How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2016

How did the new coaches perform on Signing Day?

Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 128 teams. 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.

 

Recruiting isn’t just a one-month exercise, as coaches are essentially on the trail all year for multiple classes. Whether it's the junior college ranks or high school prospects, coaches are constantly looking for talent and their next standout players.

 

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.

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.

 

Let’s take a look at how the new coaches for 2016 recruited (all rankings and data from 247Sports Composite)

 

Power 5 Conferences

ACC
         
Miami Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Al Golden (2015) 22 26 15 6 0
Mark Richt (2016) 18 21 7 10 0
           
Syracuse Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Scott Shafer (2015) 29 58 24 0 0
Dino Babers (2016) 20 66 18 0 0
           
Virginia Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Mike London (2015) 23 50 22 1 0
Bronco Mendenhall (2016) 25 59 23 0 0
           
Virginia Tech Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Frank Beamer (2015) 24 29 20 4 0
Justin Fuente (2016) 21 41 19 1 0

 

 

Big 12
         
Iowa State Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Paul Rhoads (2015) 24 66 18 0 0
Matt Campbell (2016) 29 52 26 0 0

 

Big Ten
         
Illinois Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Tim Beckman (2015) 24 48 18 2 0
Bill Cubit (2016) 25 71 20 0 0
           
Maryland Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Randy Edsall (2015) 19 49 15 2 0
D.J. Durkin (2016) 21 42 14 3 0
           
Minnesota Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Jerry Kill (2015) 24 63 24 0 0
Tracy Claeys (2016) 20 48 18 1 0
           
Rutgers Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Kyle Flood (2015) 25 56 21 1 0
Chris Ash (2016) 17 74 13 0 0

 

Pac-12
         
USC Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Steve Sarkisian (2015) 27 2 9 15 3
Clay Helton (2016) 20 8 6 12 2

 

SEC
         
Georgia Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Mark Richt (2015) 30 5 16 12 2
Kirby Smart (2016) 20 7 7 10 3
           
Missouri Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Gary Pinkel (2015) 24 25 20 2 1
Barry Odom (2016) 18 53 17 1 0
           
South Carolina Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Steve Spurrier (2015) 31 19 20 10 0
Will Muschamp (2016) 26 26 20 5 0

 

 

Independents
         
BYU Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Bronco Mendenhall (2015) 23 64 15 0 0
Kalani Sitake (2016) 24 50 17 2 0

 

Group of 5 Conferences

American
         
East Carolina Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Ruffin McNeill (2015) 15 95 13 0 0
Scottie Montgomery (2016) 22 71 16 0 0
           
Memphis Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Justin Fuente (2015) 33 79 15 1 0
Mike Norvell (2016) 23 62 18 0 0
           
Tulane Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Curtis Johnson (2015) 19 93 8 0 0
Willie Fritz (2016) 25 86 10 0 0
           
UCF Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
George O'Leary (2015) 18 72 15 1 0
Scott Frost (2016) 20 65 18 0 0

 

 

C-USA
         
North Texas Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Dan McCarney (2015) 25 94 10 0 0
Seth Littrell (2016) 17 106 6 0 0
           
Southern Miss Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Todd Monken (2015) 27 87 11 0 0
Jay Hopson (2016) 20 88 10 0 0
           
UTSA Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Larry Coker (2015) 32 103 11 0 0
Frank Wilson (2016) 17 111 7 0 0

 

 

MAC
         
Ball State Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Pete Lembo (2015) 27 112 6 0 0
Mike Neu (2016) 23 108 6 0 0
           
Bowling Green Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Dino Babers (2015) 24 110 5 0 0
Mike Jinks (2016) 15 116 5 0 0
           
Toledo Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Matt Campbell (2015) 24 85 10 0 0
Jason Candle (2016) 22 93 10 0 0

 

 

Mountain West
     
Hawaii Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Norm Chow (2015) 14 123 4 0 0
Nick Rolovich (2016) 16 121 7 0 0

 

 

Sun Belt
         
Georgia Southern Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Willie Fritz (2015) 21 91 13 0 0
Tyson Summers (2016) 28 78 12 0 0
           
Texas State Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Dennis Franchione (2015) 25 96 7 0 0
Everett Withers (2016) 24 105 7 0 0
           
ULM Total National Rank 3 Stars Signed 4 Stars Signed 5 Stars Signed
Todd Berry (2015) 27 108 7 0 0
Matt Viator (2016) 19 122 5 0 0

 

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