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Ranking the recruiters

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.

Previous rankings: Feb. 6 | April 17 | June 19 | Aug. 25 | Sept. 22 | Oct. 20 | Nov. 17

Here's where the rankings stand:

10. Kerry Coombs
School: Ohio State
ESPN 300 recruits: 3
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 17 Justin Hilliard
Previous ranking: NR
What he's done: Coombs has been flirting with the top 10 for months but his effort to help reel in Mike Weber away from Michigan in December cemented his spot heading into the final few weeks of the 2015 recruiting cycle. Coombs helped recruit seven players overall, including five-star linebacker Hilliard, one of the top 20 players in the country and a defender who could see the field immediately. Coombs still is widely respected in Ohio from his days as a high school coach in Cincinnati and that's helped him continue to be one of the Big Ten's best and now one of the nation's best.