New coaches' first recruiting classes are very hard to compile.
Coaches must assemble their staffs while trying to keep current commits and add more. The miss rate is high because they have so little time to evaluate prospects.
But Florida State's Willie Taggart and Florida's Dan Mullen seemed to handle the transition well. Their classes were tops among new coaches.
FSU's class finished 11th – a remarkable turnaround from where it was two months ago. That haul included 13 blue-chip prospects. That's one more than FSU signed last year.
The Gators finished 14th with a dozen blue-chip recruits (also one more than 2017).
A quick look at how that stacks up to other programs with new coaching staffs (with all data from 247Sports' composite rankings):
Florida State: No. 11 class, 13 blue-chip prospects
Florida: No. 14 class, 12 blue-chip prospects
Oregon: No. 16 class, 11 blue-chip prospects
Texas A&M: No. 17 class, 13 blue-chip prospects
Tennessee: No. 20 class, 8 blue-chip prospects
Nebraska: No. 22 class, 6 blue-chip prospects
Mississippi State: No. 27 class, 6 blue-chip prospects
Ole Miss: No. 31 class, 3 blue-chip prospects
Arizona State: No. 37 class, 2 blue-chip prospects
Arkansas: No. 55 class, 2 blue-chip prospects
Arizona: No. 58 class, 0 blue-chip prospects
Oregon State: No. 69 class, 0 blue-chip prospects
UCF: No. 72 class (fourth in the AAC), 0 blue-chip prospects