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The SEC's best recruiters, Part I

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Selecting the best recruiters in the SEC is like selecting your favorite golf holes at Augusta National.

There are so many. How do you choose?

After talking to coaches around the league, recruiting analysts, recruiting buffs and doing our own research on who's recruited who over the years, we've come up with a Top 25 list.

Keep in mind that these are assistants only. Head coaches are not included in this list, although Alabama's Nick Saban and Florida's Urban Meyer would be the top two if we did include head coaches.

The most underrated recruiter as a head coach in the SEC has to be LSU's Les Miles. The Tigers are well on their way to the No. 1 recruiting class in the country this year.

And in each of the past three years, LSU has finished 11th or higher nationally in the rankings compiled by ESPN's Scouts Inc. The only other SEC school that can claim that distinction is Florida.

We'll start the countdown with Nos. 11-25. Check back Wednesday morning, and we'll unveil Nos. 1-10 of the best recruiters in the SEC:

  • 25. Jon Fabris, Georgia defensive ends coach

  • 24. Shane Beamer, South Carolina recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and safeties coach

  • 23. Curtis Luper, Auburn running backs coach

  • 22. Charlie Fisher, Vanderbilt passing game co-coordinator and receivers coach

  • 21. Paul Petrino, Arkansas offensive coordinator and receivers coach

  • 20. Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss recruiting coordinator and running backs coach

  • 19. Mike Bobo, Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

  • 18. Robbie Caldwell, Vanderbilt assistant head coach and offensive line coach

  • 17. Kirby Smart, Alabama defensive coordinator and secondary coach

  • 16. Eddie Gran, Tennessee special teams coordinator and running backs coach

  • 15. Tony Hughes, Mississippi State defensive assistant

  • 14. Frank Wilson, Tennessee receivers coach

  • 13. Billy Gonzales, Florida recruiting coordinator and receivers coach

  • 12. D.J. McCarthy, LSU receivers coach

  • 11. Lorenzo Ward, South Carolina defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach