Monday, June 9, 2014
Top Pac-12 recruiters
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Pac-12 recruiter rankings feature a mix of established vets from Oregon and Oregon State who have won numerous recruiting battles but haven’t grabbed the national headlines they’ve deserved and fast-rising assistants at USC and UCLA who can recruit well both in the West and on the national stage.(
1. Tee Martin
Receivers coach, USC
What he’s done: Martin has transitioned from a national championship-winning quarterback to one of the nation's elite recruiters. His ability to relate to prospects, along with his experience as a coach and a player, has allowed him to separate himself from the pack as a great recruiter in Los Angeles -- and on the national scene.
2. Steve Greatwood
Running game coordinator/offensive line coach, Oregon
What he’s done: There have been many changes within the Pac-12 over the past 14 years, but the one constant has been Greatwood's ability as a recruiter. He has won numerous battles up and down the West Coast and all over the country and is easily one of the most underappreciated recruiters in the country.
3. Adrian Klemm
Running game coordinator/offensive line coach, UCLA
What he’s done: You know you're a great recruiter when schools are battling over you. That was the case this past offseason when USC made a strong run at trying to hire Klemm. After winning three Super Bowl rings as a player, Klemm got his coaching start at SMU but has made his mark on the national level with numerous recruiting victories for the Bruins, including landing four of UCLA's five starting offensive linemen in 2013.
4. Joe Seumalo
Defensive line coach, Oregon State
What he’s done: The Beavers don’t make many national recruiting headlines because they don’t chase five-star prospects from coast to coast. Instead, they do a great job of evaluating talent and reeling in players who fit their system. And one of the best at doing that since his arrival in the Pac-12 in 2006 has been Seumalo.
5. Don Pellum
Defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach, Oregon
What he’s done: Much like Greatwood, Pellum’s efforts haven’t received the national recognition they deserve. As Oregon’s recruiting coordinator since 1993, the Ducks have enjoyed success that had never been seen in the program before. Plus, he’s one heck of a recruiter both in California and throughout the nation.
Honorable mention: Lance Anderson, Stanford; Mike Bloomgren, Stanford; Mike Cavanaugh, Oregon State; Scott Frost, Oregon; Keith Heyward, USC; Demetrice Martin, UCLA; Mike Norvell, Arizona State; Charlie Ragle, Arizona; Morgan Scalley, Utah; Chris Wilson, USC.