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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2017

Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron

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 130 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 2017 recruited (all rankings and data from 247Sports Composite)

Power 5 Conferences

Big 12

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Baylor

 

 

 

 

 

Art Briles (2016)

18

41

13

2

0

Matt Rhule (2017)

27

39

26

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Strong (2016)

28

7

12

16

0

Tom Herman (2017)

18

26

11

7

0

Big Ten

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Wilson (2016)

21

55

20

0

0

Tom Allen (2017)

23

61

22

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Claeys (2016)

21

46

19

1

0

P.J. Fleck (2017)

26

57

25

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Purdue

 

 

 

 

 

Darrell Hazell (2016)

23

80

17

0

0

Jeff Brohm (2017)

21

69

18

0

0

Pac-12

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

California

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny Dykes (2016)

27

31

25

1

1

Justin Wilcox (2017)

14

72

13

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Helfrich (2016)

20

27

14

6

0

Willie Taggart (2017)

24

20

19

5

0

SEC

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

LSU

 

 

 

 

 

Les Miles (2016)

26

3

8

16

2

Ed Orgeron (2017)

24

7

8

15

1

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Group of 5

American Athletic Conference

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Cincinnati

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Tuberville (2016)

21

74

18

0

0

Luke Fickell (2017)

23

67

17

1

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Houston

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Herman (2016)

19

36

14

3

1

Major Applewhite (2017)

20

68

15

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Temple

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Rhule (2016)

28

58

16

1

0

Geoff Collins (2017)

17

112

5

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

UConn

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Diaco (2016)

16

103

10

0

0

Randy Edsall (2017)

19

97

9

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

USF

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Taggart (2016)

16

66

14

2

0

Charlie Strong (2017)

18

75

13

0

0

Conference USA

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

FAU

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Partridge (2016)

19

100

8

0

0

Lane Kiffin (2017)

24

71

15

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

FIU

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Turner (2016)

26

101

6

0

0

Butch Davis (2017)

28

77

12

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

WKU

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Brohm (2016)

19

99

8

0

0

MIke Sanford (2017)

19

84

9

0

0

MAC

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Western Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

P.J. Fleck (2016)

27

71

19

0

0

Tim Lester (2017)

22

89

11

0

0

Mountain West

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Fresno State

 

 

 

 

 

Tim DeRuyter (2016)

24

85

12

0

0

Jeff Tedford (2017)

21

101

7

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Polian (2016)

22

104

9

0

0

Jay Norvell (2017)

18

109

7

0

0

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

San Jose State

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Caragher (2016)

18

88

11

0

0

Brent Brennan (2017)

24

103

6

0

0

Sun Belt

Team

Total

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Georgia State

 

 

 

 

 

Trent Miles (2016)

21

125

3

0

0

Shawn Elliott (2017)

20

95

8

0

0

(Tom Herman photo courtesy of www.texassports.com)