Jeff Scott honored as Rivals top-25 recruiter for second time in three years

Tennessee's Tommy Thigpen recruiter of the year; former Clemson OC Billy Napier makes list for Alabama

Clemson football recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott points to a board listing the Tigers' 2014 NCAA college football class on national signing day at a press conference in Clemson, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson football recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott points to a board listing the Tigers' 2014 NCAA college football class on national signing day at a press conference in Clemson, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Clemson recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott has been named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com.

It is the second consecutive year Scott has been among the top 25 recruiters nationally according to the national website.

Scott became Clemson’s recruiting coordinator in 2010 and Clemson has had a top 20 recruiting class each season. That includes a top 10 class in 2012 and 2013 and a top 15 class this year.

According the Rivals story:

The Tigers needed to reload at receiver with the departures of Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. So it was their good fortune that their best recruiter oversees recruitment of that position. Scott wasn't their area recruiter, but he played a leading role in securing four-stars Artavis Scott, Trevion Thompson and Demarre Kitt. Scott did reel in another pass-catcher in tight end Milan Richard, and his efforts also served significantly in Clemson holding onto five-star quarterback Deshaun Watson during his two-year commitment. There are no moral victories in recruiting, but it's also worth noting Scott positioned Clemson as contenders till the end for a pair of five-stars as well in Raekwon McMillan (Ohio State) and Josh Malone (Tennessee).

Tennessee's Tommy Thigpen, who played a role in landing 17 of the Vols' 31 signees, was named national recruiter of the year.

ACC assistant coaches on the top-25 list include Florida State's Lawrence Dawsey and Odell Haggins, and Virginia's Chip West.

Dawsey was responsible for the nation's top-rated class of wide receivers, including Travis Rudoph, Ermon Lane and Javon Harrison. Haggins landed a pair of highly-ranked defensive tackles in Derrick Nnandi and Demarcus Christmas. Despite Virginia's 2-10 season, West helped the Cavaliers hang onto five-star early commitments Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown.

Florida State was one of five schools who placed two coaches on the list. They include Alabama (Billy Napier and Kirby Smart), LSU (Corey Raymond and Frank Wilson), Notre Dame (Kerry Cooks and Harry Hiestand) and Ohio State (Zach Smith and Ed Warriner).

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