College Football Coaches Who Seem to Have Lost All Recruiting Momentum
For college football coaches, there really is no offseason.
Rather than spending time planning for games, head coaches are on the road, in their war rooms plotting their recruiting schemes and competing with rival staffs for high school prospects.
Often times, success on the field carries over to the recruiting season, but as national signing day (Feb. 5) nears, several of college football's top coaches are losing some important battles.
Here are five coaches who will need a turnaround to finish their 2014 recruiting classes with authority.
Note: All class and player rankings based on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
Mark Helfrich, Oregon
Oregon's program is built for recruiting in the modern game.
The Ducks have top-notch facilities, fly uniforms and a fun playing style. However, that still doesn't have Mark Helfrich's group at the top of the recruiting rankings.
In fact, UO recently lost a commitment from one of its biggest recruits, 4-star athlete Budda Baker—just the type of recruit that could thrive in the system.
Despite the loss of Baker, it isn't all gloom for Oregon. The Ducks still have a strong class and a great cast of returning players for next season.
However, the loss of Baker certainly hurts.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Auburn used its incredible 2013 SEC Championship run to build one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, but the Tigers have seemed to taper off late in the recruiting period.
Gus Malzahn hasn't added a single commitment since the new year.
He will have at least two major chances to finish strong, however.
If they can't pull at least one of those two prospects, the end of the recruiting season will be a disappointment.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
But after committing to Arizona over Alabama on national television, Tabor ended up flipping his commitment to Florida, where he is now enrolled.
Rodriguez was able to make up for it with the commitment of 4-star corner Cameron Denson, but the loss of the 5-star still stings.
It also looks like the Wildcats could be left on the outside looking in at 3-star offensive tackle and Tuscon native Andrew Mike.
Art Briles, Baylor
Art Briles has pulled in a solid recruiting class, which will go down as one of Baylor's best on paper.
However, the late additions to that group have been few and far between. Specifically, the Bears haven't added a single new commitment in the 2014 calendar year.
While many programs have been off poaching Texas commitments through the coaching change, BU has largely been left out.
Briles' big chance at bucking that trend will come with 4-star safety John Bonney.
Gary Pinkel, Missouri
With its incredible breakout season in SEC play, it's to be expected that Missouri would take that momentum and turn it into a great haul on the recruiting trail.
Gary Pinkel has built a decent class, but it hasn't been anything spectacular. The Tigers currently rank 12th in the SEC, behind only Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
That group doesn't include a single early enrollee and just one commitment in the month of January, 3-star receiver Keyon Dilosa.
Pinkel can still close strong by flipping 4-star defensive end Dewayne Hendrix from SEC rival Tennessee.