Chart: Which new FBS head coaches signed the most recruits?

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday February 06, 2017




A recruiting class is the result of years of developing relationships, but when there’s a new head coach, that gets squeezed into a small window.

Often, they only get a month or two to get that done — and sometimes even less. In some cases, a class is already close to full, but other times, there's a lot of work to do.

Here’s a look at the 21 new FBS head coaches and how much of their recruiting class committed after the new coach was hired. (Note: Data based on 247Sports)

Some takeaways

- Coaches hired in January included P.J. Fleck, Tim Lester and Justin Wilcox, so they only had a few weeks to get a class together. Lester was hired after the dead period had ended.

- Fleck flipped six Western Michigan commits with him to Minnesota on his first day with the Gophers, and he added a few more by the end.

- On the other end of the timeline, Butch Davis and Jeff Tedford were hired in November, when there was still much of a season to play with a staff already in place.

- Matt Rhule took over a Baylor program with 1 commitment and a class ranked in the 140s, fallout from the sexual assault scandal. He ended up with a class ranked in the top 40.

- Ed Orgeron and Tom Allen were promoted from within, with Orgeron taking over in the interim role at LSU in September when most of the class was already in place.

- Lane Kiffin signed the top-ranked class in Conference USA.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 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 chris@coachingsearch.com.