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Monday, June 9, 2014
Top Big 12 recruiters

By Jeremy Crabtree

There has been a lot of transition within the coaching ranks at Big 12 schools, which has caused the league’s reputation on the recruiting trail to slip a little bit. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find there are still plenty of quality established recruiters, and some rising newcomers at major programs like Oklahoma and Baylor.

1. Jerry Montgomery
Defensive line coach, Oklahoma
What he’s done
: Michigan fans are still bitter over Montgomery’s departure from Ann Arbor, but OU fans love the shot in the arm he has brought to the Sooners’ recruiting efforts. OU always had a go-getter who turned into an ace recruiter, and since his arrival in Norman, that’s what Montgomery has developed into. If the Sooners are after a key prospect, count on him being involved.

2. Joe Wickline
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, Texas
What he’s done
: Wickline is not only a very good recruiter, he’s also a good evaluator of talent, which easily makes him one of the Big 12’s best. He did a tremendous job for nine years at Oklahoma State and is already making his mark on the Forty Acres. Texas’ offensive line will be better immediately because of his evaluation skills.

3. Cale Gundy
Recruiting coordinator/running backs coach, Oklahoma

What he’s done: Gundy is going into his 15th season at Oklahoma and has been the Sooners’ recruiting coordinator since 2005. Many of OU’s biggest recruiting victories in the past 15 years have Gundy’s fingerprints on them, and his efforts from California to Texas to Florida are hard to ignore. He’s also responsible for OU’s great run at the running back spot in the past decade.

4. Kendal Briles
Recruiting coordinator/receivers coach, Baylor
What he’s done
: You’re not going to get any more Texan than Briles, and Texas high school coaches love that and have been steering players Briles’ way because they can relate to him. Briles is also a hard worker and at 31 is still young enough to connect with prospects, helping him develop into one of the league’s best recruiters.

5. Joe DeForest
Associate head coach/special teams coordinator, West Virginia
What he’s done
: While he’s been working on adjusting to recruiting in Florida instead of Texas the past few recruiting cycles for West Virginia, there’s no denying DeForest’s impact on recruiting in the Big 12. While at Oklahoma State, DeForest gave Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma fits with his efforts in Houston. And a lot of Oklahoma State’s success from 2001 to 2011 came because of players he recruited.

Honorable mention: Andre Coleman, Kansas State; Sonny Cumbie, TCU; Jim Gush, Baylor; Tim Kish, Oklahoma; Mark Mangino, Iowa State; Doug Meacham, TCU; Reggie Mitchell, Kansas; Chris Rumph, Texas; Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State; Mike Stoops, Oklahoma.