The college football experts at ESPN Recruiting Nation ranked the 65 jobs in the Power 5 conferences based on difficulty to recruit.
Five factors were considered in the rankings: local recruiting territory; football/recruiting budget; facilities to attract recruits; NFL alumni; and other factors, including gameday atmosphere, academics and tradition.
The programs were ranked from the easiest to toughest jobs, and it may not surprise you that the University of Kentucky is near the bottom.
Mark Stoops’ current position came in at No. 54 on the list, making it the 12th toughest job among all Power 5 programs. Only Vanderbilt was worse in the Southeastern Conference.
Meanwhile, seven of the top 20 were SEC schools, with Georgia earning the top position for the most fertile spot to recruit.
With these rankings it mind, it says a lot about Stoops’ first three classes in Lexington, which ranked well beyond where Kentucky falls on this list. Say what you will about his coaching, coaching hires or in-game adjustments, but the man is doing well with what he has at UK when it comes to bringing in talent.
So he’s got that going for him.