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Recruiting

The goal here is to show how much a coach has elevated the talent level of a program since he took over as head coach. This is done by measuring the current WRC recruiting ranking vs. when the coach took over the current program. It should be mentioned that this means that even the 2019 score reflects a cumulative score.

Also, there are factors involved other than recruiting ability than can affect this ranking like moving to a power 5 conference, coming off of probation, starting off very low in the WRC, and being at a program for a decade plus. So, this is designed to give credit where credit is due, but usually, those at the very top received some extra help. Typically, those at the bottom are coaches that are older and either no longer have the desire or energy to recruit and perhaps they struggle more in relating to 17 year-olds as well.

  • The first chart is the top 10 in cumulative recruiting upgrade at the coach’s current program for 2019.
  • The second chart is bottom 10 in cumulative recruiting upgrade at the coach’s current program for 2019.
  • The third chart is the top 10 coaches in recruiting ability for their career (2005-2019)
  • The fourth chart is the bottom 10 coaches in recruiting ability for their career (2005-2019)

Kyle Wittingham and Gary Patterson are #1 and #2 above and both benefited from their program moving to a power 5 conference during their tenure.