The recruiter power rankings examine which assistant coaches have already done damage on the recruiting trail in the 2015 class. Beyond looking at how many four- or five-star recruits a coach lands, the rankings take into account the needs those recruits will fill at the next level.
With the season and official visits off and running and more than 200 players in the ESPN 300 having already committed, the coaches are working extra hard to bolster their classes.
Here's where the rankings stand:
10. Barry Lunney Jr.
ESPN 300 recruits: 4
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 145 K.J. Hill
Previous ranking: NR
What he's done: For years Arkansas fans have watched in-state talent flock to SEC rivals. But that's changed largely because of Lunney's efforts in the 2015 class. Lunney has reeled in 11 commitments in this year's class, including every elite target in Arkansas the Hogs targeted, like Hill and ESPN 300 tight ends C.J. O'Grady and Will Gragg. Throw in ESPN 300 defensive end Jamario Bell, and it's a class Lunney and Arkansas fans won't forget for a long, long time.
Rival recruiters say what: "He is Arkansas," an SEC assistant said. "He played high school football in Arkansas. He played at Arkansas. He GA'd at Arkansas. And now he's recruiting for Arkansas. Having somebody that is 'their type of guy' has helped the Hogs turn the corner in-state. We used to always have a lot of success in Arkansas, but it's a lot tougher now that [Bret] Bielema has turned Lunney loose."