I agree, and I stopped worrying about recruiting after the way 2010-11 played out.
With that said, it's a little strange that - coming off a NC, with maybe the most personable coach in college bball and a state-of-the-art practice facility opening - UConn is still struggling to beat the likes of Georgia, St. John's and UNLV for recruits. (Especially when you consider the only two commits so far grew up UConn fans.)
I really don't mean to make things sound dire, but you really do have to wonder if the staff is devoid of a top-notch recruiter like Fishy said.
We are mostly trying to recruit wings, with a top 25 wing (who is not a clear one-and-done) ready to enter his freshman year. Not to mention Calhoun will be a senior in 2015-16, and Purvis or Cassell could play the 3 in a three-guard lineup. There's no guarantee of playing time for a wing here right away. The fact that we've come close with some wings is pretty impressive, since they have to be unsure about where they would fit in right away when they look at our roster.
We had two immediate needs in this recruiting cycle, and we filled them - a lead guard to replace Boat and someone who can play a stretch 4 to fill the Daniels void which is unfilled at the moment. The fact that they are local doesn't make their commitments less significant. What we're after now is depth, insurance (in case someone goes pro after a year and/or Calhoun's career can't be salvaged), and gravy (Stone, who would give us a new element). Now, it would be nice to have a little more depth/insurance or gravy, sure, but it isn't dire.
I will say that the effort put into Clarke/Jones/Mack, if it proves to be fruitless, was effort that could have been used for a head start on a 2016 wing instead. So in that sense, it could turn out that we put a lot of our eggs in the wrong basket if they all go elsewhere. But we were pretty late jumping in on Mack anyway - so there's no reason we couldn't make a similar run at a 2016 wing around this time next year with a greater promise of playing time (Omar graduating, Hamilton/Purvis much closer to declaring - or perhaps already gone).
We can be a better program, but not be a better situation for the recruit, and we lose out. Nothing alarming about that.