SEC Media Days 2012: The SEC Head Coach Recruiting Pull Meter

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 16, 2012

SEC Media Days 2012: The SEC Head Coach Recruiting Pull Meter

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    With the SEC kicking off it's annual Media Days this week, we'll have an outstanding amount of coverage front to back of the event. Hate it or love it, the SEC is the lead dog conference in college football and they always do it big.

    As with your's truly, I'll be here to cover the recruiting side and affect on things stemming from this event. Which leads to me giving you the recruiting pull meter reading for each coach in the conference.

    Which coach is radiating in his recruiting pull around the south and country? Which coach has a low meter reading and needs some shock to get his recruiting jugular going?

    Come inside and find out.

Vanderbilt: James Franklin

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    Franklin is a young coach with a ton of energy and passion. In fact, there are arguments to be made whether his ultimate future lies with Vanderbilt or not.

    However, for awhile last year, he had the Commodores inside the top 25 recruiting rankings which is almost like seeing a pig fly. Franklin has shown to be a tireless recruiter and based off his successful-by-Vanderbilt-standards season last year, recruiting will continue to enhance for him.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Moderate

Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin

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    Sumlin came to College Station late in the recruiting cycle last year and did a fine job of keeping much of Mike Sherman's haul intact.

    This year, he's shown that he can get it done on his own grizzly, as Sumlin has the Aggies inside the top 10 recruiting class rankings. It looks like, with the ripe pickings around Texas and now the ability to get around the South, Sumlin will clean up on the recruiting trail nice.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Tennessee: Derek Dooley

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    Dooley may or may not be on the hot seat this year, as it's time to win in Knoxville. He's a good coach that comes from the school of Nick Saban in doing things.

    Recruiting has been solid at best for Dooley, as he's found it tough to consistently beat out SEC rivals for elite prospects. He gets his fair share of talent, yet Dooley likely needs to take it to another level on the recruiting trail.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Moderate

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier

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    Spurrier hasn't been as flashy in Columbia as he was with Florida, but the Ol' Ball Coach has done well at South Carolina. He's had a few top 15 classes under his belt in recent years.

    On the recruiting trail, he has done a good job over the years of landing top talent in the Carolinas while reaching out around the South to supplement the talent he has in his backyard. Players like Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore have become Gamecocks under Spurrier's watch.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Missouri: Gary Pinkel

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    Pinkel pulled off the coup of coups last year when he landed WR Dorial Green-Beckham. In fact, I really dig his 2012 recruiting class overall.

    There's isn't much sizzle and sexiness about Mizzou on the recruiting trail, but Pinkel goes after the players in his region well. I think he'll find out that recruiting in the SEC is tough on everybody, including him, as we move forward.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Moderate

Mississippi State: Dan Mullen

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    Last year's class was a good haul for Mullen, as the Bulldogs don't consistently land elite talent like Florida, LSU and Alabama, but they do an excellent job of piping players in their backyard.

    Mullen has recently landed players like Quay Evans, Beniquez Brown, Kailo Moore and even hit the JC ranks to land Denico Autry. However, MSU is not a recruiting power around the SEC.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Moderate

Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze

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    Freeze has the tools to be a good one, as this is not his first rodeo in Oxford. A college coaching buddy of mine at a BCS school speaks very highly of Freeze.

    He's already quickly shown that he will go after the big boys and not back down. He got Channing Ward last year, and this cycle he already has Antonio Allen, Ryan Buchanan and Devonte Kincade. Plus, he nearly landed Robert Nkemdiche.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Moderate

LSU: Les Miles

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    Easy reading here, as Miles' meter reading is off the charts. He's among the top recruiting coaches nationally as the talent at LSU is ridiculous.

    Miles does a great job of locking up his state (sans Landon Collins, right Alabama fans? Hardy har-har). Then he ventures around the South to supplement what he already has at home. I've also noticed that LSU is starting to enhance their national pull on the trail.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Kentucky: Joker Phillips

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    Phillips' recruiting at Kentucky hasn't gone well at all. Charlie Strong at Louisville, UK's hated rival, is the star of the state. Phillips needs to show dramatic improvement on and off the field soon.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Low

Georgia: Mark Richt

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    Richt was running out of time awhile ago, then all he did was strap up his boots and go to work. He's worked very hard in rebuilding his fence around Georgia, landed the Dream Team two cycles ago and has a top 10 class this year.

    Georgia is among the better programs nationally and Richt has almost re-established himself and the Dawg program. UGA has stability yet again, thanks to Richt and his staff.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Florida: Will Muschamp

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    Florida was a dominant recruiting school with Urban Meyer, so when Muschamp, a first time head coach, was hired there were questions if the Gators would keep their prowess up.

    Well, Muschamp has answered those questions with an emphatic "yes!". Florida is still among the elite national recruiting schools and Muschamp has a good amount of pull in the SEC already.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Auburn: Gene Chizik

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    Chizik has a couple top five and ten classes under his belt already, along with another top 25 finish last year. He's stocked Auburn up with a lot of young talent extremely well.

    Then, just last Thursday, he pulled off a major coup in getting Reuben Foster to flip from Alabama to play on The Plains. Chizik and his staff get it done on the trail and are a big time force.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: High

Arkansas: John L. Smith (interim)

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    Smith is the interim coach for Arkansas; look for the Hogs to rev up their search after the season. This season could be a big-time successful one in Fayetteville, but the trail could be a bit dry until they name a stable replacement to Bobby Petrino.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Low
     

Alabama: Nick Saban

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    Hate the guy or love him, Saban is good at what he does. Flat out and period. Right now, pound for pound, he's the best in the business and one of the best of all-time.

    His recruiting pull meter reading basically broke the glass and blew up the meter. He lands No. 1 classes in his sleep and has Alabama as the premier program in college football today.

    Recruiting Pull Meter Reading: Very High


    Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.