How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2015

How did the new coaches perform on Signing Day?

Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. And recruiting isn’t just a one-month exercise, as coaches are essentially on the trail all year for multiple classes.

 

New coaches are often placed into a difficult position, as it takes a year or two to build relationships for a signing class. Most new coaches only have a couple of months (if that) to target their prospects to fit the new systems and fight for commitments on the recruiting trail.

Florida and Michigan are two programs that didn’t land top-10 classes in 2015 largely due to the coaching turnover and the short time to ink the 2015 prospects. Needless to say, we can’t read much into how new coaches recruited this season due to the short turnaround time. However, the numbers are certainly interesting. And it will be critical to see how these numbers change after each coach has a full year to recruit.

 

Sure, there are going to be hits and misses in the team and player projections each season, but there’s plenty of accuracy and meaning behind the final rankings.

 

Let’s take a look at how the new coaches for 2015 recruited (rankings and data from 247Sports)


Power 5 Conferences
 

ACC
Pittsburgh Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Paul Chryst (2014) 23 43 18 2 0
Pat Narduzzi (2015) 14 62 11 2 0

Big 12
Kansas Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Charlie Weis (2014) 25 51 19 1 0
David Beaty (2015) 26 72 16 0 0

Big Ten
Michigan Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Brady Hoke (2014) 16 20 7 8 1
Jim Harbaugh (2015) 14 38 8 6 0
Nebraska Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Bo Pelini (2014) 25 36 22 2 0
Mike Riley (2015) 20 31 16 3 0
Wisconsin Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Gary Andersen (2014) 26 33 20 3 0
Paul Chryst (2015) 20 34 17 2 0

Pac-12
Oregon State Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Mike Riley (2014) 30 63 22 0 0
Gary Andersen (2015) 18 70 17 0 0
SEC
Florida Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Will Muschamp (2014) 24 9 15 8 1
Jim McElwain (2015) 21 21 16 3 2


Group of 5 Conferences

 

American
Houston Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Tony Levine (2014) 26 76 19 0 0
Tom Herman (2015) 19 89 7 0 0
SMU Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
June Jones (2014) 24 81 9 0 0
Chad Morris (2015) 23 79 12 0 0
Tulsa Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Bill Blankenship (2014) 24 80 9 0 0
Philip Montgomery (2015) 19 105 3 0 0

MAC
Buffalo Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Jeff Quinn (2014) 23 97 6 0 0
Lance Leipold (2015) 19 121 3 0 0
Central Michigan Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Dan Enos (2014) 19 119 2 0 0
TBA (2015) 20 101 9 0 0

 

Mountain West
Colorado State Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Jim McElwain (2014) 26 87 5 0 0
Mike Bobo (2015) 14 119 5 0 0

 

UNLV Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Bobby Hauck (2014) 19 117 3 0 0
Tony Sanchez (2015) 22 115 5 0 0

 

Sun Belt
Troy Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Larry Blakeney (2014) 17 130 1 0 0
Neal Brown (2015) 23 109 7 0 0

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