Oregon takes four of top five spots in Pac-12's assistant recruiter rankings
As the calendar year changes over, coaching staffs around the country are taking stock of their 2023 recruiting class and mapping out what needs to be done between now and the February signing period.
With the advent of the Early Signing Period in December, classes are filling up earlier than ever. Half of the Pac-12 has 20 commitments at this point. (Arizona State and Colorado are also nearing 20 transfer commitments each.)
So who have been the best recruiters in the conference to this point?
The folks at 247Sports track recruiter rankings around college football. Here’s the Pac-12’s Top 10 as it currently stands:
- Tosh Lupoi, Oregon defensive coordinator
- Junior Adams, Oregon WR coach
- Demetrice Martin, Oregon CB coach
- Julius Brown, Washington CB coach
- Adrian Klemm, Oregon OL coach
- Jim Harding, Utah OL coach
- Dennis Simmons, USC WR coach
- Josh Henson, USC OL coach
- Donte Williams, USC CB coach
- JaMarcus Shepherd, Washington WR coach
Oregon currently holds four of the top five spots. This was a staff assembled by first-year head coach Dan Lanning to do exactly that — clean up on the trail.
Lupoi was the primary recruiter in Oregon’s pursuit of 5-star edge rusher Matayo Uiagalelei and 4-star edge Blake Purchase. He’s also the only Pac-12 assistant who ranks top-25 nationally.
Adams took the lead in the recruitment of 5-star wideout Jurrion Dickey, 4-star athlete Kenyon Sadiq, and 4-star wideout Ashton Cozart. All three players ranked as top-200 prospects in the class. Adams has also already helped to add a pair of 4-star and top-100 wideouts to the 2024 class.
Martin was the lead recruiter in Oregon’s pursuit of 4-star corner Daylen Austin. The former LSU commit and top-150 prospect was a surprise flip during the Early Signing Period.
Further down the rankings, USC has a trio of assistants in the backend of the top 10.
Simmons took the lead in the recruitment of 5-star wideout Makai Lemon and 4-star wideout Ja’Kobi Lane. He helped in the recruitment of 5-star wideout Zachariah Branch, but it was Williams who served as the primary recruiter for the national No. 5 prospect.
Williams was the only coach retained by Lincoln Riley from the previous regime. He’s been an ace recruiter in the state of California for USC for years. He joined the program ahead of the 2020 season and spent the next three years as the Pac-12’s top-ranked recruiter.
A top-10 finish for the 2023 class will give him four straight.