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The Top Offensive Minded Recruiting Head Coaches

Offensive Minded Recruiters

Offensive Minded Recruiters

Today we will take a look at the three offensive-mind head coaches who have had substantial success on the recruiting trail.  We will discuss the keys to what makes these coaches so good at what they do, and how their development has looked.

Lincoln Riley, USC

Lincoln Riley has ventured on to become the head coach at USC after being at Oklahoma for five seasons. Riley was handpicked to be the successor by Hall of Fame coach Bob Stoops. This allowed Riley to hit the ground running with a program that was already set up for success. Now at USC, he will have to rely on his own acumen alone.

Riley has developed two number one overall picks in the NFL Draft in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and the competition between them in practice pushed them both to greatness. This has allowed Lincoln to tag virtually any QB of his choosing across the country. Kids follow top QBs and want to play with them. His staff is also primed with coaches who have a quality recruiting resume. Like WR coach Dennis Simmons. The 2023 class for USC is already off and running with 5-star QB Malachi Nelson. He is a transfer portal expert as well. In just a couple of months, USC's roster is significantly better than it was at the end of the 2021 season.

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Ryan Day, Ohio State

When Urban Meyer retired and handed the keys to the machine over to Day, there was a thought that things would likely drop off a bit for OSU. Meyer was a legendary recruiter, but Day has taken Urban and raised him.

The Buckeyes recruit even better under Day, and part of that has to do with WR coach Brian Hartline. Ohio State had not had a first-round draft pick at WR since 2007, Anthony Gonzales and Tedd Ginn jr. While McLauren and Thomas elevated their game at the next level it's no secret that the Buckeyes were not a high-priority destination for that position. Enter Brian Hartline, who has risen lightning fast in the rankings of WR coaches, he is a great teacher and a better recruiter. Three WRs he recruited to Ohio State went in the first round of the last draft, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be a top 10 pick next year. He beat out USC's Dennis Simmons for Emeka Egbuka last season, and then for Brandon Innis this year. Ryan Day has a great staff in place and continues to bring in elite QB talent as well.

Steve Sarkisian, Texas

Texas has the best offensive roster in the country outside of Columbus Ohio. He managed to get Quinn Ewers and grabbed the commitment of Arch Manning as well. Xavier Worthy is a tremendous talent at WR. Sarkisian is a proven offensive mind at both the college and NFL level, which holds tremendous value for QB prospects coming out. Much like Riley when you are known to develop QBs you will find yourself in the mix for the best ones, and they will bring everyone else. Still, Kyle Flood has one of the best resumes in the country for an offensive line coach, and WR coach Brennan Marion is considered a major up and comer in the business. Don't forget about RB coach Tashard Choice, who spurned the Trojans to head to Texas.