The Top 5 Coaches That Are Dominating 2013 College Football Recruiting
The recruiting cycle for 2013 has been an extremely interesting one. Early commitments have continued to be the growing theme and ascending trend in recruiting. College coaches are pressing harder and harder for recruits to make up their minds these days and many programs shot out of the gate gobbling commitments all spring and summer.
This piece will look at the very top five coaches who are currently dominating 2013 recruiting. These five coaches not only got off to great starts this year, they also have assembled excellent classes and continue to be in the hunt for some of the nation's best uncommitted prospects.
Dominating recruiting in any year is a great thing, because one great class could be the foundation of a championship team in a few seasons. These five coaches clearly understand that.
Will Muschamp (Florida)
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The Gators have shown that they have transitioned the way they run their program to a more NFL-style approach, yet that hasn't hindered their recruiting by any means. This year Will Muschamp is on pace to land top five recruiting class.
Recruiting in the SEC is tough every year, we all know that. However when you're a first time head coach then that only makes things that much harder.
Muschamp has shown he is up to task to dominate the recruiting trail, with this year being perhaps his best year yet. His top prospects include RB Kelvin Taylor, CB Vernon Hargreaves III and LB Daniel McMillan among others.
If he Muschamp can swing OT Laremy Tunsil, WR Stacy Coley and DB Marcell Harris, we could be talking about a No. 1 class here.
Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
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Meyer has done a good job of balancing getting Midwestern prospects for Ohio State while using his national connections for talent. Ohio State has 10 commitments from non-Ohio born recruits and seven commitments are natives of Buckeye Territory.
A recent recruiting legend, Meyer made his mark at Florida but is enhancing it in Columbus. He has a pair of great CB's coming in in Eli Woodard and Cam Burrows, followed by players like DL Joey Bosa, ATH Jalin Marshall, QB J.T. Barrrett and TE Marcus Baugh.
With that being just the tip of the ice berg, look for Meyer to try to close out this highly impressive cycle by adding big names like WR Robert Foster, DB Vonn Bell and LB Mike Mitchell.
Nick Saban (Alabama)
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Saban has been dominating recruiting since his days at LSU. While he may not be beloved by many people outside Tuscaloosa, Saban commands respect and especially on the recruiting trail.
He is a great evaluator of talent and has landed some of the best recruiting classes in recent memory for the Tide. This year is no different, as Saban is one of the main coaches who are dominating 2013 recruiting.
Even though he lost LB Reuben Foster to Auburn, Saban still has pledges from great recruits like TE O.J. Howard, DL DeMarcus Walker, QB Cooper Bateman, RB's Altee Tenpenny, Derrick Henry and Tyren Jones, plus pass rusher Jonathan Allen.
Saban also has Alabama pressing for OT Laremy Tunsil, OLB Matthew Thomas, DE Tim Williams, ATH Kendell Beckwith and DB Vonn Bell.
Brady Hoke (Michigan)
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The "Hoke-ster" has been flat out beastly this year on the recruiting trail. Big Blue isn't having their best season on the field, but a brighter future surely awaits them.
That bright future is thanks to Hoke and his staff's fabulous recruiting. Michigan has been seen ranked as high as No. 1 or No. 2 on various lists this recruiting cycle, including my board. With commitments from prospects like QB Shane Morris, OG David Dawson, ATH Dymonte Thomas and LB Mike McCray II, this is a loaded class.
There's still a good chance Hoke isn't done, as I think Michigan is seriously in the running for elite talent like WR Laquon Treadwell, DB Leon McQuay III and RB Derrick Green.
Lane Kiffin (USC)
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Kiffin's class is just about full to the top and he probably can't get every recruit he wants. But that doesn't mean Kiffin hasn't been downright dominant.
Out of 18 commitments for USC, 17 are members of the ESPN 300 and 12 are ESPNU 150 prospects. That's certainly a premise of getting quality talent in limited numbers for scholarships.
QB Max Browne leads a class that includes DT Kenny Bigelow, RB Ty Isaac, DB Su'a Cravens, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, DB Max Redfield and OLB Michael Hutchings among many others.
Even though the Trojans won't be able to get many more prospects, if at all, I think they'll keep their eyes on recruits like DB Priest Wills, DT Montravius Adams, OLB Matthew Thomas, DB Tashaan Goodman and DB Leon McQuay III.