Kentucky Football: Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who’s the Best Recruiter of them all?

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We've come to think of a couple of Kentucky's coaches as being responsible for the uptick in recruiting. Turns out that all of them have contributed.

Is recruiting an art or a science? It really doesn't matter because fans want to see positive results. We've had that with basketball for years, but Calipari has taken recruiting to another level. So has Mark Stoops and his staff with our football recruiting. Recruiting at Kentucky for football is reaching heights that no one could have imagined. As you will see below, there's still plenty of room for improvement. Can he take us even higher?

We tend to talk a lot about our recruiting and our recruits, and we believe that Kentucky has one of the best in Vince Marrow. The job he's done in Ohio is, for Kentucky fans, astonishing. He is one of the best, but he only ranks 28th, according to 247 Sports.

247 Sports (247) is the only recruiting service that attempts to rate the recruiters, which is just one of the things I do like about the,. I also like their profiles, the fact that they provide a timeline for each recruit, and the way they show more offers than the other services. Unfortunately, I do not like their evaluations of players, their star ratings or their rankings for both the players and teams. Setting the dislikes aside, I want to give you what I've found in their recruiter rankings.

There are 513 recruiters listed who have bagged at least one recruit. Actually, there are more if you add in the ties, but I am just too lazy to count them. Vince Marrow's position at 28th puts him in the top 5.8% of 247's top 30, and you will see that Kentucky is the only school represented as a conference cellar dweller. Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee are the only schools in the list that suffered through losing records last year. All three have new coaching staffs.

Here's 247'stop 30:

Recruiter Rankings

Top 30

7/22/2013

Name

School

Rank

Dameyune Craig

Auburn

1

Bryan McClendon

Georgia

2

Jeremy Pruitt

Florida St.

3

Mike Vrabil

Ohio St.

4

David Beaty

Texas A&M

5

Travaris Robinson

Florida

6

Chip West

Virginia

7

Kirby Smart

Alabama

8

Jerry Montgomery

Oklahoma

9

Clarence McKinney

Texas A&M

10

Tommy Thigpin

Tennessee

11

James Coley

Miami

12

Mike Elston

Notre Dame

13

Michael Barrow

Miami

14

Bob Diaco

Notre Dame

15

John Lilly

Georgia

16

Shame Beamer

Virginia Tech

17

Derrick Nix

Ole Miss

18

Tim Brewster

Florida St.

19

Ben Strickland

Wisconsin

20

Frank Wilson

LSU

21

Mike Sanford, Jr

Stanford

22

Robert Gillespie

Tennessee

23

Mike Bobo

Georgia

24

Kerry Coombs

Ohio St.

25

Reese Morgan

Iowa

26

Jeff Scott

Clemson

27

Vince Marrow

Kentucky

28

Matt MacPherson

Northwestern

29

Darrell Wyatt

Texas

30

You can see the complete rankings at 247 Sports.

Here’s the rankings for each UK coach (notice I said EACH):

# 28 – Vince Marrow

#52 – Neal Brown

#86 – Chad Scott

# 98 – Bradley Dale Paveto

# 106 - D.J. Eliot

#125 – Tommy Mainard

#141 – Jimmy Brumbaugh

#212 – Derrick Ansley

#459 – John Schlarman

All nine coaches have brought in at least one recruit. If you’ll recall, we had some coaches last year who simply didn’t and wouldn’t recruit. Rick Minter is the first who comes to mind. David Turner, Pat Washington and Mike Summers are the only coaches from last year who have one or more commitments. Turner, the DL coach at Mississippi State, is ranked #123 and has 3 commitments for the Bulldogs. Washington is ranked #139 with 5 commitments for Missouri and Summers ranks #288 with two commitments for Southern Cal. Joker Phillips has yet to get a commitment, so he’s not included in the 513. Maybe even more amazing is the fact that Florida has yet to get a commitment from a wide receiver either before or after Joker was hired as the wide receivers coach. Maybe wide receivers aren’t a priority for Florida this year.

Remember Tee Martin, who UK fans believed was a great recruiter? Not a member of the club of 513. I had to verify in the USC 2013 Media Guide that he’s still on the staff at USC. Yep, there he is on page 17. He’s still the Trojan’s WR coach. I remember the UK fan sadness when he left for USC. We thought we had lost something. Just for what it’s worth, Ed Orgeron ranks as #85 with 4 recruits. He’s USC’s recruiting coordinator, assistant head coach and the defensive line coach and is making $1.2 million per year.

So, how does the UK staff stack up in the SEC? I have you covered on that as well. (click here for the complete SEC rankings)

Recruiter Rankings

Top 30 SEC

7/22/2013

Name

School

Rank

Dameyune Craig

Auburn

1

Bryan McClendon

Georgia

2

David Beaty

Texas A&M

3

Travaris Robinson

Florida

4

Kirby Smart

Alabama

5

Clarence McKinney

Texas A&M

6

Tommy Thigpin

Tennessee

7

John Lilly

Georgia

8

Derrick Nix

Ole Miss

9

Frank Wilson

LSU

10

Robert Gillespie

Tennessee

11

Mike Bobo

Georgia

12

Vince Marrow

Kentucky

13

Matt Luke

Ole Miss

14

Doug Nussmier

Alabama

15

Mark Elder

Tennessee

16

Chris Wilson

Georgia

17

Jeff Banks

Texas A&M

18

Corey Raymond

LSU

19

Billy Napier

Alabama

20

Ricky Rahne

Vanderbilt

21

Brent Pease

Florida

22

Zach Azzani

Tennessee

23

Neal Brown

Kentucky

24

Sean Spencer

Vanderbilt

25

Shawn Elliott

South Carolina

26

Tony Hughes

Mississippi St

27

Greg Brown

Alabama

28

B.J. Anderson

Texas A&M

29

Brick Haley

LSU

30




There are 116 coaches listed in the SEC who have obtained commitments. Here's the Kentucky staff's rankings in the SEC.

#13 - Vince Marrow

#24 - Neal Brown

#34 - Chad Scott

# 39 - Bradley Dale Paveto

# 42 - D.J. Eliot

#49 - Tommy Mainard

#54 - Jimmy Brumbaugh

#74 - Derrick Ansley

#111 - John Schlarman

That's not too shabby. The fact that all nine coaches are actually working to bring in commitments is impressive. I'm willing to bet this is the first staff to hit the trail this hard in, like, forever.

As I said earlier, I don't like the way 247 rates and ranks players. The 247 recruiting rankings are based on those player ratings and rankings. In a future article (It will take time), I plan to convert the 247recruiting rankings to rankings based on Rivals and Rank By Offers. I am positive we'll see different results. Just as a reminder, you can see a snapshot of the differences in player ratings here.

If you take a serious look at these rankings, you will see some implications for the future. I think Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi State are in trouble. I've already shown in a previous article that Florida is on a slight decline since Urban Meyer left. Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are on the rise, and Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, and LSU are maintaining their positions as SEC powerhouses. The jury is still out for Auburn and South Carolina. Take a look at the 247 team rankings and see if you agree. You can also look at a comparison snapshot at Rank BY Offers.

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