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 each score is a cumulative score.
Because this measures how much you elevate talent at a specific program, hopefully this metric will maintain it’s relevance even though NIL money has become a large factor in persuading recruits.
There are also factors outside of the coaches’ control that can affect this ranking like moving to a power 5 conference, coming off of probation, and having a poor recruiting predecessor. Kyle Wittingham and Gary Patterson both benefited from their program moving to a power 5 conference during their tenure. Conversely, following a rule-breaking coach (denoted by the ***) can make a coach look worse than he deserves. So, this is designed to give credit where credit is due, but occasionally, there are extenuating circumstances. I should mention that one thing this metric shows is long-tenured older coaches that either don’t have the energy to recruit or don’t relate to 17-year-olds anymore.
- The first chart is the 2023 top 10 in cumulative recruiting upgrade.
- The second chart is the 2023 bottom 10 in cumulative recruiting upgrade.
- The third chart is the Career top 10 coaches in recruiting ability (2005-2023)
- The fourth chart is the Career bottom 10 coaches in recruiting ability (2005-2023)