Following national signing day for the class of 2013, 247Sports released a list of the top 50 recruiters for the 2013 recruiting cycle. In less than a week, we will unveil a new product called the 247Composite Recruiter Rankings, which will mathematically calculate and numerically rank the best college football recruiters in the country, similar to the Top247 for college prospects.
Scott Booker has been a key piece to Notre Dame's recent recruiting success.
For those of us that follow recruiting closely, the names that populate that Top 50 list and the names that will be sprinkled throughout the top of the recruiter rankings are very familiar. Names like Lance Thompson, Tosh Lupoi, James Coley and Tony Alford have established themselves as masters of the craft. But there are some young guns out there that may not be well-known yet who are coming for your school’s top target. And they just might get him.
Here are 10 young recruiters who we expect will develop into some of the nation’s best.
**Note: This list consists of coaches that were not named on the 247Sports Top 50 recruiters of 2013.
Jeff Blasko, Kansas, Tight ends – If Kansas is going to compete in the Big 12, it’s going to have to find some talent from outside the region and Blasko has been tasked with doing just that for Charlie Weis. Formerly a quality control assistant at Florida, Weis brought Blasko over as an assistant coach and he has been paying dividends on the recruiting trail. In 2013, Blasko was responsible for the likes of Junior college four-star Marquel Combs, Hawaiian linebacker Colton Goeas and San Francisco JUCO offensive lineman Ngalu Fusimalohi. Blasko has made Kansas relevant in California.
Scott Booker, Notre Dame, Tight ends – Among a staff of all-stars at Notre Dame, Booker is a young star rising. Recruiting the Atlantic coast region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. as well as the ever-talented state of Georgia, Booker has already reeled in 2014 linebacker Greer Martini out of Virginia’s Woodberry Forest school and is chasing down the likes of Sam Mustipher and Andrew Williams – the teammate of his 2013 prize prospect Isaac Rochelle. Notre Dame had three assistants in the 247Sports Top 50 recruiters list for 2013, Booker could have easily made number four.
Chris Brasfield, Oregon State, Running backs – Brasfield learned from one of the best as a graduate assistant under long-time Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell. Now he’s quickly becoming an integral part of Oregon State’s recruiting efforts. A San Antonio native that played his college ball at TCU, Brasfield has been making waves in the state of Texas for the Beavers landing prospects like Damien Haskins, Lawrence Mattison and Hunter Jarmon. As Oregon State continues its efforts to be a steady presence in the Lone Star state, Brasfield will be invaluable in his role.
Shane Burnham, Iowa State, Defensive tackles – In a state like Iowa with limited talent to go around and two BCS level programs fishing from the same pond, it’s important to be able to find talent in more heavily-stocked areas. Fortunately for Iowa State, Burnham has proven to be able to keep the big fish at home while still catching some whoppers elsewhere. In 2013, Burnham convinced the highly-recruited West Des Moines local Jake Campos to sign with the Cyclones but he also managed to maintain a strong presence in the Tampa area for Iowa State, bringing a couple of Floridians to the Big 12.
Bobby Engram, Pitt, Wide receivers – At 40 years old, Engram is a coaching newcomer but he comes with all kinds of experience as a 14-year NFL vet and one of the all-time great receivers at Penn State. He also has been an instant success on the recruiting trail. In the 2013 recruiting cycle, Engram was instrumental in brining in one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Tyler Boyd and he’s likely going to continue to give his alma mater fits in the state of Pennsylvania on the recruiting trail.
Sean Spencer has been an Atlanta-area fixture for Vanderbilt.
Todd Hartley, Marshall, Tight ends – If there’s one thing that Marshall head coach Doc Holliday knows, it’s recruiting. In Hartley, Hollliday may have found a great candidate to whom he can pass on the secrets of the trade. A Georgia graduate who came to Marshall in 2011 following a stint as a graduate assistant in Athens, Hartley currently serves as the Thundering Herd recruiting coordinator and he helped put Marshall at a respectable ranking of No. 57 in the nation and No. 1 in Conference USA in the 2013 recruiting rankings.
Taylor Mazzone, UCLA, Y receivers – In January, Mazzone was promoted from graduate assistant to Y receivers coach at UCLA and at only 25 years old, you can expect him to immediately shoulder plenty of recruiting responsibility. For the Bruins, Mazzone will be tasked with continuing to try to create some strong in-roads in the southeast, recruiting areas like Alabama, Georgia and Florida. In joining what is already an all-star recruiting staff at UCLA, we expect Mazzone to develop quickly into a national name in recruiting circles.
Aaron Moorehead, Virginia Tech, Wide receivers - Though he’s new to the coaching game, Moorehead isn’t new to football. A standout at Illinois, an NFL veteran and Super Bowl Champion Moorehead (age 32) arrives in Blacksburg after a stint as an on-field assistant at Stanford. Right out of the gates, Moorehad is recruiting Baltimore and Washington D.C. as well as Illinois for the Hokies. With plenty of big fish to chase in a crucial region for Virginia Tech, expect Moorehead to become a valuable asset early on for Frank Beamer.
Sean Spencer, Vanderbilt, Defensive line - The arrival of James Franklin at Vanderbilt has brought unprecedented success on the Commodore recruiting trail and Spencer has been Franklin’s most effective work horse. The animated defensive line coach has been a monster in the greater Atlanta area and has had a hand in most of Vanderbilt’s centerpiece targets. If Vanderbilt is able to get to the consistent level of national success that its trajectory is currently pointing towards, Spencer’s recruiting will play no small role.
Tony White, San Diego State, Defensive Backs – At San Diego State, Tony White has found success recruiting two areas: southern California and the rest of the country. That is the approach White has taken at San Diego State and in 2013, that approach yielded results such as a commitment from John Curtis (La.) running back Brandon Porter, three-star quarterback Darryl Richardson out of Armwood (Fla.) and Christian Cumberlander out of Butler (N.C.). He also happened to help land big cornerbacks Kalan Montgomery and Malik Smith out of Compton, Calif. and talented wide receiver Julius Wilson out of Culver City, Calif. After threatening to get five-star linebacker Reuben Foster on campus for an official visit, folks have begun to take notice.