Georgia running backs coach Bryon McClendon was named as Scout.com's 2014
National Recruiter of the Year but several coaches earned the honor of
Conference Recruiter of the Year.
Here are the 2014 Scout Conference Recruiters of the Year:
American Athletic: Robert Prunty, Cincinnati
Recruiting is a grind, but no one works harder on the recruiting trail than UC assistant Robert Prunty. He won Big 12 Recruiter of the Year twice at Texas Tech signing 16 and 14 recruits in one cycle and he has brought that double digit magic with him to Cincinnati. This year he played a huge factor in helping the Bearcats finish with the one of top classes in the conference by helping it ink 12 players, half of the 24-man class. He had a nice signing day splash with U.S. Army All-American linebacker Kevin Mouhon from Norcross (Ga.) High.
Honorable Mention: Raymond Woodie (South Florida)
ACC: Chip West, Virginia
West was the lead recruiter for five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown and
five-star cornerback Quin Blanding, just two of the Cavs' top recruits in 2014.
Considering the struggles of the Cavs on the field, West helped bolster their
talent and more importantly, kept two of the Commonwealth State's finest in
Honorable Mention: Tim Brewster (Florida State)
Big Ten: Zach Smith, Ohio State.
Smith has the tough job of going down South on behalf of the Buckeyes and battling it out with SEC programs, but he won some big ones this year like four-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and athletic pass rusher Jalyn Holmes. He recruited Noah Brown away from many other BCS programs, some closer to home and had a hand in recruiting speedy Terry McLaurin as well.
Honorable Mention: James Franklin (Penn State), Greg Mattison (Michigan)
Big Twelve: Kendal Briles, Baylor
For the second straight year the award will find itself a home in Waco, Texas. This year however it was not a slam dunk as
Oklahoma’s Mike Stoops made a strong last second push by inking four-star’s Steven Parker and Michiah Quick. But Briles signed one of the most impressive wide receiver classes in the country by landing a fearsome quartet led by Scout.com Top 100 members Davion Hall and KD Cannon. All-in-all he ran point for six of Baylor’s most important signees. Hall and Cannon, like Robbie Rhodes last year, show how far BU has come as a program. They had top national programs chasing their signatures, but Briles was able to show them the effectiveness they can have in the up tempo offense.
Honorable Mention: Mike Stoops (Oklahoma)
Conference USA: Roger Harriot, Florida Atlantic
Hariot joined the Owls staff from the University School and killed it in South
Florida. The Owls were terrific down the stretch with three Sunshine State
natives and Harriot ran point on them in D'Ronzjiah Mathews, Trevaughn Rodriguez
and Marquese Dudley-Gordon. Honorable Mention: Todd Hartley (Marshall)
MAC: P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan
It's rare that head coaches get this honor, but Coach Fleck changed the culture at Western this year. He is young, energetic and recruits responded well to that. As good of a job as the Broncos did getting an early class committed, they did an even better job keeping those guys in the fold in the face of late BCS offers.
Honorable Mention: Jason Candle (Toledo), Keith Gaither (Ball State)
Mountain West: Tony White, San Diego State
The Aztecs had the No. 2 class in the conference and despite losing some players
to the Pac-12, did a great job holding on to several more. White ran point
on running back Rashaad Penny and linebacker Jay Henderson as well as JC DB
Na'im McGee and is one of the best evaluators in the West.
Honorable Mention: Donte Williams (San Jose State), Marcel Yates (Boise State)
Pac-12: Tee Martin, USC
One of only two holdovers from Lane Kiffin's staff to Steve Sarkisian, Martin
was key on a number of recruits, but none bigger than the top two players in
California, Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith, the five-star prospects who the
Trojans landed on Signing Day. Honorable Mention: Lance Anderson
(Stanford), Demetrice Martin (UCLA).
SEC: Kirby Smart, Alabama
Many talk about Smart’s ability to build relationships with prospects and that
is one thing he is very strong at. He used that strength to help Alabama land
five-star Rashaan Evans. Smart also led the way with Christian Miller,
Marlon Humphrey and multiple other elite Tide signees, who finished with the top
class in the country by Scout.com.
Honorable Mention: Billy Napier (Alabama), Tommy Thigpen (Tennessee)
Sun Belt: Scot Sloan - Appalachian State
Sloan is the Mountaineers' recruiting coordinator and he has played a role in
about half their commitments. The Mountaineers finished 2nd in the Sun Belt in
average star rankings, headlined by three-star safety Jordan Noil and
three-star receiver Shaedon Meadors. Honorable Mention: Reed Stringer (Louisiana
Independents: Mike Elston, Notre Dame
Elston got a big one on Signing Day when he landed defensive tackle Daniel Cage, who many expected to head to Michigan State. He also recruited Drue Tranquill, who was committed to Purdue at the time. In both of those recruitments, he did an impressive job in a short period of time. The Irish only offered Cage in January. He also did a fine job keeping Jay Hayes committed after Bob Diaco left.
Honorable Mention: Tony Alford (Notre Dame), Kelly Poppinga (BYU)
National analysts Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Brandon Huffman, Jamie Newberg,
Greg Powers, Chad Simmons and Allen Trieu contributed to this report.