Power Ranking College Football Coaches Recruits Can't Say No To
One of the key characteristics an AD or search firm must look for when hiring a head coach is how good a recruiter he is. A coach has to be a great recruiter these days, and to be that, you have to be a persistent and persuasive individual.
Recruits have to see something in you that they flock to, believe in and just can't say no to. The following read will look at the best head coaches that recruits can't say no to these days when the coach comes calling.
You can't say no to reading this; I won't take it for an answer!
10. Brady Hoke
When Hoke goes after a prospect, he has a lot going for him. For starters, Michigan football sells itself, and it's tough for any prospect to turn that down.
Then, Hoke can boast about the good academics that Michigan has at the university.That has to impress many recruits.
Last, it's tough to turn down the fact that Hoke knows he's building Michigan back to what it once was and is bent on returning to the glory days. That's why 22 prospects have not been able to tell him no this year.
9. Kevin Sumlin
Sumlin has shown quickly in his short tenure with Texas A&M that it's tough to tell him no. Last year he came aboard in the winter, and he convinced Trey Williams, Matt Davis and Kenny Marshall to stick around.
Then Thomas Johnson couldn't turn him down either. This year, Sumlin already has 32 players in his recruiting class and his charm, persistence and persuasiveness is showing out.
8. Les Miles
Who could tell this guy no when he comes into your living room and asks you to join him in Baton Rouge?
Some think Miles is a quirky guy, but his players love him because he's a player's coach.
Miles does a great job on the recruiting trail and makes it really tough for anyone to tell him no. He has a great fanbase to tell you about, he's won an SEC title and LSU plays in big games seemingly every weekend.
7. Brian Kelly
If you're a big-time recruit, then obviously Notre Dame will come into the picture at some point. Like Hoke, Brian Kelly can sell you on joining to help continuing restoring the staple that is Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.
The Irish also have very good academics, alumni support and extreme tradition. The campus is cool and Kelly himself has proven to be a great adjuster.
Kelly is an offensive-minded coach, but he has let his defense take the lead at Notre Dame. It's tough to say no to a guy with all those perks who's also flexible a little bit. About 22 recruits will tell you the same thing now.
6. Will Muschamp
Muschamp has learned from two of the best of all-time in Mack Brown and Nick Saban. That's like having a double Ph.D. in college football recruiting and coaching folks.
He's clearly taken the tricks of the trade from both mentors and applied it at Florida, as Muschamp has recruited extremely well in Gainesville.
He comes across as a likable yet highly competitive guy that recruits seem to dig. He even has good charm to him and he knows ball. Those qualities make it hard to turn him down.
5. Mark Richt
Richt, in my opinion, is a classic fighter. He once was on the hot seat and just fought and fought and went on a 10-game winning streak.
Then he heard whispers of a leaky fence on the recruiting trails of the Peach State. All Richt did then was create the "Dream Team" recruiting class a few cycles ago.
Richt really can be persistent, relates well to many players of faith and values family over everything. After speaking with him, recruits seem to almost feel guilty if they turn down Georgia.
4. Mack Brown
If you grow up in Texas, then chances are you grow up dreaming to ball for the Longhorns. You know Mack Brown is the coach, and you think he'll always be the coach at Texas.
Brown is a coach recruits can't say no to because he's very personable. There's something about the guy that is just well-liked by many people in the game, parents and recruits included. I'm not entirely sure what "it" is, but Brown has it and it makes him tough to turn down.
He's like the cool grandpa that we all had that we don't want to disappoint. Which makes it hard to tell him no when he's recruiting players.
3. Lane Kiffin
There is a ton of outside chatter around Kiffin and what he's really like. Many of his players claim him to be a very likable, funny and kind guy that they absolutely love.
That's why he is one of the elite recruiters in the game today. Kiffin knows USC football can sell itself, but he combines all of the tradition, glory and winning USC has with his persistent and tireless recruiting work ethic, and it nets results.
Big-time recruiting results.
2. Urban Meyer
Meyer has the results that speak for as to why he's high on this list. He's won titles and has several No. 1 recruiting classes in under his belt.
Meyer is a skilled communicator on the recruiting trail, he knows who he has to recruit in each player's family and what he has to sell and is very persistent.
He'll continue to do that at Ohio State, and evidenced by the two classes he's signed in Columbus so far, recruits still find him extremely difficult to say no to.
1. Nick Saban
Many associate Saban with NFL, and recruits seem to think he is the guy that can prepare and get them to the pros. Saban may come across as cold, calculating, mean, heartless and not personable, but I don't think that's really the case.
He's very honest to recruits, evaluates prospects very well and has a disciplined approach to recruiting overall. When he comes and asks you to play at Alabama, the thought of winning big games, SEC titles, national titles and getting to the NFL automatically comes to mind.
I'm not sure about you, but that would be extremely difficult to say no to.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly 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.