- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The ESPN recruiter power rankings examine which assistant coaches are doing the best on the recruiting trail in the 2014 class. Beyond looking at how many four- or five-star recruits a coach lands, the rankings take into account the needs those recruits will fill at the next level.
These rankings will be updated regularly as national signing day approaches. They are also a measure of where we believe the recruiters are now, not where they will be on signing day. Many coaches and schools have yet to make a recruiting run and could quickly climb the list as more progress is made.
Previous rankings: October 2013
1. Billy Napier
ESPN 300 recruits: 7
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 3 Cameron Robinson
Previous ranking: 4
Napier, Alabama's receivers coach, established himself as one of the better recruiters in the ACC while at Clemson, but recruiting for the Crimson Tide has allowed him to climb to the top of the national charts. Recruiting in Louisiana and parts of Texas, and also spot-recruiting other key national targets, Napier boasts commitments from five ESPN 300 prospects who are in the top 10 at their positions, including No. 1 OT Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), No. 2 pocket passer David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North) and No. 2 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville). Napier's efforts have also helped the Tide climb to No. 1 in the RecruitingNation class rankings and reload at positions of need like offensive tackle, quarterback and especially receiver.