Did they promise a starting spot? It doesn't say that in that cover and I can't read the story.
I'm sure he's aware of who they signed last year. You always sell your successes and that class was a huge success. The message though should always be that you can compete with anyone and a spot is yours if you can take it. Seems people are taking it out if context here to fit a narrative of theirs. That or it says more in the story I can't read, it's surface level.