Recruiting is a year-round process. Coaches are always on the lookout for the next key addition to their program.
But when the clock hits :00 in the national championship game, the focus of the entire college football world shifts toward national signing day, when recruiting takes center stage and the very best high school players make one of the most important decisions of their lives.
There are several key factors that make it easier to recruit at certain schools: winning tradition, location in terms of being surrounded by top high-school talent, facilities, the promise of early playing time, and well, the list goes on and on.
But which schools have built-in advantages that make it easy for any coach, regardless of pedigree, to land the top players?
Take a look at five such coaches who have an easier time recruiting than those at the helm of other schools. Obviously every program has something to hang its hat on; otherwise it wouldn't be able to sell anyone on playing football there. But while this is list is far from comprehensive, these five coaches all have built-in pitches that help them succeed in the ever-changing recruiting landscape.