Jeff Traylor is a rising star in the coaching profession, and the Texas Longhorns tight ends coach is also earning recognition as one of the nation's top recruiters. Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN listed his top five recruiters for 2017 so far, and Traylor cracks the list at No. 5. He's lured in three ESPN 300 commits so far, including No. 57 Lagaryonn Carson, a defensive end from Texarkana.
Here's what Crabtree had to say about Traylor:
Traylor has successfully made the transition from legendary high school coach in East Texas to one of the best recruiters in the Big 12 and in the nation. Traylor did yeoman's work for Texas in the 2016 class and has gotten off to a tremendous start in the 2017 class, especially with the addition of Carson out of Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana. Carson fills a significant need for the Horns in the 2017 class as an impact prospect that could play early. Getting ESPN 300 tight end Major Tennison (No. 241) also filled a key position for Texas, and the addition of ESPN 300 receiver Damion Miller (No. 153) helped the Horns get off to a big start at that spot, too.
Nationally, the only coaches to finish above Traylor were Alabama's Tosh Lupoi, Oklahoma's Kerry Cooks, and Ohio State's Tony Alford and Kerry Coombs. However, all sport the same number of ESPN 300 recruits as Traylor, with three each.
There are more than 270 days until signing day 2017, but Traylor is well on his way to helping the 'Horns bring in another top 10 class.