Nation's top recruiting head coaches 

January, 28, 2013
1/28/13
11:33
AM ET

Nick Saban and Urban MeyerGetty ImagesNick Saban and Urban Meyer are two of the best recruiters among college football head coaches.
Give credit where it's due: Assistant coaches are the lifeblood of a college football program's ability to recruit. They're the guys who often live in airports and rental cars -- especially in January.

As valuable as ace recruiters are on staff, the head coach still has a role in the recruiting process, and sometimes a large one. He might serve as the closer, nailing down a commitment. Or he might enter along the way to steer an on-the-fence prospect.