Chart: Schools with the most improved recruiting ranking in 2017

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 02, 2017

You can't succeed without talent. Which schools saw the biggest jump in the recruiting rankings from 2016 to 2017? Here’s the top of the list, based on 247Sports' composite rankings:

- The momentum continues for Mike MacIntyre at Colorado. After three rough seasons, the Buffs broke through with a Pac-12 South title, and the momentum of that continued in recruiting.

- Frank Wilson continues to build something at UTSA. Wilson is a former national recruiter of the year when he was an LSU assistant, and he took UTSA to its first bowl game this past fall. He followed that up with the No. 2 class in Conference USA.

- Bowling Green fell to 4-8 in Mike Jinks’ first season, but the recruiting has boosted from ties outside the area. Only 8 of BG’s 24 signees are from Ohio, while 3 are from Texas, two are from Florida, and six players came from junior college.

- John Bonamego has taken Central Michigan to two straight bowl games and now signed their highest class since 2012 — not including Michigan grad transfer QB Shane Morris. Bonamego’s first class in 2015 was actually signed before he was hired, and last year’s class only needed 13 players, so this is his first real class.

- Lane Kiffin followed through on the recruiting trail for his first class at FAU, signing the top class in Conference USA, and Butch Davis at FIU wasn’t far behind.

- Maryland and Rutgers saw big jumps in their first full recruiting cycles with D.J. Durkin and Chris Ash, respectively. Maryland signed the No. 4 class in the Big Ten.

- Everett Withers and Texas State signed the top class in the Sun Belt in his first full cycle.

- On the other end, the biggest decreases included Temple (dropped 54 spots), Marshall, UAB, Idaho and Cal.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to