One area that separates the elite coaches in college football is the select group that is able to send players off to the NFL in droves.
With the 2012 NFL draft just days away, a short list of schools figure to have multiple players come off draft boards in a hurry.
Whether it be coaching acumen, having a proven track record or being at a school with a rich tradition, some coaches are able to stockpile the best talent from the prep ranks—while some have the ability to take players that were overlooked coming out of high school and develop them into pro-caliber athletes.
With college football fans’ fascination with recruiting growing every year, the next part of the journey is observing which former 5-stars blossom into future first-round picks and which unheralded recruits beat the odds to find stardom.
Here are the 12 best coaches for recruiting and developing NFL talent.