Assistant coaches obviously don’t get enough credit for what they do–except when you look at the 247Sports.com recruiter rankings.
In a cool breakdown of who is landing whom, the SEC produced seven of the nation’s top 10 assistant coach recruiters during the 2014 class cycle. In fact 14 out of the top 25 are from the SEC.
Winning the overall title was 30-year old Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon. The database recognized him for bringing in nine of the Bulldogs’ recruits, including five-star DE Lorenzo Carter and WR Isaiah McKenzie on signing day. Five-star prospects Carter and RBs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were all credited to McClendon. In all he brought in three five-star players and four four-star prospects.
Also making the top 10 assistant coach/recruits were:
3. Kirby Smart, Alabama–Top recruits: Marlon Humphrey, Rashaan Evans.
4. Frank Wilson, LSU—Top recruits: Leonard Fournette, Malachi Dupre
5. Billy Napier, Alabama-–Top recruits: Cameron Robinson, Hootie Jones
6. Corey Raymond, LSU––Top recruits: Jamal Adams, Edward Paris
9. Dameyune Craig, Auburn––Top recruits: Tre Williams, D’haquille Williams
10. Tommy Thigpen, Tennessee––Top recruits: Josh Malone, Jalen Hurd