Understanding that there are outliers who are exceptions to the rule (i.e., in-state or legacy prospects), this is the rule: CU is not going to win recruiting battles against USC, Oregon, UCLA or Stanford. For the rest of the Pac-12 teams, upper echelon MWC programs and BYU, and BCS programs from outside our region, CU has a reasonable opportunity to win recruiting battles. Given that (you may agree or disagree), my feeling whenever one of those Big 4 accepts a commitment is that I'm glad. Even if it was a guy that CU was recruiting heavily. Because those programs only have so many spots and my feeling is that CU will struggle to gain commitments from the region as long as any of the Big 4 are saying that an offer may be coming. And if we're talking about our recruiting in Texas (plus Oklahoma & New Mexico), the Big 4 becomes UT, aTm, OU, OSU and probably now a Big 5 that includes Baylor. The battles we can't be always losing are with UA, ASU, UW, Cal, Oregon State, Texas Tech, TCU, etc.