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Which Second-Year College Football Coaches Are Winning and Losing in Recruiting?

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Which Second-Year College Football Coaches Are Winning and Losing in Recruiting?
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It's hard to judge a coach on his first recruiting class.

The recruiting cycle lives for 365 days a year, and with so many coaches accepting jobs at the tail end of the calendar, their first class is instead referred to as a "half" and often given a mulligan if it's bad or an asterisk if it's good.

The second class, however, is different. This time, new head coaches are given a full cycle to parse through the masses and search for "their guys." They get to flex their recruiting muscles for the first time in their new position, setting the tone for how their program will recruit during their tenure.

Many of these second-year coaches moved up into their new position, getting promoted from a lesser conference or program to a bigger one. For them, this is their first full chance to prove that they belong with the bigger boys, that they can hang against the teams that reign their league.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Or, in this case, to make a first full one.

 

Note: All-star rankings, class rankings and class scores courtesy of the 247Sports composite.

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