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. Tim Horton, Auburn running backs coach (LW: 10)
Recruiter score: 3.83
Horton is still lingering at No 10 on our list. He’s the primary recruiter for 4-star wide receiver Nico Collins from Pinson, Ala., but he and the entire state may lose him to Michigan.
9. Glenn Schumann, Georgia inside linebackers coach (LW: 9)
Recruiter score: 4.86
Schumann needs 4-star linebacker Nate McBride to make the leap and commit to the Bulldogs if he wants a substantial move up our list.
8. Tosh Lupoi, Alabama outside linebackers coach (LW: 8)
Recruiter score: 5.67
Lupoi still has just five commitments, but no other coach can say 40 percent of his recruits are 5-star players.
T-6. Robert Gillespie, Tennessee running backs coach (LW:T-6)
Recruiter score: 5.83
Gillespie is hard at work on Cam Akers, the No. 2 running back in the country. According to 247Sports, there’s a 3 percent chance of Akers choosing the Vols, but it can’t help that Gillespie already has two RB commits this season.
T-6. Clarence McKinney, Texas A&M running backs coach (LW: T-6)
Recruiter score: 5.83
McKinney is still a mainstay in the middle of our list. A commitment from Travis Etienne, a 4-star running back from Louisiana, would be a nice get for the Aggies. McKinney is the secondary recruiter for Etienne.
5. Billy Napier, Alabama wide receivers coach (LW: 5)
Recruiter score: 6.62
Napier’s score remains the same with no movement over the week. But Nick Saban probably isn’t too upset, as Napier has five 4-star commits and one 5-star.
4. Vince Marrow, Kentucky tight ends coach (LW: 4)
Recruiter score: 7.12
Marrow’s score stayed put this week but looks to be in store for a bump with 4-star athlete Lynn Bowden leaning heavily toward the Wildcats.
3. Travaris Robinson, South Carolina defensive coordinator (LW: 2)
Recruiter score: 7.38
Robinson still sits near the top of our rankings, but his class of commits doesn’t look like it’ll get much better with all five of his top targets seemingly leaning toward other programs.
2. Mario Cristobal, Alabama offensive line coach (LW: 1)
Recruiter score: 8.0
Cristobal’s impressive score took a sizable hit this week after losing Lamont Wade, a 4-star cornerback and the second-rated prospect in Pennsylvania, to Penn State. Then, just a few days later, 4-star linebacker Drew Singleton chose Michigan over the Crimson Tide.
1. Tommy Thigpen, Tennessee linebackers coach (Last week: 3)
Recruiter score: 8.10
Thigpen’s rating jumped back up this week with the commitment of 3-star defensive end Matthew Butler from North Carolina. Thigpen’s class is back to 10.
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.