Coaching changes are common in college football, and this year looks to be no different.
Numerous high-profile jobs will be up for grabs, led by the opening at Michigan following the resignation of
Several other programs appear to be on the verge of making a change, which will have a big effect on recruiting.
In addition to that huge change in the Big Ten, the Big 12 should have some new faces next season. It seems to be only a matter of time until Nebraska's
Coaching vacancies and uncertainty about the future can devastate a recruiting class. Several of these schools have commitments from big-time prospects they will want to keep through whatever transition period occurs. The decisions made by athletic directors at these schools in the coming weeks and months will go a long way toward determining where many of the nation's top high school seniors go to school.
Texas A&M has the No. 11 class in the nation with 24 commitments, nine of whom are rated as four-star prospects. If a change is made, the new staff will have to get to work soon to hold on to the top recruits. Athlete
The good news for Texas A&M is that the rest of the recruiting class appears to be solid. Even if some of the aforementioned prospects go elsewhere, this still has the makings of a good class.
Michigan has 16 commitments, all from quality prospects. Perhaps more would be on board were it not for speculation about Carr that took place during the season.
At this point, Michigan looks to be in better shape with its commitments than most of these other schools. All are classified as solid, but we will have to gauge their reaction to Carr's retirement as other schools swoop in and the coaching search begins.
Nebraska, which currently has the nation's No. 13 class, already has felt the effects of uncertainty. Five-star quarterback
A bit of good news came with the commitment of elite junior college defensive end
While no one knows for certain what Nutt's fate will be at Arkansas, the rumors are impossible to ignore. That hasn't stopped the Hogs from putting together the nation's No. 21 class so far.
The Hogs look to be in good shape with their three top recruits -- running back
There's nothing to indicate that linebacker
Recruiting is a tough business for coaches. For programs without a coach, the difficulty is magnified ten-fold. Aside from the concerns that will arise in a prospect's mind, rival coaches smell blood and go in for the kill. Many won't hesitate to bring a school's issues to light.
It may be easier to convince in-state prospects that have committed to stay on board after a coaching change. By and large, those recruits like the idea of staying close to home. But out-of-state recruits can be tricky cases, as many of these schools will discover.
Coaching changes obviously affect the programs directly involved, but they also have an impact on other programs. Other schools will be interested in getting their foot in the door with prospects -- players they hope will give them a second look.