National Signing Day 2013: Ranking Top Recruiters of the Year

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2013

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide receiver coach Mike Groh talks with quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The head coaches of programs tend to get the most publicity when a strong recruiting class is built, but, in reality, it takes many people working together to land some of the top high school stars in the country.

That being said, there are some people working behind-the-scenes that contribute a great deal. Whether they have NFL experience or have simply made a name for themselves in college football, these are the men who don't get a lot of credit, but deserve plenty.

Here's a look at my top five recruiters of 2013.


5. Greg Mattison, Michigan

Greg Mattison backed up his success in 2012 with yet another strong showing in 2013.

The former defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who has made quite the name for himself throughout the years, was largely responsible for notching 4-star athlete Dymonte Thomas in 2013 among others, per ESPN.

Michigan came away with the No. 5 overall class in the nation as a result, according to


4. Rodney Garner, Auburn

Rodney Garner not only convinced 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson to stick with Auburn, he also helped land 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

In fact, Garner's move from Georgia to Auburn in the offseason was key in Adams deciding to join the Tigers. When a 5-star recruit follows a recruiter around, you know that recruiter is doing something right.


3. Mike Groh, Alabama

Mike Groh was largely responsible for 5-star offensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, 4-star defensive tackle Dee Liner and 4-star running back Altee Tenpenny.

Groh also had a hand in the recruitment of 5-star receiver Robert Foster, although that was more of a team effort on the part of the Crimson Tide.


2. Mike Vrabel, Ohio State

The Buckeyes came away with the No. 2 overall class in the nation this year (according to and a lot of that had to do with Mike Vrabel, the three-time Super Bowl champion from Ohio State.

First of all, Vrabel convinced 4-star cornerback Gareon Conley to spurn rival Michigan for Ohio State. 

He also helped land 4-star defensive tackles Joey Bosa, Michael Hill and Billy Price, as well as 4-star defensive end Tyquan Lewis and 3-star defensive end Tracy Sprinkle.


1. Chris Kiffin, Ole Miss

While it was undoubtedly a team effort for Ole Miss to notch the No. 6 overall class in the nation, Chris Kiffin was heavily involved in landing No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and No. 4 recruit Laremy Tunsil.

He had to pry Nkemdiche away from LSU and Florida and Tunsil away from favored Georgia and defending champion Alabama.

Not bad, considering the Rebels went 7-6 last season, including losses to Alabama, Georgia and LSU.


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