ryanlove12

January 31st, 2013 at 11:01 PM ^

Pretty solid list. Some things to consider. 1. Cannot argue with Sabin. I may like to, but I cannot.

2. I am glad to see Sweeney on this list. I thought he was more underrated as a recruiter. Apparently he is getting recognition.

3. Home will climb this list. The team is now built more in line with this staff's vision, and our number of high draft picks will start to increase soon

4. Meyer is overrated in my opinion. He pulls top talent, and is capable of getting who he wants, but I think outside the box here. It seems he recruits in a similar way to how the lions draft. He goes after the same player every year. He ignores the qb position fir 2-3 years at a time while he has 1, his rbs and rec. have always been tweener types, and he stays really thin on his fronts. he can obviously coach and can load up a team, but it seems he could struggle to maintain success. To be fair, this could be because he leaves early, and this trend might not continue if he's at Ohio for the long haul. I would love to hear other takes on this.

MJ14

January 31st, 2013 at 11:52 PM ^

1) Saban

2) Miles

3) Hoke

4) Urban

5) Kelly/Dabo/Franklin(can't decide who's best)

I would say that's my list. Out of that list only 2 maybe 3 are actually decent to good human beings, so I'll take Hoke any day of the week!

Sione's Flow

February 1st, 2013 at 1:11 AM ^

Look at the brightside of them ranking Hoke fifth, when he took this job all of his detractors pointed out how his record was barely over .500. Now he's the fifth best recruiter/coach in the country and just pulled in one of the greatest O-line classes ever and the #1 running back in the country.

bacon

February 1st, 2013 at 1:33 AM ^

I would think Kiffin would be on this list.  It's one thing he does very well. Also, Mack Brown Consistently brings in a top 10 recruiting class. 

Victor Hale II

February 1st, 2013 at 3:33 AM ^

Hard to say how this was determined, but they apparently didn't look at coaches who find "under the radar" talent.  If they did, Chris Peterson would surely be high up there, maybe even #1.  Just look at how many guys BSU has sent to the NFL recently - guys that most other schools didn't want. 

Yeah, he had to "coach 'em up", I get that.  But that cannot by itself get guys to the NFL; the measureables have to be there.

YoOoBoMoLloRoHo

February 1st, 2013 at 8:01 AM ^

Writer simply looked at the top classes and added a little personal commentary. He doesn't even state criteria for the rankings.

He missed the guys who have "sold" their program despite big hurdles - Kiffin with NCAA infractions and no job security, Sarkisian in remote NW with little recent success, Franklin with a conservative school crushed by SEC heavyweights, O'Brien with no bowl games.

Until someone surveys kids and HS coaches to generate data, the topic is 50% ratings and 50% opinion.

EGD

February 1st, 2013 at 10:19 AM ^

I agree with your main point about the list not being very well conceived.  But I live in Seattle and have been following UW football for the past eight years or so, and would hardly consider Sarkisian an elite recruiter.  He's done okay, and is a putting together a particularly good class this year (which includes players M targeted like Joe Mathis and Demore'ea Stringfellow).  But overall his classes have been pretty mediocre.  Last year he got Shaq Thompson and not much else; he didn't get either of the very highly rated local OL prospects (Zack Banner and Josh Garnett) in 2012, or either of the two top-rated local QBs in 2012 (Jake Heaps) or 2013 (Max Browne).  

Sarkisian's other big recruiting year was 2010, when he had 32 recruits; there wasn't much quality beyond a couple headliners (Sean Parker, Eric Kohler), but that was understandable because Willingham had gone 0-12 and left the team so depleted that they really needed bodies.  It also doesn't help Sark that both Oregon schools, Stanford, and even Boise State are now major competitiors for NW talent. 

LSAClassOf2000

February 1st, 2013 at 8:14 AM ^

What is interesting, if you go back to 2011 in the Rivals class rankings and compare to the top five coaches listed here (as much as possible - Meyer wasn't around in 2011, of course), is that Michigan is the only school that has shown continuous improvement (#21 to #7 to #6 per their site) in the overall class rankings. Alabama had a slight decrease in ranking this year from #1 to #3 and Clemson's classes have steadily fallen in the rankings over the same period as well.

True Blue Grit

February 1st, 2013 at 10:39 AM ^

given the fact he has the personality of a cactus.  I guess when he waves his hand in front of recruits with a NC ring on every finger, a lot of them grab for the nearest pen to sign up.  Seriously, he must have good assistant coaches who actually have nice personalities or something. 

Soulfire21

February 1st, 2013 at 10:43 AM ^

Saban and his witchcraft are far and above everyone else. Meyer is probably spot on as well.  I think Hoke sits anywhere from 3rd through 5th and to be honest, it's looking like it may be a dog fight between Meyer and Hoke for the Big Ten (recruiting).

Soulfire21

February 1st, 2013 at 10:43 AM ^

Saban and his witchcraft are far and above everyone else. Meyer is probably spot on as well.  I think Hoke sits anywhere from 3rd through 5th and to be honest, it's looking like it may be a dog fight between Meyer and Hoke for the Big Ten (recruiting).

Tater

February 1st, 2013 at 11:20 AM ^

What's the most impressive about this is that Hoke is getting great recruits without the benefit of a team of ho-stesses or golden handshakes to help make recruiting trips memorable.