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The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Tight ends. Apparently, head coach Dan Enos thinks the team needs more options for the offense with four tight ends coming in to go along with Jason Wilson and some nice wide receivers. Ben McCord, Blake Serpa, and Ben Randle are good pickups, but there should be some moving around of positions. The spotlight, though, will be on QB Alex Niznak, a 6-4, 225-pound passer who could get a long, long look right away. Defensive tackle was a target led by 6-1, 300-pound Shafer Johnson.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 112. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The defensive
front seven. New head man Dan Enos had roughly ten
minutes to work, and it showed with a mediocre class
that will need some developing. The one positive
area was up front on defense with Kevin Henry a
near-certain all star end with the potential to bulk
up into a tackle. Caleb Southworth is a nice speed
rushing prospect, while linebackers Tyler Lombardo,
Andy Phillips, and Nores Fradi will be a big deal in
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 75. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Running backs. The idea is to get as many good athletes as possible and find positions for them, and the Chippewas have brought in four good backs, led by the small, but speedy, Malek Redd, along with two good receivers in Cody Wilson and Ronny Kennedy who aren’t all that big, but can be used in a variety of ways.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Cornerback. The last two classes focused on the defense, with the 2009 haul loading up on defensive back. This class is trying to get more pop for the offense with a few decent quarterback prospects, led by JUCO transfer Sean Reilly, and the star of the entire class is JUCO linebacker Princeton Jackson, but the best position is corner. Fred Wilson and safety-sized Brandon Baker promising for down the line, while JUCO transfer Kenneth Spigner has to make a splash right away.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 100. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Key defensive
linemen. Bobby Hauck didn't have much time to put
together the recruiting class he might have wanted,
but he did a good job of sprinkling in some star
prospects with the bulk. Only two defensive linemen
were brought in, but tackle Desmond Tautofi could be
a cornerstone tackle while Ian Bobak should be a
pass rushing terror with a little bit of time.
Overall, Houck wants a more physical team, and this
class should be a good start.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 81. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive backs. While this is a class full of variety, there isn’t a lot of star power. JUCO defensive end B.J. Bell will be asked to shine right away, Jordan Barrett is a top-shelf outside linebacker prospect, and the defensive backs should be solid. JUCO transfers Mike Grant and Warren Ziegler will provide instant depth at corner, while Courtney Bridget is a tall, promising corner for the other side. Chase Childers is a fast safety.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. After loading up on skill players last year, the offense should be far better in a hurry. Apparently, new head man Steve Addazio wants bodies to throw to. The passing game got an instant infusion with 6-4 JUCO bomber Clinton Grainger coming in to chuck it around, and five wide receivers, highlighted by a fantastic get in Daquan Cooper and JUCO transfers Malcolm Eugene and Tyron Eugene to make p
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 76. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Skill players.
For a program that has struggled so much to put
points on the board, and has had so many issues
getting things moving through the air, the passing
game got some special attention. Al Golden has gone
big on skill guys in the past, and last year was
supposed to be about the offensive line and RB
Bernard Pierce turned into something special. This
year, RB Myron Ross is a big thumper who should make
a difference while WRs Antonio Belt and Deon Miller
might be better than anyone currently on the roster.
This is an instant impact class of receivers.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 90. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Guards. Temple has gone heavy on skill players over the last few years, loading up on receivers and running backs last year, and it also brought in the guards. The Owls did it again with several very good prospects for the interior of the offensive line with Cody Bohler and Darryl Pringle ready-made blockers who could make an impact right away. The best prospect for the front is Kadeem Custis, a tackle.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Kickers. After two big classes and working on the skill positions last year, UAB got a little bit of everything without loading up on any one spot. JUCO transfers Lamar Johnson and Calvin Jones will be used right away in the secondary, and some big prospects, led by the 6-3, 343-pound Uneik Crumbley, are brought in for the line. Apparently, though, one of the big concerns is Josh Zahn, the team’s placekicker who followed up a 14-of-21 2009 with a 7-of-17 field goal 2010 season. Kickers Colin Anderson and Ty Long were brought into provide a challenge. Considering six games last year were decided by five points or fewer, a good kicker is a must.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 108. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Skill players.
The offense was Joe Webb, Joe Webb, and Joe Webb
last year, and now there's an immediate infusion of
talent to try to change that with seven wide
receivers, four of them from the JUCO ranks, led by
big Darnell Williams; the team's instant No. 1
target. Five running backs, including two JUCO
transfers, were brought in, while the star should be
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 96. That Class Was
Heavy On ... safeties. Of the 24 new Blazers signed by Neil Callaway, a big portion is projected as safeties once they arrive in Birmingham. That’s not such a bad thing, considering last year’s starters, Will Dunbar and Matt Taylor, were seniors. The two junior-college transfers, Hiram Atwater and Elliott McGaskin, should be ready to compete right away, and David Conner was good enough to get mail from Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
86. Western Kentucky |
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive backs. Quality, not quantity. The Hilltoppers didn’t get many defensive backs, but they got some strong players to lock down the secondary right away. Champ Lewis is a tall, talented safety who blew off Maryland, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and other mid-level BCS programs, and made Iowa State mad. Corner Eric Robinson-Berry committed to Louisville, ending others from going after him, and then decommitted to go to WKU. Quartterrio Morgan isn’t another Bobby Rainey, but he’s a quick, talented back for head coach Willie Taggart to make into a star.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 118. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Quarterbacks.
There are so many players brought in last season
that there wasn't a ton of room for too many new
players, but new head coach Willie Taggart wanted to
upgrade the offense as soon as possible and he was
able to sign JUCO bomber Matthias Pelesasa and
all-around playmaker Brandon Doughty to give the
team more options. WR Joel German could be a No. 1
target right away.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 84. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Bulk. There’s a little of something for every spot with no one spot getting the complete and total focus. The team was awful last season with a tough mix of seniors and unproven young players, and this class is built to be a foundation for the next several years. The skill position players are the stars of the show with QB Courtney Dalcourt, RB Keshawn Simpson, and WR Jamarielle Brown all going to be fixtures by 2012.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. Rice HAS to start generating more of a pass rush. The defense was 105th in the nation in sacks and was dead last in tackles for loss, and while it’s asking way too much to get a new recruiting class to make a difference in one years, the Owls have to hope that one of the several new defensive ends can provide a boost to the depth. Michael Sam is the best of the lot, while outside linebacker Nick Elder could be the playmaker the D is looking for. Offensively, receivers Driphus Jackson and Lovett Gibson should be the stars of the haul.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 101. That Class Was
Heavy On ... 2009. Last year's
class was the one that's going to make the
difference over the next few seasons, and there
weren't many spots to fill this year. However, it's
about quality over quantity with this class needing
DE Dylan Klare, CB Bryce Callahan, and linebackers
James Radcliffe and Cameron Nwoso likely to be key
Conference USA players sooner than later. But if the
stars bust out, there's no a lot from this class to
fall back on.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 76. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. When you give up 34 touchdown passes and finish 110th nationally in pass D, you better focus on signing more athletes for the secondary. David Bailiff did exactly that, adding eight two-star defensive backs from as far away as Minnesota and Canada. Out of that group, the Owls are hopeful that, in time, two or three will develop into starters and productive members of a needy defense.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. This is a big, big class with a little something for everyone. The splash is in the passing game as quarterbacks and receivers are hot for the Sonny Dykes passing offense. JUCO transfer receivers Quinton Patton, Scott Cathcart and Myles White will play right away, while JUCO transfer quarterbacks Brodrick Watters and Nick Isham will fight it out. The meat of the class is on the defensive front with several strong prospects led by Malcolm Pichon, a 6-3, 330-pound tackle who could be the anchor of the line for the next four years.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 96. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive backs.
Sonny Dykes. While the focus will be on the
quarterback and receivers in the Sonny Dykes system,
Derek Dooley brought in those prospects last year.
This year, the coaching staff, with no time to work
whatsoever, loaded up for the secondary with seven
prospects who'll be thrown to the wolves right away.
Antonio Burton, Michael Schrang, and Connor Nichols
form a solid safety trio, while JUCO transfer Ryan
Williams might be one of the WAC's best corners
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Running back and receiver. Head coach Derek Dooley went hard on the offense, and while he didn’t pick up any sure-thing stars, he got a lot of prospects. If you’re a strength in numbers fan when it comes to recruiting, then you’ll like all the options the Bulldogs have to choose from over the next few years with a few smallish but speedy backs like Lyle Fitte and Tyrone Duplessis. Big receivers like C.J. Broadus and Jaccari Jackson should be interesting to keep an eye out for as they develop.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive ends. Enough of that … Larry Blakeney and the coaching staff appear to be sick of having a poor defense. Last year’s class was the best in the Sun Belt by far, and this year’s class could be even better, at least on the defensive front. With fantastic gets in JUCO transfer Tony Gillsepie, a 6-2, 315-pounder who’ll be planted in the middle of the line right away, and speed-rushing JUCO end Marty Stadom for the outside. JUCO transfer safety Brynden Trawick is a 6-2, 210-pound hitter who’ll be the immediate Sherriff of the secondary. 6-7, 200-pound Dallas Tidwell will be an interesting quarterback to develop for well down the road.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 79. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Greg Jenkins to
Brett Moncrief. The Trojans are now known for their
high-powered offense and huge passing numbers, and
they got a couple of stars to keep the production
rolling. Greg Jenkins is an athletic JUCO transfer
with the ability to step in and take over Levi
Brown's old starting spot right away. Adding to the
receiver talent is Brett Moncrief, a 6-3, 205-pound
JUCO transfer who looks the NFL part. He could've
gone to Ole Miss or Mississippi State, but chose
Troy. On defense, the recent struggles in the
secondary were addressed with seven corners signed
including Dionte Ponder, a ready-made playmaker with
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 85. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Ready made defensive linemen. The Trojans had the Sun Belt’s best offensive line last year by far, but three starters are gone. While there’s depth and potential with the returning players, this class made sure the front five is loaded with four JUCO transfers, led by tackle Tyler Graves. The defensive side got some fantastic tackle prospects with JUCO transfer Riley Flowers good enough to play just about anywhere.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On ...
Defensive linemen. Getting a smallish, talented playmaking quarterback in Matt Johnson should give the team an interesting player to work around over the next few years, but the most immediate help comes to the offensive line, mostly helped by JUCO transfers Scott Hodges and Dominique Wharton. The most overall talent, though, is on the defensive front led by ends Bryan Baird and Zach Colvin.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 92. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Linebackers. Head coach Dave
Clawson had an eye towards the future last year by
trying hardest to bring in good quarterbacks. Even
so, he brought aboard two more this year led by
Caleb Watkins, a strong all-around playmaker who
could get an honest shot at the job right away.
Don't be stunned if RB Jamel Martin and WR Marcus
Beaurem aren't a part of the mix right away. While
the offense will keep rolling, the Falcons beefed up
the defense with a slew of small, athletic,
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 82. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. New head coach Dave Clawson needs quarterbacks to work with for the near future, and he brought in three of them with Matthew Schilz the best of the lot, Austin Collier a more mobile option, and Alex Thomas a dark-horse bomber who could be in the mix a few years from now.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Bodies. The last two recruiting classes have been relatively light after a huge 2008 class, and now Frank Solich is bringing in more players to beef up both sides of the ball. While quarterbacks Ronnie Bell and Derrius Vick are going to get most of the attention,
diminutive RB Kyle Hammonds could be the star of the show. The best position brought in is defensive end, with Andrew Bennett and Justin Haser two good-sized prospects, but the best defensive lineman should be 6-2, 280-pound tackle Antwan Crutcher.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 120. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Hope for next
year. This wasn't a huge class and Frank Solich
wasn't able to do much to capitalize on the big East
winning campaign. There are some decent linebackers
and Chase Cochran is a receiver who'll end up being
the No. 1 target, but there isn't a lot to be
excited about with few spots to fill after last
year. Watch out for Kenny Ashley, a JUCO transfer
who could be the teams' No. 1 RB from Day One.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 120. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Hope for last year’s class. Last year’s class was about boosting up the passing game, and this year’s group is really, really light in all areas. There weren’t a lot of openings, so the staff went heavy on a few stars. Jon Lechner could be a special offensive tackle, while LB Dylan Reda should be a good one.