How college football's new hires will fare on the trail – 247Sports
The coaching carousel on the Power Five level came to an end on Friday when Mario Cristobal was promoted to head coach at Oregon.
There was no drama to some of the searches.
Scott Frost to Nebraska and Willie Taggart to Florida State come as no surprise. Neither did Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M. UCLA closed quickly on Chip Kelly. Florida took its swing at Kelly before plucking Dan Mullen, which then sent Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State.
Arkansas held out for Gus Malzahn, but the Auburn coach stayed and they quickly pivoted to SMU’s Chad Morris. Tennessee entertained before hiring Jeremy Pruitt. Oregon State added Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith.
Arizona State surprised with Herm Edwards. Really surprised.
And Oregon finished it off with Cristobal.
So who wins on the recruiting trail? Just about everybody did this carousel season.
Near-Guarantees (Photo: Christopher Nee, 247Sports)
Florida State: The Seminoles recruited very well under Jimbo Fisher, even with old-school recruiting habits. They won a national championship and the NFL Draft success from 2013 through 2015 gave the ‘Noles plenty to sell with Fisher cementing himself as one of the best closers in college football. With Taggart, however, the Seminoles are getting a starter, middle reliever and closer on the trail. Florida State gets new energy and a coach that seems to have an updated understanding of how important it is to get after it on the trail. He put together a staff of strong recruiters at Oregon and they were in the top 5 of the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings most of this 2018 cycle.
That’s where FSU typically finished under Fisher. Taggart, with his in-state connections, should be able to keep the Seminoles recruiting at that level in 2019 and beyond.
Texas A&M: The Aggies consistently recruited top 20 classes