Recruiting Watch:Coaching changes at schools like LSU, ND & Florida have major impact

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  1. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Who have been the hottest recruiters over the past three or four seasons? I think it's safe to say Pete Carroll (Southern Cal), Nick Saban (LSU) and Ron Zook (Florida). If you look back at their first recruiting classes, however, even this trio struggled. But after that first class was signed, this group did an amazing job in the recruiting battles and these schools found themselves atop the recruiting rankings at the end of the day. Last season, Bill Callahan (Nebraska) really struggled to land a class. What are the Cornhuskers doing this season after a year to build the relationships with the prospects, their coaches and families? They are sitting in top 10 of Scout.com's national recruiting rankings.

    The point is that teams in a coaching transition always do much better with their second recruiting class. From that point and beyond it's anyone's guess and much depends on the success, or lack thereof, in how well they do in recruiting. So what will happen this season? It's tough to say because you just never know in recruiting. But for the big-name coaches at the big-name schools, they should be all right. It just depends on the school.

    aban had built a beast in Baton Rouge. Les Miles left Oklahoma State for LSU and he will find himself in the same situation as Meyer, Spurrier and the others.

    The big positive, for Miles, is that there is no other major college football power in Louisiana. Rarely does Tulane beat out LSU for a big-time recruit. It has happened, but not very often. The other positive is that LSU always recruits the state of Texas very well. So does Oklahoma State. So if there is an advantage here, it's that these Texas prospects know Miles and what he is all about as a coach. The disadvantage is it's somewhat of a down year in Louisiana in terms of high-end prospects. In other words, the Bayou State is not its typically loaded self. And, how well do the kids from Louisiana know Miles?

    The Bayou Bengals received a huge recruiting boost on Saturday when the nation's top defensive tackle, Jerrell Powe (Waynesboro, Miss.), selected LSU over Auburn. Word on the street, however, is that this battle is far from over. LSU is currently No. 34 in the Scout.com rankings.



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