Posted: 2/1/2013 9:39 PM
While head coaches get all of the glory and make a lot of the money that is generated from the huge television contracts that are being brokered these days, their assistants are the ones getting in that last word with a recruit while travelling cross-country all year 'round, including less than a week before National Signing Day.
However, players ultimately come to a school for a variety of reasons. And the head coach is one of the biggest aspects of a recruit's decision-making process.
Below, these are the head coaches who are the best at getting the players they want to come to their program.
1. Nick Saban, Alabama: Is there really any debate here? The Crimson Tide have captured three of the last four BCS national championships, and the program's sustained success is a byproduct of the hard work that Saban and his staff put in on the recruiting trail. And when a program is as successful as Alabama, it gets easier and easier to bring in the best players in the country. Saban can point to two aspects of his program that any player can buy: national titles and player development. At Alabama, every game takes on national significance, and every April the NFL Draft is littered with 'Bama players. Throw in Saban's ability to persuade and his program-building mentality and you have the best recruiting head coach in America.
3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Remember when Swinney was considered overmatched as a major-college head coach? What he has done on the recruiting trail with the Tigers has been fantastic, and it's his enthusiasm for his players and winning that has recruits taking notice. Remember his celebration (insert any big Clemson win here) after his team beat LSU in this past season's Chick-fil-A Bowl? Recruits love those types of moments, as Swinney's enthusiasm is nothing short of contagious. The Tigers head coach has also been able to get top recruits out of rich states such as Florida and Georgia, including electric receiver Sammy Watkins. His tireless work ethic has paid off not only on the recruiting front but as the face of a program.
4. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame: While a lot of current recruits may have been worried about Kelly's flirtation with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly remains committed to the college game. And he'll remain one of the nation's best recruiters as he looks to make Notre Dame an annual title contender. His political background certainly has been a part of his success in all aspects of being a head football coach. Of course, his Irish Catholic background gets played up because he is the face of the Golden Domers. But putting all of that aside, Kelly really began to relate to and connect with the holdovers from the Charlie Weis era while sprinkling in his own players from his first few recruiting classes. And that paid off in a big way in 2012. He has been able to sell top recruits on an ND revival just as he did with current players such as Stephon Tuitt and Gunner Kiel. And all you have to do is look at the current list of pledges for the Class of 2013 to know that Kelly's magic is working in South Bend.
5. Brady Hoke, Michigan: Hoke did a marvelous job of salvaging the Wolverines' recruiting class when he was hired just a few weeks before National Signing Day a few years ago. With Hoke and his staff immediately putting their stamp on the football program and going to the Sugar Bowl in Year One, the former Ball State and San Diego State head coach proved that the administration made the right call by bringing back a "Michigan Man" to Ann Arbor. Although Greg Mattison may arguably be the Big Ten's best recruiter in terms of assistants, Hoke is the face of Michigan football. And players, including recent signee Derrick Green, want to play for him. The Wolverines are primed to bring in their best class since probably 2005 or 1998, when Drew Henson, David Terrell and Justin Fargas came aboard. Much to the chagrin of Michigan State, the Wolverines are getting the state's best talent once again. And Hoke is even able to still get a couple of highly ranked Ohio kids despite Meyer's presence while also sprinkling in nationally ranked recruits. The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is hot once again.
Others of note: James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Will Muschamp, Florida; David Shaw, Stanford; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Lane Kiffin, USC
Posted: 2/1/2013 9:45 PM
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RipAndRattle wrote: Lane Kiffin over hoke anyday
Posted: 2/1/2013 9:57 PM
zbforged wrote: Number 2 and 5 should be flipped. Hoke has the number 1 class in the nation. He got Derrick Green to commit when Urban couldn't. Not saying that Urban is not a great recruiter but because he missed on more of his plan A guys then Hoke did. You win in the trenches and Hoke has some elite lines coming in. Urban seems to have trouble getting his plan A guys on the offensive line. Urban is a great recruiter, but Hoke has done a tremendous job and it shows by having the number 1 class in the nation coming off a bad season. I expect a great season this year and another number 1 class.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:21 PM
zbforged wrote: No, my number 1 coach would be that guy from ole miss.
Posted: 2/1/2013 10:23 PM
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BuckMike wrote: Ya...since this list is just recruiting and not coaching...Kiffin should be top 5.RipAndRattle wrote: Lane Kiffin over hoke anyday
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KDawg59 wrote: zbforged wrote: No, my number 1 coach would be that guy from ole miss.Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. It now looks like he is going to sign the number one class in the country. No joke.
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marlew45 wrote: KDawg59 wrote: zbforged wrote: No, my number 1 coach would be that guy from ole miss.Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. It now looks like he is going to sign the number one class in the country. No joke.it's not even close,if you can get oos black student athls.from the north to come to ole miss,despite the states LONG oppressive history of treating black people,then you can flat out SPEND,i mean recruit!!,hugh freeze has to be the greatest recruiter EVER!!
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