SEC's top recruiters (cont.)
Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 2:30PM; Updated: Tuesday February 20, 2007 10:04AM
Doc Holliday, Florida: Nationally renowned for his ability to recruit, Holliday was responsible for the Gators' success in South Florida during this recruiting cycle. He was the recruiter of record for Rivals100 wide receiver Deonte Thompson and Rivals100 safety Major Wright. Holliday also signed Broward County standouts Bo Williams (Oakland Park Northeast) and Moses Jenkins (Boyd Anderson).
Hugh Nall, Auburn: Nall was the recruiter of record for offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and quarterback Kodi Burns, the top two prospects from the state of Arkansas. It's tough to pull one elite in-state prospect away from the Razorbacks, much less two. Nall also continued the pipeline from Nashville's Brentwood Academy to Auburn with the signing of defensive end A.J. Greene.
David Reaves, South Carolina: In his first year as recruiting coordinator, the 28-year-old Reaves led an effort that saw the Gamecocks sign the best class in school history. He also was the recruiter of record for several of South Carolina's top recruits, including Rivals100 defensive end Cliff Matthews, Rivals100 quarterback Stephen Garcia, Rivals100 offensive tackle Quintin Richardson and four-star athletes Mark Barnes and Joseph Hills.
Kevin Steele, Alabama: The Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year for the Class of 2005 while at Florida State, Steele joined new Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa in time to assist in an effort that saw Alabama land the nation's No. 10 class. Steele signed six players out of the Birmingham area -- including Hoover defensive tackle Josh Chapman, who was committed to Auburn.
Charlie Strong, Florida: Known for his ability to coordinate a defense and lead current players, Strong showed that he is a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. He single-handedly pulled five-star defensive end Carlos Dunlap out of South Carolina. Strong also held off a strong push from Notre Dame to sign four-star linebacker Lorenzo Edwards from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater. It's just another reason that Strong will be a great head coach some day.
Trooper Taylor, Tennessee: One of the country's top recruiters, Taylor was a big reason that the Vols finished with the SEC's second-ranked class. He was the recruiter of record for Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside cornerback Eric Berry, the top prospect at that position in the country. Taylor also dipped into the state of Texas to sign Rivals100 running back Lennon Creer and signed four-star receiver Ahmad Paige and four-star defensive tackle Rolando Melancon out of Louisiana.