now that the 5 man rule is finally gone, i have to ask, any A prestige d1 coach out there running off the formula - recruit 2 sr transfers, 1 juco 2, and 2 exceptional freshman EVERY season on a 5 man budget? how did that treat you? because i simply cannot see how that would not result in total domination. 2 freshman on a 5 man budget every year... nobody would even try to stop you. if only i had never dropped my d1 teams... sigh.
in case anyone is not following, the above would guarantee NO early entries ever (in the old system). that pretty much means after 4 seasons of use, you have 2 seniors who were 2 of the best freshman in the game, 2 juniors who you can say the same about, 2 sophs, as well as a top juco2 who is now a senior, and a top juco2 who is now a junior. poor coach has 2 freshman who make up their 9th and 10th spots but again, as some of the best in the country, that is a good thing (especially come tourney time, sophs should be like b+/a- and fr b-/b). plus you have those 2 senior transfers, which i pretty much assume are useless, but hey, they probably beat walkons.
of course, you can ask if 2 transfers are always available, and a good juco, but when you are in a good conference and have a cool 100k every season, and maybe drop 40k max locking up 2 freshman, i would say, yes. and one season missed could be patched up without major damage.