How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2018

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 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.

 

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

 

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
Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 21:40

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