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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2016

Mark Richt

Mark Richt

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.

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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

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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

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