247Sports has released their new recruiter rankings, and it's hard not to notice the fact that there's two programs very well represented near the top of the 2014 list: Texas A&M and Texas.
For the Aggies, this shouldn't be surprising considering the recent hype surrounding the program and the potential Texas A&M has shown as a member of the SEC. For Texas, this is a great sign, and it should be very encouraging for the Longhorns. Texas has taken a bit of a hit in regards to recruiting prestige, but so far, so good for Texas in the 2014 cycle.
For the Longhorns, they're represented by co-offensive coordinator and co-recruiting coordinator Darrell Wyatt at No. 5, and the other offensive coordinator and running backs coach Major Applewhite—ranked No. 7.
Right now, no other programs have two recruiters in the top 10.
Basically how this works is that 247Sports has researched how many recruits each assistant has brought into the current class, but they also factor in star ranking and overall ranking for each recruit as well.
For instance, Texas A&M currently has 10 recruits committed to its 2014 class. According to the 247Sports recruiter rankings, Coach McKinney has brought in four of those recruits. One of his four is a 5-star, and the rest are 3-stars. The average recruiting ranking of the recruits he's brought in is 95.09.
Not only does this show you the quantity of the recruits that he's personally landed for Texas A&M, but it gives you a good look at the quality of those recruits as well.
This feature will provide valuable insight into the recruiting world for fans. To often we attribute all of the recruiting success to a head coach (same could be said for failure) but we forget that it's his coordinators and position coaches that do much of the recruiting.
It's not a coincidence that both Texas and Texas A&M are both on top of the 247Sports 2014 overall team rankings, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectfully. Last year, Alabama and Ohio State were both well represented in the top 10 of the recruiter rankings (both had three coaches each in top 10), and that played out in the overall team rankings as well.
If that's not proof that there's a direct correlation between an assistant coaching staff's ability to recruit and the program's overall recruiting success, I don't know what is.
Remember, a recruit is going to spend most of this time with his position coach, so that relationship is incredibly important. The same could be said for the coordinator-to-recruit relationship, especially considering the coordinator is the coach that will be calling the plays that will hopefully put a recruit in the best position to succeed.
Keep an eye on these recruiting rankings as the cycle moves on, because they should undoubtedly change.
Both Texas A&M and Texas should remain hot on the recruiting trail, but don't be surprised if and when the likes of Kirby Smart (Alabama), Jeremy Pruitt (Florida State), Derrick Nix (Ole Miss), Luke Fickell (Ohio State), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame) and Greg Mattison (Michigan) start moving up the rankings.
The race to be the 2014 national recruiter of the year has officially begun.
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