I'm fairly impressed with the recruiting job London and Company did in their first year. It filled a lot of areas of concern for the team. Considering that the only thing they were selling is hope and themselves (and not a recent winning tradition), that's a fairly impressive job by the guys.
Defensively, with the impending graduations of a lot of guys within the next year or two, Nicholson/Phelps/Harris/Latimer/Mack are coming in at a prime time. I wish we had gotten Grant, but to get those guys, we need to win. That said, the linebackers in this class likely have a year or two to develop, as there's a fair amount of upper classmen in the next year or two, and a guy like Henry Coley should be fighting for PT. The DL will graduate a lot of guys as well in the next couple of years, and while there's some guys in the pipeline, this big crop of DL talent should help fill the gaps. I could see a lot of these guys getting redshirted, though.
Offensively, the OL will return, so the guys this year should have a year to develop, and I imagine OL will be a focus next year. On paper, we look to have added a lot of skill guys. I'm hoping Terrell and Jennings are on offense, and if so, that should add some weapons to an offense that was really lacking in punch last year. Richardson looks like a guy who could be a feature back for this team down the line.
At the end of the day, though, the one thing that needs to be stated is that this team won't go anywhere until they can develop a good QB and develop QB consistency. For me, the downfall of the Groh era wasn't all the internal issues, but rather, the inability to develop a consistent QB after Marques Hagans. Lazor's offense looks like it's a solid one that is QB friendly, which should help, but who's going to step up? We look to have a bunch of semi-intriguing guys, but until someone steps up, the program won't move forward that much.