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Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 6:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

The letters have been faxed and the recruiting classes set so it's time to assess how each and every team did. While the program and head coach played huge roles in recruits committing to a school, the assistants who developed a bond with them are just as big - if not bigger - of a reason as to why they're headed to the college campus of their choice by the fall. Here are the top assistants who hauled in their fair share of top prospects in the class of 2012, sorted by each conference.

ACC: Brennan Carroll
  Tight Ends coach & Recruiting Coordinator
School: Miami
Class: #7 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: Landing 33 commitments is notable but the quality of guys Carroll was able to help land - with the NCAA hovering over the program - is pretty remarkable. The fact that the Hurricanes landed just about every target is also impressive. Though he was mainly involved with the out-of-state guys personally, he helped Al Golden plan and execute a strategy for the class of 2012.
Notable recruits
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) defensive end Jelani Hamilton
Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Tracy Howard
Miami (Fla.) running back Duke Johnson
Runner ups
Florida State's Dameyune Craig, Virginia's Chip West
Big East: Jeff Hafley
  Secondary coach
School: Rutgers
Class: #23 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: The fact that Rutgers was able to not only keep an impressive class together but add to it following the departure of Greg Schiano is very impressive. Hafley was the man at Don Bosco and he cleaned up most of the top targets there and in the area with new head coach Kyle Flood.
Photo courtesy of Rutgers

Notable recruits
Ramsey (N.J.) wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Ramsey (N.J.) defensive end Darius Hamilton
Saddle Brook (N.J.) linebacker Steven Longa
Runner ups
Louisville's Clint Hurtt, USF's Phil McGeoghan
Big Ten: Mike Vrabel
  Defensive line coach
School: Ohio State
Class: #3 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: One of the holdovers from the previous staff, Vrabel is a big name among recruits from his playing days. He was instrumental in landing the #3 overall player in the country and teamed with Urban Meyer to land one of the top defensive classes in the country.

Notable recruits
Harrisburg (Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence
West Roxbury (Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams
Runner up
Michigan's Fred Jackson
Big 12: Jay Norvell
  Wide receivers coach
School: Oklahoma
Class: #8 overall
Background: 5th year at the school
Comment: If there was one area of need for the Sooners with the class of 2012 it was at wide receiver. Norvell not only kept highly ranked recruit Trey Metoyer from last year in the fold, but added four others that are good fits for the system and all highly regarded. Norvell has landed players from all over the country and did so once again this year.

Notable recruits
St. Louis (Mo.) wide receiver Durron Neal
Oklahoma City (Okla.) wide receiver Sterling Shepard
Inglewood (Calif.) wide receiver Derrick Woods
Runner ups
Texas' Major Applewhite, Baylor's Jim Gush
SEC: D.J. Durkin
  Linebackers coach & Special Teams Coordinator
School: Florida
Class: #5 overall
Background: 3rd year at the school
Comment: When a school like Florida (and a coach like Durkin) owns a state - in this case North Carolina - better than any of the BCS programs there, that's notable. The fact that the talented recruiter had a haul that fueled the Gators top five finish and added significant depth is the reason why he's in this spot.

Notable recruits
Shelby (N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard
Bowling Springs (N.C.) safety Rhaheim Ledbetter
Venice (Fla.) defensive tackle Dante Phillips
Runner ups
Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt, UGA's Bryan McClendon
Pac-12: Tosh Lupoi
  Defensive line coach
School: Washington
Class: #24 overall
Background: 1st year at the school
Comment: Lupoi is easily the top choice in the Pac-12 where his departure from Cal affected the recruiting trail out West just as much as he did Washington's class. Arik Armstead going to Oregon and several decommits from the Bears are a few of the big waves his move caused and shows how good and well connected a recruiter Lupoi is.

Notable recruits
Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson
Runner ups
UCLA's Adrian Klemm, Stanford's Lance Anderson


Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:13 pm

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

It's pretty simple if you think about it.  They were allowed to do both UNTIL OSU received permission from the NCAA to have two seperate staffs.  Vrabel was out recruiting BEFORE OSU was given permission (which is allowed) and after watching the bowl game they CLEARLY did not coach/practice so there was plenty of time for him to go out and establish himself.  Also, you have to consider the bowl game was early January and signing day was Weds.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:50 pm

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

Vrabel had never recruited until about 2 months ago.  Meyer gave him a 2 week trial in December before he offered him a job for 2012.  Pretty impressive if he's already become the best recruiter in the B1G. 

Or maybe this article is nonsense. 

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:21 am

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

As usual,it's always going to be either Michigan or "Ohio" when it comes to the Big Ten,no matter what the discussion,topic,etc..."Go Blue!!!!"

I don't understand this "Ohio" thing ??? Has Ohio University joined the Big 10 or has Michigan joined the MAC Conference ????

I would probably say the latter, that is the only way they would beat "Ohio". Good Luck with Miami, Kent State and all the others in the MAC this year.

I was kind of hoping that Michigan would be able to turn it around and get the rivalry going again this year, but I guess they baled on the Big 10 to join the MAC conference. Guess this is what happens when you lose so many games to THE Ohio State University !!!!!!

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:44 am

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

Don't discount the Longhorn's Major Applewhite, he's the one who keep the 2011 class from falling apart. It helps that he was a overachiever when he played and he's a football hero for many in Texas. He's one of the Texas players that Sooner fans actually. At least when the subject of Chris Simms comes up.<br />

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:54 am

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

As usual,it's always going to be either Michigan or "Ohio" when it comes to the Big Ten,no matter what the discussion,topic,etc..."Go Blue!!!!"CoolCoolCool

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:03 am

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

interesting? so was Vrabel coaching defense or was he recruiting? He can't do both with the extra staff i thought.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:55 pm

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

Id say Jerry Sandusky helped ohio land those top players....Mostly PSU defecters...Jess Sayin'

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:43 pm

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

No doubt Tosh Lupoi is to be reckoned with, but I'd still say Ed Orgeron is the class of the Pac-12.  Not much for running a program (see Ole Miss) but he recruited well there and his record in 2 stints at USC are (1st turn) and will be (2nd turn) legendary.

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