- 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.
1. Billy Napier
ESPN 300 recruits: 7
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 3 Cameron Robinson
Previous ranking: 1
What he's done: Napier, Alabama's receivers coach, retains the No. 1 spot in the rankings, and several of his top commitments showed why during recent all-star games. No. 8 receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) ranks as the ninth-best player in the Bama class, but he wowed at the Under Armour All-America Game. Napier nabbing him out of Louisiana was about as good as it gets on the recruiting trail. Another of Napier's recruits, No. 1 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), was one of the best players at the UA Game. Napier has seven players he's recruited for the Crimson Tide and all seven are ESPN 300 prospects. Napier also had to re-recruit No. 2 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) after he backed away from a previous commitment to the Crimson Tide, and his addition helps fill a big need at safety.
What he needs to do: Napier has likely wrapped up his efforts for the 2014 class and is already focusing on 2015 targets like four-star offensive tackle Garrett Thomas (Many, La./Many). He continues to fight for No. 1 2014 receiver Malachi Dupre, even though most believe he is bound for LSU.