One thing I've noticed with the acceleration of EEs is that the elite schools have a greater ability to stay elite. They lose a kid or three or four early and they get $15k each for them to go out and chase the next batch of 5-star kids. So b/c of more EE's, the elite schools are churning their rosters a bit faster, but they always have the funds necessary to chase the cream of the crop. So, for example, instead of a year when an elite school has just 2 departing seniors and/or walkons, if they lost 2 kids early, now they have 2 extra slots to fill but an all-important additional $30k to chase with. With less EEs, there are more elite recruits left for more non-elite schools to chase (ignoring the issue that elite kids don't even want to talk to teams with less than a B or B- prestige). With more EE's, there are the same number of elite recruits but also bigger and better-funded sharks chasing them. So to me, the tweak to EEs seble made a while back hasn't really changed much in the end, only the nature in which the elite schools retain power. Instead of keeping elite kids for 3 or 4 years and being dominant, they keep them for 2 or 3 years and stay dominant b/c they always have the funds to keep chasing 5-star kids.
Rinse, wash, repeat.