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 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 uncommitted targets (maximum five) for which he’s the primary recruiter. With it being so late in the recruiting game this period, we won’t punish a coach with fewer than five remaining primary targets.
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 top remaining primary targets) + (5-star bonus if applicable) = recruiter score
Based upon our formula, these are the 10 best recruiters in the SEC.
10. Robert Gillespie, Tennessee running backs coach (LW: 7)
Recruiter score: 5.81
Gillespie remains at seven commitments this class and doesn’t seem to have much of a shot at his top targets. Luckily, he landed his top prize, 4-star RB Ty Chandler, way back in August.
9. Kevin Sherrer, Georgia outside linebackers coach (LW: NR)
Recruiter score: 5.92
Sherrer has 5-star Richard LeCounte and five 4-star commits to his credit. He stands to score at least one more prospect with 4-star DE Markaviest Bryant leaning heavily toward the Bulldogs.
7. Tosh Lupoi, Alabama outside linebackers coach (LW: 8)
Recruiter score: 6.1
Lupoi jumped Gillespie in our rankings after QB Tua Tagovailoa regained 5-star status this week. With three 5-star commits (Tagovailoa, RB Najee Harris and OLB Dylan Moses), one could argue Lupoi deserves to have the top spot in any rankings. However, his reasonably small number of total recruits (5) hurts him in our scoring system.
7. Michael Smith, Arkansas wide receivers coach (LW: NR)
Recruiter score: 6.34
Smith is here on the strength of eight commitments, with the best of those being 4-star WR Brandon Martin. The Razorbacks lose a considerable amount of receivers from the 2016 team, so the JUCO prospect figures to have a chance to make an immediate impact.
6. Clarence McKinney, Texas A&M running backs coach (LW: 5)
Recruiter score: 6.40
McKinney must be hanging back and waiting for National Signing Day. The Aggies’ top recruiter hasn’t landed a commitment since early October, but his eight recruits up until then have him firmly on our list.
5. Billy Napier, Alabama wide receivers coach (LW: 6)
Recruiter score: 6.59
This week, Napier lost out on 4-star ILB Gary Johnson, who committed to Texas. However, Napier is putting a full press on 4-star DT Phidarian Mathis, and it looks to be working as Mathis has the Tide as one of his top possible destinations along with LSU.
4. Dameyune Craig, LSU wide receivers coach (LW: 4)
Recruiter score: 7.08
Craig got a nice score bump this week with the commitment of 3-star wide receiver Racey McMath. Craig doesn’t look to have an edge with his top remaining targets, but his crop of nine commits isn’t too shabby.
3. Travaris Robinson, South Carolina defensive coordinator (LW: 3)
Recruiter score: 7.18
Robinson still doesn’t have a commitment in nearly six weeks, but according to 247Sports, he’s has a chance at landing 3-star defensive backs Mike Hughes and Naytron Culpepper.
2. Vince Marrow, Kentucky tight ends coach (LW: 2)
Recruiter score: 7.74
Marrow’s class of 10 commitments thus far has to be his most impressive yet. He’s nailed the bulk of his top targets and has just three remaining. Can he up his number further come National Signing Day?
1. Tommy Thigpen, Tennessee linebackers coach (Last week: 1)
Recruiter score: 8.10
Thigpen lost 3-star linebacker Louis Access to NC State early this week, but his impressive list of commitments and remaining targets kept his score at the top of our rankings..
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.