Coaching changes are always part of the game in college football, and programs are always looking for ways to improve their staffs, both on the field and in recruiting.
Despite the challenges from COVID-19 restrictions, the coaching carousel spun as usual and some teams were able to add important hires.
The impact on recruiting with these hires was as important as ever, as teams have been in a created dead period for over a year. Finding coaches who can help elevate recruiting in a challenging environment is not easy, but there are already some new coaches making big impacts for their new teams.
Here is a look at recent hires already adding to the recruiting efforts for their new programs.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien
It's difficult to add to what head coach Nick Saban does on the recruiting trail since his name carries so much weight. But given the amount of staff turnover Saban sees each offseason, there is definite pressure for new coaches coming in to live up to the expectations and keep recruiting at a consistent level.
O'Brien is coming from the Houston Texans, and his experience in the NFL is carrying some weight for offensive prospects targeted by Alabama. O'Brien locked in on ESPN 300 quarterback Ty Simpson, the No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2022 class, and Simpson said he and O'Brien spoke regularly throughout his recruitment and that O'Brien was a big part of his decision.