I've made the statement before that college coaches may have a tougher job than NFL coaches because they not only have to coach, but they're essentially scouts too. Sure, the new recruiting rules will likely usher in a new era of staffing where personnel departments will become the norm in college football.
Yet, coaches still have to evaluate talent as far as recruiting prospects go. Many programs use some sort of scouting service to bring them lists of players to watch, but coaches still have to sit down and evaluate prospects and decide who to offer scholarships to.
Some schools have the luxury of being a known winner which naturally draws talent to their program. Other programs must really find diamonds in the rough on the high school and JUCO recruiting trail.
This piece is going look at 12 programs that appear to be the best at evaluating talent. Some are big time BCS programs, while others are schools who don't bring in top recruiting classes on NSD but who evaluate well and win games.