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New coaches earn mixed results in early signing period

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Taggart facing challenge with short time to recruit for FSU (1:02)

Andrea Adelson talks about the challenges that Florida State coach Willie Taggart faces in recruiting with a short staff and limited time. (1:02)

Newly hired coaches have made it through their first early signing period with only a few weeks to gather themselves and figure out a recruiting direction. Some had more success than others, and a few are still trying to figure out how to fill the remainder of their classes. They'll all have another month to finish out the recruiting cycle, but here's how each new coach fared after the signing period.

Arizona State Sun Devils
New coach:
Herm Edwards

Big win: Landing running backs A.J. Carter and Brock Sturges
Cause for pause: Edwards and Arizona State only have 12 commitments in the class and have now lost both of the original coordinators from the staff. There is a lot of work to do at Arizona State.
Where they're at: Edwards and his staff signed 11 of the 12 commitments on Wednesday and were able to add a few pieces, especially at running back. There are still so many questions, though, about Edwards, the staff and how this is all going to work. They need to put it in overdrive in January to secure some confidence that they can recruit and they can land their targets. Edwards has been out of coaching for so long and had only a few weeks to prepare for this early signing period, but they need to start making an impression now.