2015 recruiter power rankings
More than half of the players in the ESPN 300 have now committed, and 50 prospects on the list made their decisions during the spring evaluation process. With top talent like No. 1 quarterback Kyler Murray, No. 3 offensive tackle Chuma Edoga and No. 3 athlete Kerryon Johnson committing during that time frame, there were some major shakeups in the ESPN recruiter power rankings.
These rankings examine which assistant coaches have already done damage on the recruiting trail in the 2015 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. The previous rankings had Texas A&M's B.J. Anderson at the top of the list, but after an amazing run in April and May, the updated list definitely has a distinctive crimson hue to it.
1. Mario CristobalSchool: Alabama
ESPN 300 recruits: 7
Top recruit: No. 32 Minkah Fitzpatrick
Previous ranking: NR
What he's done: Many schools would love to have the haul that Cristobal has reeled in all by himself. Cristobal, Alabama's assistant head coach and offensive line coach, had a hand in landing seven ESPN 300 prospects and was the primary recruiter for four of them. This includes No. 4 cornerback Fitzpatrick and No. 3 receiver Calvin Ridley, two of the top three recruits in the nation's No. 1 class. He isn't done, either. He's the primary recruiter for offensive tackle Martez Ivey, the No. 2 player in the country, and defensive tackle Daron Payne, the 36th-best player.
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