College Football Recruiting 2013: Which New Coaches Will Recruit the Fastest?
As a new head coach, you have a ton of stuff to do immediately once you're hired. Things like building your staff, media interviews, finding a home for your family, learning the football support staff names, where your office is and a wealth of other things.
One huge feat that you must not forget about is recruiting. Even if your staff isn't all in place, as the head coach you must still recruit. This 2012 offseason has seen 25 jobs come open and 19 positions have been filled thus far.
Out of those 19 new head coaches, which ones will recruit the fastest by establishing themselves quickest on the recruiting trail? Well, let's look into that right now.
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
Kingsbury is going to bring a swagger and more confidence to Texas Tech. He's a former QB of the program and comes over from Texas A&M.
He'll bring his Air Raid offensive attack that he learned under Mike Leach to Lubbock and that along with the aforementioned confidence infusion will attract some kids.
Kingsbury is a young guy, has moxie and is in Texas. This could be a dynamite recruiting hire for the Red Raiders.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky
Kentucky isn't a bad state for high school football talent to recruit from. Stoops also will likely venture into the South and upwards to both Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic region for prospective Lexington residents.
With his experience of recruiting at Florida State, Stoops should be ready to recruit at Kentucky. It'll be tough, but Stoops has the work ethic to be successful.
He'll run a spread offense to attract QBs and pass-catchers, plus his reputation as a great defensive mind will help him land some defensive recruits.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Malzahn's hiring has not been the lockdown recruiting hire that Auburn has thought it was going to be. Reuben Foster decommitted after Malzahn came on board, Carl Lawson hasn't "recommitted" and Dee Liner remains a mystery.
Other recruits are wavering too, such as Tashawn Bower and Jordan Wilkins. Yet, Malzahn will get Auburn's recruiting back on track, and in the coming years the Tigers should be fine.
I don't expect Malzahn to recruit as well as Gene Chizik did, but the new coach has buzz, charisma and his offense is proven.
Dave Doeren, NC State
Doeren left Wisconsin to get some head coaching experience at Northern Illinois. He got it and NC State has hired him to replace Tom O'Brien.
Doeren will bring some program philosophies from Wisconsin to Raleigh. North Carolina is rich with talent, and NC State is one of my "sleeping giant" programs.
Don't be shocked if Doeren gets the Wolfpack to be a consistent top 25 recruiting rankings program.
Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Bielema made a key hiring this weekend when he got Charlie Patridge to come with him to Fayetteville from Wisconsin. The DL coach is a great recruiter, especially being known to work Florida hard for prospects.
This should help expand Arkansas' recruiting profile, especially its reach into the Sunshine State. Bielema is a winner and has some charisma and wit to him, which will help during the in-home visits.
Butch Jones, Tennessee
Jones comes over from Cincinnati, which isn't awfully far from Tennessee. So I'd expect him to still keep much of the recruiting proximity and territory he had with the Bearcats.
Now, it'll just be Jones has more resources and is on a bigger stage with the Vols. He's still a young guy, has a lot of energy and seems to be a very smart guy. This should rub off on recruits well, plus let's face it: This is still Tennessee we're talking about.
Jones will land his share of solid recruiting classes in Knoxville.
Sonny Dykes, California
I have my eye on Dykes with him now being at Cal. He comes over from Louisiana Tech, but he has experience recruiting out west since he was the offensive chief at Arizona a few seasons ago.
Cal has a gorgeous campus, is close to a large city and boasts quality academics. Dykes runs a high-octane spread attack and the skill position talent in California is annually among the best in the country.
This is a hire that I think will have a huge impact in recruiting that will lead to a resurgence in Berkeley.
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.