- 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 just looking at how many four- or five-star recruits a coach landed, it takes 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 at now, not where they will be on signing day. A lot of coaches and schools have yet to make a recruiting run and could quickly climb the list as more progress is made.
Editor's note: For a look at the best recruiters in each conference over the past couple of years, click here.
1. Travaris Robinson
ESPN 300 recruits: 7
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 23 Dalvin Cook
Top remaining target: ESPN 300 No. 42 Johnnie Dixon
The Gators' defensive backs coach is responsible for seven commitments in the 2014 class, and is a major reason why Florida has the nation's No. 8 class. Recruiting in ultra-competitive South Florida, Robinson has landed blue-chip prospects like No. 4 running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central), No. 2 receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), No. 8 athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), No. 10 athlete Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) and No. 11 defensive tackle Khairi Clark (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna). Robinson's efforts to land highly ranked players are impressive, but what's more remarkable is he's helping bring in talent at key positions like running back, receiver, defensive tackle and cornerback. Watching Florida on offense this season, it's clear more explosive players are needed, and that's what Robinson's recruits bring to the table.
Florida's Travaris Robinson is on top of the initial 2014 recruiter power rankings thanks to securing pledges from five blue-chip prospects.