College Football Recruiting: 5 Living Legend Recruiting Head Coaches

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 27, 2012

College Football Recruiting: 5 Living Legend Recruiting Head Coaches

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    Simple and easy-to-follow piece here, as I'm just going to give you five head coaches who I think deserve to be referred to as a "Living Legend."

    Yet, this isn't for their wins on the field and championships; this is for their recruiting prowess and efforts. Being a living legend is a huge honor and should not be thrown around lightly at all by any means.

    However, these following five coaches deserve to be referred to as living legend recruiting head coaches. Let's get started.

5. Les Miles

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    Miles has steadied the ship for LSU since taking over for Nick Saban in 2005. LSU has hauled in some amazing talent during Miles' tenure there, and it's mostly harvested from right in the state of Louisiana.

    According to, since Miles became the Tigers head coach in 2005, he has assembled seven consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes.

    That's what I call being consistently elite on the recruiting trail.

4. Steve Spurrier

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    Spurrier deserves to be on this list because he has done it at three different schools. Let's not forget that Spurrier actually had Duke playing solid football before he bolted for Florida.

    In Gainesville, Spurrier recruited very, very well, and he gets even more credit here because he was going against two juggernauts as his main rivals. During the 1990s when Spurrier was at Florida, remember that Florida State was a powerhouse on the trail, and Miami also was among the very best.

    Now, he's gotten himself several Top 10 classes at South Carolina, which wasn't sexy at all before Spurrier arrived.

    Living legend. Period.

3. Urban Meyer

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    Meyer immediately used his vast resources at Florida when he became coach in 2005 and all the way until he resigned in 2010.

    Per, he finished just outside the Top 10 in recruiting in his first class in 2005. Then, in 2006 and 2007, he finished with the No. 2 and No. 1 classes, respectively. 

    Even the so-called "down classes" in 2008 and 2009 netted players like Janoris Jenkins, Omarius Hines, Jon Bostic, Jelani Jenkins, Jon Halapio and Andre Debose.

    Then, last year, Ohio State was on track to finish outside the Top 25 in the recruiting rankings, but it hired Meyer and rose to finish well inside the Top 10.

2. Mack Brown

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    Brown has been at Texas since 1998 and has put together some of the best classes in recent memory. He won a BCS title led by the 2002 recruiting class that is one of the better classes in history on paper. 

    Brown always has had Texas among the nation's elite in recruiting, and according to, he has two No. 1 classes under his belt and six Top 10 finishes since 2002.


    And right now in 2013 recruiting, Texas is on pace for another Top 5 class, too.

1. Nick Saban

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    You have to hand it to Saban—the man is good at what he does. He recruited very, very well at LSU, with at least one No. 2 overall class under his belt (and notably in 2003, when he won a national title).

    Since 2007, Saban has been at Alabama and has been dominant in recruiting. He has multiple No. 1 overall classes and has assembled all-star teams to sign each February. He clearly learned from his NFL days in Miami that you only get one first-round pick in the pros, but you can sign 20 of them in college.

    Alabama is a juggernaut on the recruiting trail, and Saban's recruiting approach is employed by other great recruiting head coaches such as Jimbo Fisher, Will Muschamp and Derek Dooley. 

    That's the work of a living legend recruiting head coach.

    Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to, and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.


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