Take a look at the remaining available prospects in Illinois and the bordering states. There's not a lot of high end talent remaining. Now take a look at the opposing teams in the BIG West. I am not going to win many, if any, games trotting out a roster of 3/3.5 star players.
Will I lose out on Decker? It's very possible, if not probable. Maybe I'll learn my lesson for next year, but I'm not going to not go after a player because a coach declared them their star recruit. I got my star recruit, I have a few other pieces signed. To me, the positives of potentially landing Decker outweigh the positives of adding a 3 or 3.5 star recruit.
I would think the other MAC coaches would be happy with this battle. Toledo is one of the top programs in the MAC and is yet to sign a recruit, and may have to actually devote resources that could be used on other players to sign their top priority.