I’ll give you Kelly (which was a weird move for him, but I guess he’d run his course at ND). Lane Kiffin was not one of the top 10 coaches in America when Ole Miss hired him. Still isn’t. Neither is Freeze (who comes with tons of baggage). And Franklin wasn’t at Vanderbilt. I acknowledged USC hiring Riley.
It takes some luck, unusual circumstances, and/or willingness to accept baggage like Freeze’s to make a hire like that. But I’m also not a huge believer in “the home run hire” as much as having an AD who can identify the right guy for your program who then becomes a home run. Like Heupel, Dabo, or Kirby.