Recruiting is the backbone of college football, and it's the lifeblood of any legitimate college football program.
Head coaches are judged by wins and losses, but they also are evaluated by their abilities to recruit and retain good players.
Being a good recruiter is one of the keys to being a successful college football coach.
There's rarely a recruiting experience more valuable or demanding than being an assistant coach at the college level. We look at a Nick Saban or Urban Meyer and often forget that even these legendary coaches started as assistants.
As an assistant, you have specific regions you must target, and you're usually charged with forming and maintaining the one-on-one relationships with your school's targets. Often, these are the relationships that recruits base their decisions.
The experience gained as an assistant on the recruiting trail can often translate to a head coaching job. If you're a good assistant coach with a successful recruiting resume, chances are eventually you'll receive a few calls about vacant positions.
The following list is a group of successful assistant coaches who also are extremely good recruiters. For the record, I've compiled the list by using the new 247Sports Recruiter rankings.
These assistants are so good, in fact, that they might be able to parlay their skills into a head coaching position: