2. He’s a younger coach who’s an elite recruiter
Programs that have been in the market for a new coach in recent years have to have two major things on their checklist:
- Younger candidate
- Excellent recruiter
If a coach fits one of those and not the other, it’s likely a deal-breaker. If he fits both, it’s usually a great hire. For Oregon, the fact that Dan Lanning is just 35 years old and one of the better young recruiters on Georgia’s staff had to be a major selling point.
In fact, he has been the lead or secondary recruiter for some of the biggest names currently at Georgia and this should ease the minds of Oregon fans.
Lanning knows how to recruit and he’s helped Georgia land some of the biggest names in college football over the past few cycles. Just like Mario Cristobal, Lanning is a top-tier recruiter but he may actually be a better Xs and Os coach if he’s paired with the right offensive coordinator.
I’m not too worried about who he brings in as a defensive coordinator because he’s good enough in that regard that it shouldn’t matter, but a good offensive coordinator could make Oregon elite.
A staff of solid recruiters led by a young, relatable head coach who can recruit at a high level? Yes, please.