To have success on the field in college football, the first step comes on the recruiting trail.
Programs spend inordinate amounts of time and money to bring in the best players, and it is often head coaches who garner the most recognition for strong classes.
While that is rightfully so, each coach must build a staff around him that is filled with like minds who can do the job on the field and in the living rooms of recruits.
Here are 10 of the best men behind the men—10 of the most successful recruiting assistants in college football.
Coaches are judged here primarily on their 2014 class and secondarily on their past classes. The final factor is which school the coach recruits for—because pulling blue-chip prospects at a losing program is more impressive than doing it at one with a case full of national championship trophies.