Coaches who must recruit better

Chris Petersen, Washington: At Boise State, Petersen's "OKG" (Our Kinda Guy) formula helped the Broncos win a lot of games with players who were under-recruited but developed into gems. Petersen has kept that as the foundation of what he does at Washington, but there is a different level of talent in the Pac-12. Petersen and his staff are going to have to their fair share of recruiting battles to compete with Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC and fast-rising Arizona and Arizona State. Some of the most important battles he must win are right in his backyard, with five prospects from Washington in the ESPN Junior 300. The biggest prize is quarterback Jacob Eason, the No. 4 player overall, but the competition from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and countless others is going to be stiff. Washington is right in the thick of things for other top in-state targets, such as running back Isaiah Gilchrist, defensive end Isaac Garcia and safety Taylor Rapp.

Mark Richt, Georgia: For all that Richt has done right at Georgia, there's always enormous pressure to win big with in-state prospects. The difficult task for Richt and his staff at Georgia is to keep elite players away from all the surrounding SEC and ACC programs that are just a stone's throw away from the Bulldogs' recruiting base. In some years Richt has done better than others, but many recruiting observers have noticed the Dawgs' grip on the best players from the Peach State has slipped away over the past few classes, including 2015, as five of the top eight prospects have picked out-of-state programs. That makes 2016 a big year for Richt. The good news is the talent is there for the taking. There are 35 Georgia prospects in the ESPN Junior 300, with the biggest prizes being No. 16 prospect  Mecole Hardman, an athlete, and wide receiver  Demetris Robertson, who is ranked No. 28.

Charlie Strong, Texas: Strong has been dogged by negativity on the recruiting trail since he arrived in Austin. The biggest reasons: His recruiting style just isn't the same as former coach Mack Brown's, and Texas A&M continues to haul in the top prospects in the Lone Star State. Strong looks like he's going to continue to stick to his guns and find players who fit his style and scheme, but he must do a better job of luring top Texans to the Forty Acres in the 2016 class. There's a good chance five of the top 10 2015 players in Texas will end up in College Station, and offensive tackle  Greg Little, the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2016 class, has already committed to the Aggies. But there still is enough talent in the 2016 class for Strong to reverse A&M's stranglehold on the recruiting trail. There are seven Texans in the top 40, including No. 7 Deontay Anderson and No. 8 Brandon Jones, who are both safeties, and 40 total prospects in the ESPN Junior 300. Strong and his assistants have spent a lot of effort recruiting 2016 prospects, and with the amount of talent in the Longhorns' backyard, there's tremendous pressure to turn things around.

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