2014 Recruiting Classes That Could Fall Apart Before National Signing Day
The end of the college football regular season means that it's time for coaches to shuffle around. Some programs fire their head coaches, while other staffs see key assistants bolt for other schools.
With so much movement in the coaching profession during this time of year, the recruiting trail is impacted. Recruits build relationships with coaches, which is a major reason why they commit to a school. So when there's turnover on a staff, that program's recruiting class crumbles.
A Pac-12 school lost its head coach, so many of its commitments may look elsewhere. Several key assistants have been let go at a program entering a new conference, while two of Texas' biggest programs may have new head coaches in a few weeks.
Boise State is one of the first schools to come to mind when thinking of which recruiting class may fall apart. Head coach Chris Petersen is now at Washington, so there is uncertainty surrounding both the program and recruiting class.
The Broncos have 11 commitments right now, with 3-star quarterback Jalen Greene being the headliner. However, the class could come crumbling down soon due to not knowing who it will be playing for in Boise.
A lot of turnover is underway in Piscataway, as defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski have all been fired, according to ESPN.
So that doesn't bode well for Rutgers' efforts to keep its 24-man recruiting class together.
However, the class was already falling apart before the changes to the coaching staff, as 4-star athlete Kiy Hester decommitted from Rutgers in November, per 247Sports.
What happens if Brown announces in the near future that he is indeed stepping down?
Aside from almost every coach in the country applying to replace him in Austin, Texas' committed recruits would become immediate targets for many coaches at other schools.
Sure, a good portion of the 22 commitments the Longhorns have would still sign with them, but several will at least flirt with other programs.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin is bound to try his hand in the NFL at some point, and that time could be now. With the Houston Texans firing Gary Kubiak last week, Sumlin could make an easy transition into the pros by not having to move his family very far.
If Sumlin pursues and gets the Texans job, Texas A&M could have a tough time keeping its 19-man class together. Even if Sumlin isn't hired in Houston, several NFL teams are going to want to talk to him after this season.
With so much talent in the group, Sumlin's departure would have coaches from across the country licking their chops to poach prospects from the Aggies' class.
Steve Sarkisian bolted Washington for USC, so the Huskies hired Chris Petersen away from Boise State. However, Petersen didn't rise to fame by bringing in great recruiting classes.
That leaves Petersen with only six pledges, and it could be a chore to even keep this small class together for him.