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February 11, 2014

Rivals.com: Top AAC recruiters

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RIVALS.COM TOP 10 AAC RECRUITERS
RIVALS.COM AAC RECRUITER OF THE YEAR
Raymond Woodie, USF
Buzz: Woodie recruited the Fort Myers area specifically, and got the two gems of the class in Jimmy Bayes and D'Ernest Johnson, both four-star prospects. He also recruited three-stars Ryeshene Bronson, Vincent Jackson, Legrande Harley and Kendall Sawyer and two-stars Michael Galati and Nick Nataro, which gave USF its best class ever. The Bulls finished at 39th in the Rivals team rankings, No. 1 in the AAC, and the best non-BCS school ranking in the 2014 class.
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Francis Brown, Temple
Buzz: Brown's efforts were key in keeping Temple's class together after some coaching staff changes. Seven of Temple's 12 three-star commitments were brought in by Brown. Sean Chandler, Khiry Lucas, Freddie Booth-Lloyd, Anthony Davis, Cequan Jefferson, Alex Wells and Shahid Lovett were the recruits Brown focused on. The most impressive of these commitments may be Jefferson. Brown convinced him to commit to Temple after he had committed to Virginia Tech out of high school and finished a prep year at Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy.
Terrell Buckley, Louisville
Buzz: Scrambling to make up ground in the final 20 days of the recruiting cycle after moving to Louisville as the Cardinals' cornerbacks coach, Buckley used his ties in Florida and his time at Akron to land Miami (Fla.) Killian defensive back Trumaine Washington. Buckley helped keep three-star defensive back commitments Michael Johnson and De'Eric Culver in the fold. Buckley was one of the main recruiters that helped land three-star Sharieff Rhaheed from Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central on Signing Day.
Jason Phillips, SMU
Buzz: Phillips was the most successful SMU coach on the recruiting trail. He was the primary recruiter for four of the Mustangs' commitments and was heavily involved in getting a number of others. His biggest get was future Mustang signal-caller Darrell Colbert, a three-star quarterback out of Houston Lamar. Phillips was also responsible for getting commitments from Braylon Hyder, Kyran Mitchell and Shelby Walker. Jordan Ingram and Darius Durall also committed to SMU after Phillips helped in their recruitment.
Robert Prunty, Cincinnati
Buzz: Prunty was the driving force behind Cincinnati's recruiting class that finished fifth in the AAC. At least seven recruits were heavily influence by Prunty. Defensive tackle Hakeem Allonce, wide receiver Casey Gladney, offensive lineman Ja'Merez Bowen, athlete Tyrell Gilbert, defensive end Kimoni Fitz and defensive backs Odell Spencer and Linden Stephens signed thanks mostly to Prunty's efforts.
David Reaves, USF
Buzz: Reaves was heavily involved in the recruitment of multiple USF commits. Linebacker Josh Black and offensive lineman Zach Hudson were Reaves' main targets. He also helped recruit wide receiver Stanley Clerveaux, linebacker Juwuan Brown and defensive back Mazzi Wilkins. Reaves was a key part of helping USF get the top-ranked recruiting class in the AAC.
Joe Rossi, Rutgers
Buzz: Rutgers had a tough year of recruiting, and with changes to the coaching staff, it was even harder to keep a number of their commits on board until Signing Day. One of the bright spots was the effort by Rossi to keep some of their defensive recruits from de-committing. Rossi was the primary recruiter for three-star defensive end Donald Bedell, three-star defensive back Saquan Hampton and three-star linebacker Sidney Gopre. During his time as the interim defensive coordinator, Rossi was charged with aiding the other assistant coaches in keeping recruits committed.
Zac Spavital, Houston
Buzz: Simply put, Houston's class would not be the same if Spavital was not on staff. The Houston cornerback coach was responsible for getting 10 commitments. Spavital was directly involved in the recruitment of five defensive backs, two defensive linemen, one offensive lineman, one running back and one linebacker. The defensive back group includes Garrett Davis, Tarrin Mitchell, Joeal Williams, Khalil Williams and Howard Wilson.
Tyson Summers, UCF
Buzz: Summers helped UCF get nearly half of their 17 commitments in the 2014 recruiting cycle. The UCF linebacker coach got commitments from players at six different positions and four of them were three-star prospects. Offensive lineman Chavis Dickey, quarterback Tyler Harris, defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman and defensive back Chris Williams were the three-star recruits. Summers also helped recruit two-stars Jordan Franks, Wyatt Miller and A.J. Wooten
Lamar Thomas, Louisville
Buzz: After moving to Louisville from Western Kentucky with new coach Bobby Petrino, Thomas helped keep nine current commitments in the class, including Charles Standberry, Zykiesis Cannon and others. Thomas helped Louisville land a pair of wide receivers in the final two days of the recruiting cycle, Javonte Bagley from Vero Beach (Fla.) and former three-star Wisconsin commit Cornelius Sturghill.



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