Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Recreation and Sport Management


College of Science

First Advisor

Nicholas Schlereth


This research paper will explore the recruiting aspect of college football and its importance regarding the overall success of the team. The introduction will inform the reader of the recruiting aspect of college football and the basics of the recruiting world. Following this will be a section discussing schools within the Power Five conferences (more specifically the Big Twelve, Pacific-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference) including their recruiting budgets that lead to fruitful results based on the talented recruits that they pull in. After an examination of these schools, the following section will discuss schools in the Group of Five conferences (more specifically the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West, and the Sun Belt Conference) including their recruiting budgets and the caliber of recruits that they are able to obtain with fewer resources. To determine a team’s success based around these recruits, win-loss records, individual statistics, and bowl success will be considered. In this paper there will also be a section dedicated to the monetary value of football recruits and the value that they bring to the school by committing. Recruiting violations will be discussed in this paper, as this has altered the world of college football over the years. The conclusion will review the paper and the main points of the research, reassuring the idea that college football recruiting is a mixed bag of results and has various results scattered across the various conferences and schools involved.