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Dan Lanning, Billy Napier, Lincoln Riley, Mario Cristobal, and Brent Venables are all coaches in
their first year of head coaching at a new university. Do you want to know what else these five
coaches have in common? They all currently have top 25 recruiting classes for the class of
2023. All four head coaches have set the recruiting trails ablaze this summer, landing recruits left
and right. None of them has had any problem adjusting to their new environments, establishing
their culture with an iron fist at their new jobs.

Dan Lanning

Former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning is off to a reputable start in his tenure as the
new head coach of Oregon. Not only does he currently have a top 25 recruiting class right now,
but he has also secured a commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the class, Dante
Moore. Some even believe he is the best quarterback in the class, even over Texas
commit Arch Manning. Oregon's class currently has 11 commits, one five-star, seven four-star
prospects, and three three-star prospects. The ducks aren't showing any signs of slowing down
either, as they have recently picked up crystal balls from three four-star prospects and two three-star
prospects.

Billy Napier

Napier got off to a rocky start on the recruiting trail in his transition to the University of Florida
from the University of Louisiana. Still, he and his staff picked up some steam in July. Coach
Napier rounded up eight total commitments in July; before that, the gators only had eight total
commits. They now have 16 commits and sit within the top 15 recruiting rankings at
number 12. All eight of the recent recruits that have committed to the gators are four-star
prospects. So I believe it is safe to say that coach Napier is establishing a successful recruiting
culture so far in Gainesville without any signs of slowing up.

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Lincoln Riley

I believe it's safe to say that Coach Riley's initial transition from being the head coach at the
The University of Oklahoma to become the head man at Southern California has been one of the
most controversial transitions this year, if not the most. With that being said, that hasn't stopped
Riley from bringing in top talent to Los Angeles through recruiting and the transfer portal as well.
Not only did he bring his quarterback and wide receiver duo from OU, Caleb Williams, and Mario
Williams. He also managed to land Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison from Pittsburgh through
the portal. USC currently has the 14th-rated recruiting class for the class of 2023, which comprises two 5-star prospects, five four-star prospects, and six three-star prospects. Highlighting coach
Riley's '23 class are the 2nd rated player nationally, QB Malachi Nelson, and the 5th rated player
nationally, WR Zachariah Branch, who is also the number 1 ranked wide receiver according to
247 sports composite rankings.

Mario Cristobal

Coach Cristobal is in his first-year head coaching at his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes,
where he played on the offensive line in the early 90s. Hurricane fans should be excited about
the trajectory the south Floridian university has been on since the hire of Cristobal. He's immediately
establishing his own culture for the program in more ways than one. For example, starting this
year, Miami will no longer be sporting the turnover chain on the sidelines this year. I project that
coach Cristobal will bring a hard-nosed, no-nonsense environment to Coral Gables that the
program has desperately needed for years. He's also got that same
aggressiveness to the recruiting trail as well. The Hurricane currently has a top ten recruiting
class this cycle with 16 commits, one five-star prospect, eight four-star prospects, and
seven three-star prospects. Highlighting this class are 5-star OT Francis Mauigoa and four-star QB
Jaden Rashada, who are both top 50 rated players respectfully, according to 247 sports
composite rankings.

Brent Venables

Former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is back in Norman, and man, was it by
storm. Coach Venables has established his culture and left his mark almost immediately at the
The University of Oklahoma.
Being no stranger to Norman, previously the DC during the Bob Stoops era, felt right at
home after being named the new head coach. Coach Venables is currently on one of the hottest
streaks on the recruiting cycle. He's finishing up a strong July, presently having a
top-ten-rated class, sitting at sixth. The vibe around Oklahoma feels optimistic and very
excited about the future under a new head coach. The Sooners aren't nearly finished
this cycle, so the future looks bright for Coach V.