach to be a worse recruiter than Edsall was at UConn, and if you're looking for the very definition of a run-of-the-mill, mundane, replacement-level coach, Paul Pasqualoni most certainly qualifies.
Of course recruiting isn't 100% bunk. One quick glance at UConn's depth chart at their offensive skill positions is fairly strong confirmation and evidence of that. Edsall was always able to find and develop diamonds in the rough on the offensive line and defense, but when it came to running backs, his strategy was usually to offer a scholarship to a talented prospect with academic issues, and hope that nobody would notice or care. Recruiting didn't matter, except when it did.