While the college football recruitment process is between the student-athlete and the college coaches, no one knows more about how both sides work than a high school coach.
To gain some insight into the secret world of recruiting, the Star-Telegram surveyed Metroplex high school coaches on their experiences with the recruiting process.
We asked a dozen high school coaches which programs were the easiest and hardest to work with and how programs succeeded or failed.
According to the coaches polled, Texas A&M recruiting coordinator David Beaty is far and away considered the best recruiter in the Metroplex and Texas — followed closely by TCU — is the best program to work with.
The coaches said Texas A&M is the most popular school among their players right now, followed by Baylor. However, TCU received the most recognition for having a pipeline set up at Metroplex schools.
Ultimately, coaches are there to advise their players on a decision that will affect at least the next four years of their life. Because of that, the overwhelming advice coaches say they give their players is to choose a school for everything besides football because coaches come and go and programs change.
Here is what the high school coaches had to say about the college programs they deal with:
3. Baylor, UTEP, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas Tech, Iowa, Rice, SMU, Midwestern, Oklahoma, Louisiana-Monroe
1. North Texas
2. SMU, Kansas
3. Kentucky, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, Houston (Kevin Sumlin)
1. Texas A&M
3. Oregon, TCU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Texas
2. Oregon, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Rice
Best: 1. TCU, 2. Texas, Baylor
Worst: Texas because of access; Baylor was very secretive toward offensive players.
2. Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State, UTEP
1. David Beaty (Texas A&M)
2. Bobby Kennedy (Iowa)
3. John Shoop (Purdue), Luke Wells (Utah State), Dave Steckel (Missouri), Bruce Chambers (Texas), Doug Meacham (TCU, formerly Oklahoma State), Chad Morris (Clemson)
3. UNT, Texas Tech