It is essentially impossible for most Michigan fans to truly understand how recruiting works down south, because such antics are completely foreign here.
We like to think we're a passionate fanbase and we love our team and program - it is on an entirely different level in the South. College football is literally big business down there, and they treat it as such, in every respect.
And yeah, it's a benefit to send kids to the Draft year after year. It makes it easy to sell your program to the top kids. But that's never the sole factor. The tactics that take place at the power programs of the SEC (and ACC) would baffle and confuse most Michigan fans. People meeting recruits at the airport and handing them a brown envelope before they board the plane and head home. Boosters buying a recruit's parents without ever even bothering to speak to the actual player. Boosters and alums using connections to influence the law, like if a recruit has a family member incarcerated, maybe something can be done about that if you just sign with the right school. Schools facilitating the transfer of high school kids to "friendly" high schools to doctor their grades to get them eligible so they don't have to go JUCO, even if it means taking the kid into another state altogether.
Someone who knows more about recruiting than all of us put together once said to me: "they didn't stop buying and selling slaves in the South, they just put football helmets on them and call it recruiting now."
It's a culture that Michigan fans will never fully understand, because it will never, ever exist here. It's bigger than a coordinator, or a coach, or an athletic director. It's an institution that perpetuates itself endlessly.