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How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

Willie Taggart, Florida State Seminoles Football

Willie Taggart, Florida State Seminoles Football

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. 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. Additionally, the 2018 class of new coaches had another obstacle in their path to Signing Day. The 2018 signing class was the first to have an early signing date (Dec. 20), which left plenty of first-year coaches scrambling to fill out their allotment of scholarships.

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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. 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 2018 recruited (all rankings and data from 247Sports Composite)

How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

ACC

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Florida State

 

 

 

 

 

Jimbo Fisher (2017)

24

6

12

8

4

Willie Taggart (2018)

21

11

8

13

0

American

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

UCF

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Frost (2017)

23

55

20

1

0

Josh Heupel (2018)

19

72

18

0

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

SMU

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Morris (2017)

18

80

10

0

0

Sonny Dykes (2018)

18

89

15

0

0

Big Ten

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Nebraska

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Riley (2017)

20

23

14

6

0

Scott Frost (2018)

24

22

18

6

0

Conference USA

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Rice

 

 

 

 

 

David Bailiff (2017)

17

122

3

0

0

Mike Bloomgren (2018)

18

116

8

0

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

UTEP

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Kugler (2017)

17

133

1

0

0

Dana Dimel (2018)

15

132

3

0

0

MAC

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Kent State

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Haynes (2017)

23

128

3

0

0

Sean Lewis (2018)

20

101

8

0

0

Pac-12

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Rodriguez (2017)

27

45

24

1

0

Kevin Sumlin (2018)

21

58

21

0

0

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Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Arizona State

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Graham (2017)

21

32

14

4

0

Herm Edwards (2018)

21

36

19

2

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Taggart (2017)

25

19

20

5

0

Mario Cristobal (2018)

24

16

12

11

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Oregon State

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Andersen (2017)

25

51

23

1

0

Jonathan Smith (2018)

21

70

20

0

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

UCLA

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Mora (2017)

18

20

11

5

2

Chip Kelly (2018)

28

18

18

10

0

SEC

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

Bret Bielema (2017)

25

27

20

4

0

Chad Morris (2018)

16

55

14

2

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Jim McElwain (2017)

23

11

11

11

0

Dan Mullen (2018)

19

14

7

12

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Mississippi State

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Mullen (2017)

25

24

19

4

0

Jim Moorhead (2018)

23

27

17

6

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Ole Miss

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Freeze (2017)

23

31

19

3

0

Matt Luke (2018)

21

31

17

3

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

Butch Jones (2017)

28

17

23

4

1

Jeremy Pruitt (2018)

22

20

14

8

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Texas A&M

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Sumlin (2017)

28

13

20

8

0

Jimbo Fisher (2018)

23

17

10

13

0


Sun Belt

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Georgia Southern

 

 

 

 

 

Tyson Summers (2017)

23

106

7

0

0

Chad Lunsford (2018)

22

87

11

0

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Hudspeth (2017)

17

121

4

0

0

Billy Napier (2018)

14

123

4

0

0

Team

Total Signees

National Rank

3 Stars Signed

4 Stars Signed

5 Stars Signed

South Alabama

 

 

 

 

 

Joey Jones (2017)

16

116

5

0

0

Steve Campbell (2018)

24

109

9

0

0