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Power Ranking the 10 Best Recruiting Coordinators in College Football

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2017

Power Ranking the 10 Best Recruiting Coordinators in College Football

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    Head coaches have an incredible amount of daily responsibilities, and while recruiting is among the important things a head coach has to monitor, he can't do it all the time.

    That's why many head coaches designate one of their trusted assistants as the program's "recruiting coordinator." Recruiting coordinators spearhead a team's recruiting efforts, run the recruiting board, screen prospect's highlight tapes, communicate with recruiting services and formulate relationships with high school coaches, among a ton of other duties. Plus, they still have to coach a position.

    It's a big job that is among the most important hires a head coach makes when assembling his staff. It's time look at who are the best in the business.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.

10. Zach Azzanni

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    School: Tennessee

    While Butch Jones will get most of the credit for the remarkable recruiting class Tennessee signed in February, the main man behind the scenes was Zach Azzanni, who coaches receivers for the Volunteers.

    Azzanni is also the staff's recruiting coordinator, and he led the charge of putting together Tennessee's 2014 class that consisted of more than 30 recruits. He's been in Knoxville since 2013, and he's quickly established himself as one of the top recruiters in the SEC. 

9. Joker Phillips

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    School: Florida

    Formerly the head coach at Kentucky, Joker Phillips has been Florida's recruiting coordinator since his arrival in 2013.

    He also coaches receivers for the Gators, but Phillips' value comes from what he does on the recruiting trail. He does a great job of being visible and available on social media, and utilizes his connections all throughout the South to pack Gainesville with as much talent as possible. 

    When Florida brings in another elite recruiting class in 2015, think of Phillips.

8. Jeff Scott

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    School: Clemson

    Jeff Scott is a graduate of Clemson, so that only makes him a more passionate recruiter when on the trail looking for prospects for his alma mater to sign.

    He took over as recruiting coordinator in 2010, and Clemson has ascended into elite status since. The Tigers had the No. 10 class in the country in 2011 and have signed several elite prospects under Scott's watch.

    Scott serves as the receivers coach for head coach Dabo Swinney, but he's the point-man for the Tigers on national signing day. 

7. Tony Alford

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    School: Notre Dame

    Among the "juggernaut" recruiting programs in college football, Notre Dame has the toughest time filling out its recruiting class with in-state talent. 

    That's why the Irish recruit on more of a national scale, which makes things that much more challenging. Well, running backs coach Tony Alford seems to have everything under control, as he has been the recruiting coordinator in South Bend since 2012.

    During that time, Notre Dame signed the No. 5 class in the country in 2013, and was No. 10 in recruiting in 2014. It's safe to say head coach Brian Kelly's recruiting operation is in good hands with Alford at the helm.

6. Rodney Garner

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    School: Auburn

    Although he's the associate head coach and defensive line coach at Auburn, Rodney Garner's most important job is being the Tigers' recruiting coordinator.

    Garner made a name for himself initially as an offensive lineman at Auburn in the 1980s, but more so as a great recruiter and assistant coach at Georgia. He came to Auburn in 2013, and helped the Tigers sign the No. 6 class in the country in 2014.

    Auburn is among the top recruiting programs in the country, and Garner is the coach who oversees the execution of its recruiting plan. 

5. Tim Brewster

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    School: Florida State

    Tim Brewster has a lot of experience as a coach, including stints with the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers as tight ends coach, as well as head coach at Minnesota from 2007-2010.

    Today, Brewster is the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State, a position he's held since 2013. The Seminoles have a great staff of recruiters, but it was Brewster who coordinated the plan that brought FSU the nation's No. 4 recruiting class in 2014

    Brewster does a great job of selling the program to recruits, plus he's not afraid to use social media as a recruiting asset. 

4. David Beaty

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    School: Texas A&M

    Perhaps the most important coach Texas A&M has not named Kevin Sumlin is David Beaty. For starters, the Aggies run a high-octane spread offense with multiple receiver sets, so their pass-catchers need to be coached well.

    Beaty is in charge of that.

    Next, recruiting in the SEC is awfully tough, so the Aggies need a strong recruiting coordinator who can make sure they lure elite talent to College Station.

    Beaty is also in charge of that.

    With the type of recruiting classes Texas A&M has signed in recent years, Beaty clearly deserves to be this high on a list such as this one. 

3. Frank Wilson

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    School: LSU

    Since 2010, Frank Wilson has served as LSU's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He was the Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year in 2011.

    The Tigers have signed outstanding recruiting classes under Wilson's guidance, including the nation's No. 2 class in 2014, No. 6 class in 2013 and No. 8 class in 2011

    The New Orleans native is also in charge of recruiting his hometown, which is among the best hotbeds for talent in the country. Head coach Les Miles charms recruits with his loose personality, but it's Wilson who is in charge of handling most of the leg work. 

    Rivals.com said in February:

    It is no surprise to see Frank Wilson among the nation's top recruiters. He has proven to be one of the best over the course of his college coaching career. 

2. Urban Meyer

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    School: Ohio State

    Ohio State doesn't list a recruiting coordinator on staff, according to its official website. That's probably because head coach Urban Meyer takes as much of a hands-on approach to recruiting as any head coach in the country.

    Meyer signed the No. 5 class in the country in 2012, No. 2 class in 2013 and No. 3 class in 2014. He has a good staff of assistant coaches who are also great recruiters, but the straw that stirs the recruiting drink in Columbus is indeed Meyer.

1. Nick Saban

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    School: Alabama

    Alabama is another school that doesn't list an official recruiting coordinator on its website. Like Ohio State, 'Bama's head coach is extremely involved in all aspects of its recruiting operation.

    Nick Saban may go down as the best head coach ever in college football, but he also likely is the best recruiting head coach the game has ever seen. Saban has put together several recruiting classes during his tenure in Tuscaloosa that have been nothing short of exceptional, including his 2014 class. 

    Alabama's coaching staff has great recruiters such as offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, running backs coach Burton Burns and receivers coach Billy Napier.

    However, the man who has the magic is Saban himself.

     

     

     

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