At SEC Country, we’ve compiled a rankings system for the conference’s best recruiters for the Class of 2017 based upon current commitments and uncommitted targets using 247Sports’ composite scores of high school recruits.
Our formula multiplies the number of recruits credited to an assistant coach by the average of the recruits’ composite scores. Then that number is multiplied by the average scores of the recruiter’s top 5 uncommitted targets for which he’s the primary recruiter. If he doesn’t have five primary uncommitted targets remaining, we move to targets for whom he is the secondary recruiter. If there still aren’t five, we fill the remaining slots with zeroes.
For every 5-star recruit landed, that recruiter receives a 0.5-point bonus.
Here is the breakdown:
(Number of recruits x average rating)(average rating of five top remaining targets) + (5-star bonus if applicable) = recruiter score
Based upon our formula, these are the 10 best recruiters in the SEC after a quiet holiday week:
10. Billy Napier, Alabama wide receivers coach (LW: 6)
Recruiter score: 4.80
Napier’s score dropped dramatically this week with 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah committing to Ohio State and 4-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga choosing Michigan. That leaves Napier with just two primary targets left on his list.
9. Glenn Schumann, Georgia inside linebackers coach (LW: 10)
Recruiter score: 5.48
Schumann got 3-star linebacker Monty Rice to flip his commitment from LSU back to Georgia earlier this week, vaulting him back into our rankings. He could climb even higher if in-state 4-star inside linebacker Leonard Warner jumps on board.
8. Tosh Lupoi, Alabama outside linebackers coach (LW: 9)
Recruiter score: 5.62
Lupoi lost 5-star offensive tackle Foster Snell to Stanford and 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes to UCLA, but his list of targets is so impressive his score dropped just 0.05 points. However, rumors are swirling around RB Najee Harris, the top recruit in the nation and Lupoi’s prized commitment. Earlier this week, Harris told Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham he still doesn’t know where he’s going and could be contemplating a flip to Michigan.
7. Robert Gillespie, Tennessee running backs coach (LW: 8)
Recruiter score: 5.74
Gillespie’s score is unchanged from a week ago, but he’s still in the running for his five primary targets, all of which have a rating of .9161 or higher.
6. Vince Marrow, Kentucky tight ends coach (LW: 5)
Recruiter score: 5.76
Marrow’s score took a major hit with 3-star outside linebacker Jarell White, one of just five remaining (rated) Marrow targets, committing to Cincinnati. However, Marrow is still in good shape with nine commits already and three top targets leaning heavily toward the Wildcats.
5. Clarence McKinney, Texas A&M running backs coach (LW: 7)
Recruiter score: 5.83
McKinney’s score stayed pat this week as 4-star JUCO cornerback Kendall Sheffield is still in limbo between the Aggies and Ohio State. Top high school corner Jeffrey Okudah chose the Buckeyes earlier in the week, so that could play in McKinney’s favor.
4. Dameyune Craig, LSU wide receivers coach (LW: 3)
Recruiter score: 7.13
Craig’s impressive list of commits took a hit this week as 3-star linebacker Monty Rice flipped his pledge to Georgia, which wasn’t all that shocking. Now Craig can turn more of his attention to top LB targets Thomas Johnston and Kendrick Haynes.
3. Travaris Robinson, South Carolina defensive coordinator (LW: 4)
Recruiter score: 7.17
Robinson’s score took a slight hit after Jeffrey Okudah, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, committed to Ohio State. Two of Robinson’s top remaining targets are defensive backs.
2. Mario Cristobal, Alabama offensive line coach (LW: 2)
Recruiter score: 7.96
Cristobal had another stagnant week on the recruiting scene, but something tells me he’s been busy preparing for a big game. A win Monday and another national title for the Crimson Tide could influence a target or two to sign with Mario.
1. Tommy Thigpen, Tennessee linebackers coach (Last week: 1)
Recruiter score: 8.10
Thigpen’s rating remained the same this week, but it’s still enough to keep him in the top spot. All of his top targets seem to be leaning toward other schools, but even if Thigpen doesn’t get another commitment the rest of the way, he’ll have a nice 10-player haul.
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.