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. Kevin Sherrer, Georgia outside linebackers coach (LW: NR)
Recruiter score: 4.96
Sherrer got a nice Christmas commitment from 4-star Georgia linebacker Nate McBride.
9. Tosh Lupoi, Alabama outside linebackers coach (LW: 8)
Recruiter score: 5.67
Lupoi has two 5-star recruits already committed to the Crimson Tide and still has three more on his radar. Though he has only five commitments so far, it’s clear Alabama trusts him to chase the biggest fish in the nation.
8. Robert Gillespie, Tennessee running backs coach (LW:T-6)
Recruiter score: 5.74
Gillespie’s score dropped a small amount this week with Cam Akers, the No. 2 running back in the nation, committing to Florida State. Matters could get worse for Gillespie as Todd Harris, the nation’s 11th-rated RB, is leaning heavily toward LSU.
7. Clarence McKinney, Texas A&M running backs coach (LW: T-6)
Recruiter score: 5.83
McKinney is still hard at work on 4-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who seems to be leaning toward the Aggies. McKinney needs that commitment to break out of the middle of our rankings.
6. Billy Napier, Alabama wide receivers coach (LW: 5)
Recruiter score: 6.67
Napier’s score is dropping as his list of primary targets grows smaller. However, a nice postseason would help him land a few of the players left on his plate.
5. Vince Marrow, Kentucky tight ends coach (LW: 4)
Recruiter score: 7.12
No movement for Marrow this week, but 4-star wideout Danny Davis from Ohio looks ready to commit to the Wildcats according to recent projections.
4. Travaris Robinson, South Carolina defensive coordinator (LW: 3)
Recruiter score: 7.38
Robinson has a nice class of nine commitments, but Naytron Culpepper, a 3-star safety from Florida, is the only one of his five top remaining targets giving the Gamecocks some consideration.
3. Dameyune Craig, LSU wide receivers coach (LW: NR)
Recruiter score: 7.90
Craig has been a monster addition to the LSU coaching staff this season. In his first class he has two 4-star receivers in Stephen Guidry and Mannie Netherly. He has a total of 10 commits, which includes one still heading to Auburn from Craig’s days with the Tigers.
2. Mario Cristobal, Alabama offensive line coach (LW: 2)
Recruiter score: 7.96
Maybe Cristobal is either resting on his laurels or his targets simply aren’t budging, as he hasn’t earned a commitment since Dec. 8. Still, his class of eight recruits, including two 5-star talents, has him near the top of our rankings still.
1. Tommy Thigpen, Tennessee linebackers coach (Last week: 1)
Recruiter score: 8.10
Thigpen’s rating remained the same this week. And though he has 10 commits, there is work to be done as his top targets, 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray and 4-star linebacker Leonard Walker, are near locks to go to Alabama and Georgia, respectively.
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.