- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
With the recruiting process sped up more than ever before, college coaches say it's imperative to actively target not just one but two recruiting classes simultaneously. And with more than 165 prospects in the 2015 ESPN 300 already committed to schools, some coaches are already on the hot seat with the 2016 class. Here's a look at five coaches who need to do well with prospects in the ESPN Junior 300, which was released Tuesday.
• Kyle Flood, Rutgers: After a dismal effort in 2014, Rutgers has rebounded with 16 commits already in the 2015 class. The only problem with those commitments is that 15 of them are three-star prospects. Recruiting in New Jersey has been flat-out dominated by Penn State and new coach James Franklin. History tells us the Nittany Lions have always recruited well in New Jersey, but four of the top six players in the 2015 class have picked Happy Valley, and top-ranked in-state prospect Minkah Fitzpatrick is headed to Alabama. If Rutgers is going to win in the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights have to keep the top players in state. They simply can't supplement that local talent that's lost to rival programs with players from other states. That's why the 2016 class is going to be absolutely critical for Flood. The ESPN Junior 300 has nine prospects from New Jersey in it, including running back Kareem Walker, the No. 5 player overall. Walker has visited Rutgers several times, and he's a must-get for the Scarlet Knights.
A look at five coaches who need to do well with prospects in the ESPN Junior 300 for the 2016 class.