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National Signing Day - 2012 Recruiting Coaches of the Year College Recruiting

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National Signing Day - 2012 Recruiting Coaches of the Year

Courtesy: Barry Every / National Underclassmen Combine
          Release: February 01, 2012
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The NUC Baker's Dozen
It takes more than one coach on a staff to help his school have a successful class. The Head Coach must take an active role in recruiting and the assistant coaches must work closely together in order to gain the signatures of elite prospects. As the 2012 Signing Class comes to an end the National Underclassmen would like to recognize the top recruiting coaches in the country. We looked for coaches that not only gained large numbers of signature but signed players that were going to help win football games. Each coach started the season and finished the drill with his respective school.
Dameyune Craig
QB Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Florida State (ACC)
Age: 37
Alma Mater: Auburn
Interesting Fact: Set an NFL Europe record for passing yards in a game (611) with the Scottish Claymores.
Players Recruited: Chris Casher, Ukeme Eligwe, Justin Shanks, and Jameis Winston.
Barry's Comments: Did an incredible job stealing elite prospects from the state of Alabama; something that is near impossible to do.
Mike Denbrock
TE Coach, Notre Dame (IND)
Age: 48
Alma Mater: Grand Valley State
Interesting Fact: Denbrock was a graduate assistant coach with Coach Kelly at Grand Valley State in 1987.
Players Recruited: KeiVarae Russell, Tee Shepard, and Ronnie Stanley.
Barry's Comments: Denbrock spearheaded the West invasion for the Fighting Irish.
D.J. Durkin
LB Coach/Special Teams, Florida (SEC)
Age: 32
Alma Mater: Bowling Green State
Interesting Fact: Was presented the Ken Shoeni Award as a player at BGSU which goes to the player that shows the best toughness and character.
Players Recruited: Jonathan Ballard, Rhaheim Ledbetter, Alex McCalister, Dante Phillips, and Jeremi Powell.
Barry's Comments: Stealing Ballard out of the heart of ACC country will pay dividends early for the Gators.
Jim Gush
LB Coach, Baylor (Big 12)
Age: 53
Alma Mater: Bucknell
Interesting Fact: He had a (29-7) record as head coach of Garden City Community College for 1996-98.
Players Recruited: Dominique Banks, Terrell Burt, Corey Coleman, Kiante Griffin, Jamal Palmer, and Ryan Reid.
Barry's Comments: Gush found some of the top sleepers from the Lone Star State.
Jeff Hafley
DB Coach, Rutgers (Big East)
Age: 32
Alma Mater: Siena College
Interesting Fact: Hafley coached current New York Jet, Darrelle Revis, during his senior year at Pitt.
Players Recruited: Leonte Carroo, Davon Jacobs, Steven Longa, and Julian Pinnix-Odrick.
Barry's Comments: Hafley did an incredible job of keeping some of the top instate talent home.
Mark Hagen
DT Coach/Special Teams Coach, Indiana (Big 10)
Age: 42
Alma Mater: Indiana
Interesting Fact: Hagen was named Academic All-Big Ten three times during his playing career.
Players Recruited: Tevin Coleman, Kevin Davis, Ralphael Green, Nick Mangieri, Wes Rogers, Jason Spriggs, and Jordan Wallace.
Barry's Comments: I applaud Coach Hagen for hitting the Hoosier State hard while also snagging one of the best from Illinois.
Jay Hill
CB Coach/Special Teams Coach, Utah (PAC 10)
Age: 36
Alma Mater: Utah
Interesting Fact: In 1999 he led the MWC with interceptions and earned Second Team All-MWC.
Players Recruited: J.J. Dielman, Chase Hansen, Austin Lee, Zach Lindsay, and Cedrick Poutasi.
Barry's Comments: Gaining the signature of Hansen is worth something by itself, but adding Poutasi from Nevada was just icing on the cake.
Fred Jackson
RB Coach, Michigan (Big 10)
Age: 60
Alma Mater: Jackson State
Interesting Fact: He was named National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2001.
Players Recruited: Devin Funchess, Matthew Godin, Drake Jackson, Royce Jenkins-Stone, and Mario Ojemudia.
Barry's Comments: Jackson proved you're never too old to help your school dominate its own state in recruiting.
Ed Orgeron
DL Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, USC (PAC 10)
Age: 50
Alma Mater: Northwestern State
Interesting Fact: Coach "O" was on the Miami coaching staff that won the 1989 and 1991 National Championship.
Players Recruited: Gerald Bowman, Mark Breslin, Jahleel Pinner, Jordan Simmons, and Max Tuerk.
Barry's Comments: Orgeron went out and got some immediate help while securing the offensive line for years to come.
Jeremy Pruitt
DB Coach, Alabama (SEC)
Age: 37
Alma Mater: West Alabama
Interesting fact: While an assistant coach at Hoover, AL they won the 2004 and 2005 State Championship in Alabama's largest classification.
Players Recruited: Ryan Anderson, Chris Black, Tyler Hayes, Alphonse Taylor, Eddie Williams, and T.J. Yeldon.
Barry's Comments: Pruitt stole two of the best from the Sunshine State and then crushed Auburn by gaining the signature of T.J. Yeldon.
Robert Prunty
DE Coach, Texas Tech (Big 12)
Age: 47
Alma Mater: Alabama A&M
Interesting Fact: While Head Coach at Hargrave Military Academy he coached 27 players that made it to the NFL.
Players Recruited: Lee Adams, Michael Awe, Bruce James, LaDarius Newbold, Michael Starts, Austin Stewart, and Kris Williams.
Barry's Comments: Coach Prunty grabbed some immediate help from the JUCO market and gained the signatures of two of the best players in the State.
Lorenzo Ward
Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach, South Carolina (SEC)
Age: 44
Alma Mater: Alabama
Interesting fact: Ward was named the Sporting News Special Teams Player of the Year in 1989.
Players Recruited: Mike Davis, Chaz Elder, Kyle Fleetwood, Joe Harris, T.J. Holloman, Carlos Hood, Rico McWilliams, Chris Moody, and Jhaustin Thomas.
Barry's Comments: South Carolina produces good football players, but lacks the overall numbers. So Coach Ward dipped into the neighboring Peach State and pillaged the village.
Chip West
CB Coach, Virginia (ACC)
Age: 41
Alma Mater: Livingstone
Interesting Fact: West was on the 2004 James Madison Staff that won the I-AA Championship.
Players Recruited: Mark Hall, Eli Harold, Kwontie Moore, Michael Moore, Kye Morgan, Canaan Severin, and Courtnye Wynn.
Barry's Comments: Coach West nailed down the instate talent, while dipping into some of the top talent in surrounding states.
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