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.
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.