The SEC's 25 best recruiters

February, 1, 2011
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Thanks to Ryan McGee, we took a look at the best recruiting head coaches in the SEC on Monday.

But what about the assistants?

They’re the ones who lay the groundwork, and in most cases, establish the relationships with prospects and their families so the head coach can get in the door and close the deal.

Having conferred with several in and around the league, not to mention talking with players who've gone through the the process, here are the 25 best recruiters in the SEC among assistant coaches. They’re listed alphabetically:
  • Charlie Baggett, Tennessee's assistant head coach/wide receivers coach
  • Shane Beamer, South Carolina’s special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator
  • Mike Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
  • Burton Burns, Alabama’s associate head coach/running backs coach
  • Steve Caldwell, Arkansas’ defensive ends coach
  • Rodney Garner, Georgia’s assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach
  • Billy Gonzales, LSU’s passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach
  • Aubrey Hill, Florida’s wide receivers coach
  • Tim Horton, Arkansas' recruiting coordinator/running backs coach
  • Tony Hughes, Mississippi State’s recruiting coordinator/safeties coach
  • Ellis Johnson, South Carolina’s assistant head coach for the defense
  • John Lilly, Georgia's tight ends coach
  • Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
  • Tee Martin, Kentucky’s passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach
  • Garrick McGee, Arkansas’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
  • Wesley McGriff, Vanderbilt’s defensive recruiting coordinator/defensive backs coach
  • Curtis Luper, Auburn’s recruiting coordinator/running backs coach
  • Chris Rumph, Alabama's defensive line coach
  • Kirby Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator
  • Trooper Taylor, Auburn’s assistant head coach/wide receivers coach
  • Lance Thompson, Tennessee’s linebackers coach
  • Sal Sunseri, Alabama’s assistant head coach/linebackers coach
  • Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss’ recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach
  • Brian White, Florida's tight ends coach
  • Frank Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator/running backs coach

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