BEST IN THE BUSINESS. This is your friendly reminder that Mark Pantoni is the absolute best in the nation at his job, and that ain't just my professional homerism talking. My good pal Ari Wasserman (and also Bruce Feldman, but I don't know him like that) of The Athletic spoke to recruiting coordinators across the country to try to determine which one was the best, and Pantoni basically lapped the rest of the field. 1. Mark Pantoni, director of player personnel, Ohio State Total survey points: 20 Started at Ohio State: 2012 ... What Pantoni’s peers are saying: • “To maintain that level of organization at a pressure-cooker of a school like Ohio State is just unbelievable.” • “Mark Pantoni’s national track record through multiple staffs is undeniable, and he is the undisputed top dog in the space. Ohio State doesn’t make many mistakes, are in sync as a staff and always close well.” • “I admire him and his ability to work on multiple staffs and keep that consistency. He’s whatever you want to call it, the OG, the lead guy in our profession, our little pocket of college football. He is a great person. He’s always willing to help young people. And he’s a great evaluator. He is a man of conviction and confidence. He is able to stand on the table for a guy he believes in and doesn’t back down from assistants. He has high emotional intelligence. He just gets it. No matter where he is at, whether it is at Ohio State or the 125th-ranked team, he’d make a difference.” • “Mark is ‘The Godfather.’ His influence can be seen across all corners of college football.” • “I value consistency and stability and have chased that my entire career, and he’s the definition of both.” Allow me to put those 20 "total survey points" in perspective: second place had 15.5, and there was a three-way tie for third place with each of them getting six total points. This wasn't even close. Nobody's touching "The Godfather." I'm just glad he's on my side.