Ah, so he made a career out of having more 3 and less star guys on his team compared to the playoff competition. I can go with that.
The way you said it originally made it sound to me like he built his career/team signing mostly or only 3 stars and walkons. My mistake.
I was curious, so I looked up his first 2 full classes. 9 four stars the first year, then 6 four stars the next (to go with 4 five stars). Heck, even that first partial year, he had 7 four stars out of 12 signees.
I guess I'm saying I don't think it's a good comparison to say Clemson achieved their success with similar recruiting. And that's with the easier conference to deal with too.