How did the chaotic carousel of college football coaches affect the day of signing? Michigan, Texas and others who benefited the most – The Athletic


This year’s Coaching Carousel was an unprecedented event, given the number of important programs that had to hire and all the unexpected mayhem that happened along the way. It’s over for now. Temple officially hiring Stan Drayton on Wednesday means every vacancy has been filled.

The ripple effects of all this craziness and change were easy to spot on day one of the early signing period. LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Oregon all opened in the same year, clearly had a disruptive impact on the 2022 recruiting cycle. It’s too many programs with a solid recruiting reputation that upsets things at the same time. This meant that many coaches were scrambling to keep their classes together and just as many were trying to move in and use the uncertainty to change who they want.

There have been nearly 100 releases during this cycle in schools that have laid off or lost their head coaches. Among the top 1000 rookies of 247Sports Composite, 73 have announced withdrawals following changes of coaches. Because of their importance, we include Clemson’s IMG Academy trio in that number, three defensive engagements among the top 100 who retired after longtime defensive coordinator Brent Venables left for Oklahoma. But if you counted all the players whose decisions were influenced or changed by coordinators and assistants performing moves… well, that number becomes well over 100.

Among the 73 recruits, there were still 21 unsigned and available Wednesday evening. Domani Jackson, CJ Williams and TreVonte ‘Citizen are the biggest names on this list, but many more could become in high demand if they’re willing to wait until February to sign. They are sure to have plenty of newly hired coaches vying for their signings.