February 13, 2007

Rivals.com top 10 SEC recruiters

Florida, Tennessee and LSU each finished in the top four nationally in recruiting this year, and coaches from the three schools account for more than half of Rivals.com's list of the top 10 recruiters in the SEC.

SEC recruiter of the year Larry Porter is joined by fellow LSU staff member Josh Henson. Tennessee wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor represents the Vols and Florida placed three coaches on the list.

SEC 2007 Recruiter of the Year
Larry Porter, LSU


Porter, Rivals.com's National Recruiter of the Year, signed five-star wide receiver Terrance Toliver out of Hempstead (Texas) and five-star defensive athlete/safety Chad Jones out of Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab. He also snagged four Rivals100 members - Toliver, Jones, defensive tackle Drake Nevis and safety Stefoin Francois - more than any other assistant in the country.

The rest of the top 10, in alphabetical order
Mike Bobo, Georgia


The Bulldogs offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach signed seven prospects in a class that ranked inside the top 10 nationally. The Georgia alum counts Rivals100 running back Caleb King among his recruiting prizes. Bobo also went into Missouri to land Rivals100 tight end Aron White and four-star quarterback Logan Gray out of Columbia Rock Bridge.
Stan Drayton, Florida


Drayton, who cleaned up in the Tampa Bay area in the class of 2006, signed the top prospect from that area this year in Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive tackle Torrey Davis. Davis was the state of Florida's top overall prospect. Drayton also was instrumental in landing an unprecedented seven prospects from Class 5A champion Lakeland High. Drayton was a major factor in the Gators landing the top overall class in the country.
Josh Henson, LSU


Henson coordinated one of the best recruiting efforts in school history. He was also responsible for signing several key prospects himself. Henson reached into the talent-laded I-20 corridor in Northern Louisiana to snag in-state standouts Will Blackwell of West Monroe and DeAngelo Benton. Henson also plucked Rivals100 defensive end Sidell Corley and four-star athlete Phelon Jones out of Mobile, Ala.
Doc Holliday, Florida


Nationally renowned for his ability to recruit, Holliday was responsible for the Gators' success in South Florida during this recruiting cycle. He was the recruiter of record for Rivals100 wide receiver Deonte Thompson and Rivals100 safety Major Wright. Holliday also signed Broward County standouts Bo Williams (Oakland Park Northeast) and Moses Jenkins (Boyd Anderson).
Hugh Nall, Auburn


Nall was the recruiter of record for offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and quarterback Kodi Burns, the top two prospects from the state of Arkansas. It's tough to pull one elite in-state prospect away from the Razorbacks, much less two. Nall also continued the pipeline from Nashville's Brentwood Academy to Auburn with the signing of defensive end A.J. Greene.
David Reaves, South Carolina


In his first year as recruiting coordinator, the 28-year-old Reaves led an effort that saw the Gamecocks sign the best class in school history. He also was the recruiter of record for several of South Carolina's top recruits, including Rivals100 defensive end Cliff Matthews, Rivals100 quarterback Stephen Garcia, Rivals100 offensive tackle Quintin Richardson and four-star athletes Mark Barnes and Joseph Hills.
Kevin Steele, Alabama


The Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year for the Class of 2005 while at Florida State, Steele joined new Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa in time to assist in an effort that saw Alabama land the nation's No. 10 class. Steele signed six players out of the Birmingham area - including Hoover defensive tackle Josh Chapman, who was committed to Auburn.
Charlie Strong, Florida


Known for his ability to coordinate a defense and lead current players, Strong showed that he is a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail this year. He single-handedly pulled five-star defensive end Carlos Dunlap out of South Carolina. Strong also held off a strong push from Notre Dame to sign four-star linebacker Lorenzo Edwards from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater. It's just another reason that Strong will be a great head coach some day.
Trooper Taylor, Tennessee


One of the country's top recruiters, Taylor was a big reason that the Vols finished with the SEC's second-ranked class. He was the recruiter of record for Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside cornerback Eric Berry, the top prospect at that position in the country. Taylor also dipped into the state of Texas to sign Rivals100 running back Lennon Creer and signed four-star receiver Ahmad Paige and four-star defensive tackle Rolando Melancon out of Louisiana.

-- Recruiters profiles by Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt.

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