All that is true, a coach would never guarantee a player a starting role. But did anyone not think Annexstad was going to be the starter on day one? Do you think that the QB situation at ISU was not a factor in his decision to come to Normal? I cant say what was going on in Coach Spack's head of course, but I would bet he was thinking he found his starting QB when Annexstad signed on the dotted line, he just did not say it.I'm reading about recruiting players as a starter or a #2 and that is not how most college coaches approach it. Most college coaches talk to recruits about COMPETING for a starting job. They want all players to do that. Coaches almost never tell someone they will or won't start. You earn or don't earn a job when you come in.
A recruit can look at the roster and the coach may help them by letting them know what they have coming back at a certain position. And the coach may add that he thinks you have what it takes to play right away but a quality coach isn't going to promise you anything except a chance to compete.
Besides that ... we are not coaches! We can speculate on those things!
Have a great holiday everyone!