February 8, 2005

Rivals.com Top 25 Recruiters for 2005

It's easy to say that the head coaches are the reasons why a team has a successful recruiting class. Yet any true college football connoisseur knows that the backbone is the assistant coach that spends countless hours making calls, making in-home visits and wooing his program's top recruits.

There is an elite group of assistant coaches that have separated themselves as the best in the business. Florida State assistant Kevin Steele has been named Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year. Rivals.com also honors the top 25 recruiters in the game today with the list below.

Rivals.com Top 25 Recruiters
Eric Bieniemy, UCLA
A two-time Rivals.com top-25 selection, Bieniemy is on the fast track in the coaching community.
John Blake, Nebraska
Landed super running back Marlon Lucky and was the closer on almost all of NU's four-star recruits.
Mike Cassity, Louisville
Was the closer on The Ville's top recruits like Earl Heyman and Zach Anderson and was a prime factor in getting several highly ranked kids in for visits.
Mario Cristobal, Miami
Landed two of the 'Canes top recruits in the ultra-competitive state of Texas when he hooked Reggie Youngblood and Dejleon Farr.
Bob Connelly, Alabama
Connelly quickly gained a reputation in Florida by landing Roy Upchurch and Michael Johnson, and he reached into California for two more top players.
Mark D'Onofrio, Virginia
Recruited Eugene Monroe, Mike Brown and Rashawn Jackson to UVa out of New Jersey and is making a name for himself as one of the best in the East.
Stan Eggen, Texas A&M
A two-time selection by Rivals.com, Eggen is still considered the Aggies best recruiter and a big reason why they finished with a top 10 class.
Lester Erb, Iowa
Any other year would be recruiter of the year, landing five of the top seven players in Illinois' top talent pool in 10 years.
James Franklin, Maryland
Another two-time selection by Rivals.com, Franklin helped the Terps land another top 25 class and reeled in Melvin Alaeze.
Rodney Garner, Georgia
Considered the dean of recruiters in the Southeast, Garner is the top Dawg for UGA and a two time selection as a top 25 recruiter.
Ron Gould, California
Gould had already been established as one of the best recruiters in the game, but he took his game to the next level, helping the Bears land a third-straight top 20 recruiting class.
Mark Hagen, Purdue
Signed all nine of Purdue's players from Indiana, including four-star prospects Selwyn Lymon and J.B. Paxson.
Doc Holliday, Florida
Holliday's move to Florida from N.C. State didn't allow him to be in the spotlight as much as in the past, but this two-time selection is among the best.
Rob Ianello, Notre Dame
A two-time selection, Ianello recently moved to Notre Dame after causing plenty of damage for the Wisconsin Badgers.
David Kelly, Duke
After stints at LSU, Georgia Tech and Stanford, he's reeled in some of Duke's biggest recruits ever, including six in this class.
Lane Kiffin, Southern Cal
Landed Fred Davis and Dwayne Jarrett last year and was the key recruiter on Patrick Turner, the nation's No. 2 player, this year.
Tim Kish, Arizona
Any time a team finishes with a losing record and signs a top 25 class, somebody is responsible, and Kish was a huge part of it by owning the Valley of the Sun.
Mike Locksley, Illinois
Was on his way to helping Florida put together a top class until was wooed away to Illinois with Ron Zook, and is a two-time selection.
Terry Malone, Michigan
Landed three Rivals 100 players from Michigan and has snagged the top in-state prospect every year since 2001.
Kevin Steele, Florida State
Named the Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year. The Noles top recruiter, most trusted closer and a two-time selection by Rivals.com.
Rick Stockstill, South Carolina
A huge reason why Steve Spurrier's class started to pick up momentum late in the recruiting process.
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Signed nine players in 2003 and matched that number again this year with strong efforts in Alabama, Northern Florida and South Carolina.
Trooper Taylor, Tennessee
Making a name for himself as one of the best recruiters in the Southeast and the main reason why many of South Florida's best looked at UT.
Charley Wiles, Virginia Tech
Made some real inroads in North Carolina and pulled Stephan Virgil away from UNC and N.C. State.
Darrell Wyatt, Oklahoma
After landing Adrian Peterson last season, Wyatt landed five-star DeMarcus Granger and four four-star players in class of 2005. Has never landed a recruit lower than four stars.



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