Your first statement is hard to prove. Every school that reports data on this picks and chooses it's own criteria as to what constitutes a "recruiting expense." As a result, you have no way to compare objectively. On top of that, there are many schools that don't report any data, period. Get me a study that compares apples from one school to the exact same apples at GT and I'll be convinced and not before.GT has always had one of the highest recruiting budgets. CPJ chose to recruit within a limited area when he first got here, and even made it a point to recruit GA harder. It didn't work out as well as he thought. Have to give him credit for changing up our recruiting philosophy to cover nationally and more specifically recruiting academic intensive regions that play high level prep football.
Even if we assume we have "one of the highest recruiting budgets" in college football (which I pointed out above is a false assumption), we damn well better. Our recruiting hurdles are exponentially harder so our budget needs to reflect that just to bring the playing field to square one.
I agree with everything else in your post.