Recruiting 2011 ... The
CFN's Class Rankings ... 61 to 70
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The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Skill players. Apparently, head coach Paul Rhoads is looking to branch out and looking for more options to play around with. Three quarterbacks were brought in with an eye both to 2011, with JUCO transfer Steele Jantz, and to the future with Jaquarius Daniels and Sam Richardson getting time to groom. JUCO transfer tight end Ernst Brun will be a part of the offense right away, while the hope will be for at least one new receiver, probably Quenton Bundrage or Tad Ecby, to be ready. Running backs DeVondrick Nealy and Rob Standard fit the Cyclone mold.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive backs.
After going after wide receivers last year,
second-year head coach Paul Rhoads made sure the
defensive shelves were stocked bringing in six key
prospects including JUCO transfer Anthony Young, who
might be penciled in at one corner spot, and JUCO
safety Durrell Evans. For the offense, Shontrelle
Johnson leads a good-looking group of running backs
and JUCO transfers Chris Young and Albert Gary will
be counted on in the receiving corps.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 73. That Class Was
Heavy On ... receivers. New head coach Paul Rhoads might be a defensive coach by nature, but he and his staff went after offense with the passing game getting the most help. Running backs James White and Beau Blankenship will be a major part of the attack soon, but the goal is to get the new receivers into the mix as soon as possible. Five wide receivers and tight end Willie Scott were added, with Donnie Jennert the best prospect with 6-6 size and good speed, while JUCO transfer Josh Bellamy has field-stretching wheels.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Kickers. It’s a surprisingly sparse class with little star power and no one area of instant improvement … except at kicker. Jamie Salazer and Kyle Dugandzic come in from the JUCO ranks to battle it out for time, even though Alex Zendejas is coming off a decent year
hitting 14-of-19 field goals. The best part of the class is running back with KaDeem Carey and Jared Baker two quick backs who can do a little bit of everything right. Dominique Petties and Patrick Onwuasor are two good safeties to keep an eye on.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was
Heavy On ... LLinemen. Lots and
lots of linemen. The Wildcats got their receivers
last year and are solid at the skill positions, but
they still got a star target in JUCO transfer Dexter
Ransom. The lines needed to be fortified, and this is the class
for that with five linemen brought in for the
offensive side and five for the defense. Kirifi
Taula is the defensive tackle the line will
eventually build around, but JUCO transfers Willie Mobley and Mohammed
Usman will be needed now for depth. There weren't many stars for the
offensive line, but tackles Trent Spurgeon and Matthew Jakubiec have
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was
Heavy On ... pass-catchers. If you’re going to successfully run
Sonny Dykes’ offense, you better have depth at the receiver position.
The Wildcats took a quantum leap in that direction, signing more than a
half-dozen wideouts and tight ends. The hands-down gem of that group is
local standout Adam Hall, who had his choice of destinations. Actually,
there’s so much talent here, it could free up Hall to move over to
safety, where he’s just as dangerous.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Offensive linemen. For new head coach Jerry Kill to do what he wants with his offense, he’ll need stronger, tougher offensive linemen than Minnesota has had in years. The hope will be for tackles Luke McAvoy and Foster Bush to
quickly grow into real, live bookends for the front five, while guard Kyls McAvoy and Tom Olson have the potential to be terrific with a few years in the weight room. Tight end Peter Westerhaus and receiver Quentin Gardener will soon be focal points of the passing game.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offensive
linemen. Tim Brewster was hired as the head coach a
few years ago because he was thought to be a master
recruiter. He did a decent job this year, helped by
having a new stadium to sell, and he and his staff
went hard after offensive linemen to change things
around after struggling so much to generate a
running game. Jimmy Gjere is a tall, rangy tackle
prospect with room to add another 30 pounds, while
Mark Lenkiewicz and Matt Eggen will be plugged in
somewhere up front by 2012.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 47. That Class Was
Heavy On ... receivers. The Gophers needed to bring in more talented targets for the future, and they might have gotten their No. 2 receiver, alongside Eric Decker, in JUCO transfer Hayo Carpenter. Bryant Allen and Victor Keise come from out of state, Missouri and Florida, respectively, to develop. The real stars of the show might turn out to be tight ends Ra’shede Hageman and Kendall Gregory-MgGhee. Hageman is the total package.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. The 2010 class brought in several strong quarterback prospects, and they’re going to need someone to throw to. The Cougars are looking to stop someone from throwing, and now, with JUCO corners Chevy Bennett and D.J. Hayden, but the offense got the bulk with several nice receivers. Daniel Spencer and C.J. McElroy are short, quick targets, while 6-3, Mark Roberts has the potential to be a No. 1 in time. RB Kenny Farrow and QB Bram Kohlhausen will fight for starting jobs in the near future.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The
miserable run defense got a big piece to the puzzle
with 285-pound JUCO transfer Matangi Tonga an almost
certain instant starter in the defensive interior,
and linebacker Sammy Brown will get a job from Day
One at one of the spots. The secondary was also
addressed with three excellent corners in Dominique
Sanders, Alton Demby, and Zach McMillen. The
highlight of the class, though, was at quarterback
where four prospects were brought in to develop in a
hurry with Case Keenum leaving next year. Terrance
Broadway came in from Baton Rouge, after getting
offers from Alabama, Nebraska, and Oregon, and could
be the most interesting of the candidates, Aaron
Johnson is a great athlete who got offers to switch
positions from several big-name schools, and David
Piland comes in from Carroll High in Southlake,
famous for Chase Daniel, among others.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 58. That Class Was
Heavy On ... offensive linemen. The loss of three starting linemen to graduation prompted Kevin Sumlin to spend extra time cultivating the next generation of Cougar blockers. Three new tackles and three new guards provide a nice foundation for the future and the present. At tackle, for instance, Ralph Oragwu is a three-star high-schooler with enormous upside and Roy Watts is a ready-made JUCO transfer, who turned away offers from SEC and Big 12 suitors.
Arizona State |
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Quarterbacks. The defensive tackles should be strong with Mo Latu and David Moala two big, tough inside presences, and safeties Isreal Marshall and Ezekial Bishop two fast prospects for the secondary. The attention will be paid to the quarterback situation. JUCO transfer Kipeli Koniseti will provide depth, but he’s not likely going to be a starter, while Michael Eubank, the star of the class, is a big, tall bomber who knows how to spread the ball around. Mike Bercovici doesn’t have the tools, but he’s a baller.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Receivers.
Instant help was desperately needed for an offensive
line that hasn't kept a quarterback upright since
Dennis Erickson took over, and players are on the
way in JUCO transfers Aderious Simmons and Brice
Schwab at tackle and Calvin Tonga at guard. Four
running backs were signed, led by Deantre Lewis, but
the offensive stars were at receiver with JUCO
transfers George Bell and Mike Willie looking to see
time right away, while Kevin Anderson and Randy
Kurst are speedsters for the near future.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Running backs. Four backs are headed to Tempe determined to light a spark under a running game that floundered a year ago. Cameron Marshall, Shane McCullen, and Jamal Miles are three-star Sun Devils and among the top 100 high school runners in the country. While Marshall is a 208-pound thumper, McCullen is an intriguing blend of good size and blazing speed, who could also wind up playing on defense if the need arises.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Quarterback. The last two classes have loaded up on receivers, and Levern Jacobs is a 4.4 speedster coming in this year, but the Herd needs more pop to the passing game and hopes to get it with three interesting options. 6-5 Blake Frohnapfel is a chucker, Cornelius Jones if coming in from Fort Union Military Academy to try to challenge right away, and Rakeem Cato out of Miami can do a little bit of everything. Tight ends Rakim Reed and Eric Frohnapfel will be big factors in a few years.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 80. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Receivers. If
nothing else, new head man Doc Holliday will have plenty of pass
catchers to use in a rotation. Last year's Herd class was full of big, strong
receivers. This year's class is loaded with small,
quick ones led by the lightning-quick Fred Pickett.
Josh Lovell is a do-it-all tight end who could be
good enough to be better than Cody Slate with a
little bit of work, while Jazz King, Antwon Chisolm,
and Demetrius Evans are all talented enough to be
given a long look for early playing time. New
quarterback Eddie Sullivan will have plenty of
practice options to play around with.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 102. That Class Was
Heavy On ... wide receivers. The Herd has loaded up on a bunch of big, physical wide receivers that other schools felt were a little unpolished at this stage of their careers. A collection of athletes who all go at least 6-2, most are expected to do an apprenticeship in 2009 before being turned loose. A local kid, C.J. Crawford is both big and very fast. Wayne Bonner, on the other hand, comes via East Mississippi Junior College, and is most likely to chip in right away.
64. Boise State
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive front seven. How much impact has Boise State’s move to the Mountain West had on recruiting? Yawwwwwwn. Down the road, the move up might matter a little bit, but it didn’t do much this year with a good class, but not an elite one. However, JUCO transfer safety Dextrell Simmons is a special prospect and corner Eric Agbaroji is a nice pickup for the secondary. The strength is on the defensive front, including linebacker Blake Renaud for the middle, with tackle Jeff Worthy and ends Sam Ukwachu and Robert Ash all expected to be rocks over the next several years.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 94. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Quality over
quantity. There simply weren't any spots to fill,
and it showed with a light class. However, the
players brought in were good ones highlighted by big
receiver Matt Miller, QB Grant Hedrick, who won't be
in the mix until at least 2013, and corner Bryan
Douglas, the next great Bronco shut-down defender.
This year's defensive line didn't need a whole bunch
of work, but it got a little boost from JUCO
transfer Tyrone Crawford, a speed rusher for the
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 62. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Linebacker. While the Broncos were able to come up with a little something for several spots, the stars are at linebacker where John Michael Davis and Allen Mooney were two tremendous gets, while Gabe Linehan should be excellent with a little time in the weight room. This is the Boise State 2013 starting linebacking corps. Two good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick and Mikey Tamburo, were also signed to develop until Kellen Moore is done.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Offensive linemen. The skill players were all but ignored after going big for the passing game last season, and now the David Cutcliffe offense needs blockers to allow the machine to run. Marcus Aprahamian is a strong tackle prospect with the body to be ready almost right away, while guards Lucas Patrick and Cody Robinson out of Tennessee should be good in time. The defense got help up front with Sam Marshall leading a decent group of linemen, while the secondary went big on the corner with Jared Boyd, Jamison Crowder, and Tim Burton all good enough to have gone somewhere bigger.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The passing game.
Now that David Cutcliffe isn't going anywhere (at
least for this year), bringing in decent quarterback
prospects isn't an issue. Who wants to be a
statistical star? Brandon Cromartie is one of the
better quarterback prospects the program has had in
a while, and Anthony Boone will get his chances.
Brandon Braxton and Braxton Deaver are dangerous
receiver prospects, and Juwan Thompson could be the
key to the running game this year.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Blue Devils perennially struggle to stop opposing passers, which prompted David Cutcliffe to go extremely heavy on the secondary. Almost one-third of the class is either a safety or a cornerback, led by Taylor Sowell, a 6-0 speedster who garnered a lot of attention from the rest of the ACC. Duke had rare success in South Carolina, a credit to the job being done by secondary coach Derek Jones.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Linebackers. New head coach Jon Embree is a linebacker guy, and his first class reflects where he wants his program to be with an upgrade in speed and athleticism. Will Harlos, Woodson Greer, and K.T. Tuumalo are smallish, safety-sized linebacker prospects who can fly, but Brady Daigh is a pure middle linebacker. The quarterback situation could be interesting with Stevie Dorman and JUCO transfer Brent Burnette two big passers, while Paulay Asiata should eventually be the type of offensive tackle who becomes an anchor to keep the passers clean.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Tight ends. Dan
Hawkins is recruiting someone else's players as he's
all but gone without a sensational season. He didn't
get any instant impact help, but RB Tony Jones might
be inserted as a third down back early on. The next
head man (assuming Hawkins really will be gone) will
be loaded at tight end with four tall pass catchers
signed on. Kyle Slavin is a big wide receiver, while
Harold Mobley and Justin Favors will get their
chances over the next few years to be focal points
of the passing game.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 52. That Class Was
Heavy On ... receivers. Head coach Dan Hawkins and his staff brought in a few nice safeties, signed two good quarterbacks, and landed superstar DE Nick Casa, but the spotlight will mostly be on the three receivers who’ll be asked to contribute early on. JUCO transfer Andre Simmons has the size and the potential to be a No. 1 target from the start, while Terdema Ussery and Jarrod Darden both very big, very good targets.
61. Kansas State
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Quarterbacks. As always, Bill Snyder went hard after the JUCO transfers with corner Allen Chapman a lockdown defender and safeties Kip Daily and Nigel Malone ready for right now, and defensive end Meshak Williams a great-looking end to put in the rotation. The offensive backfield got a few new options with JUCO transfers Justin Tuggle and Angelo Pease two fast, mobile players who can handle the offense this year. Daniel Sams is a prep pickup who’ll be groomed for the near future.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 84. That Class Was
Heavy On ... JUCO transfers.
If it's Kansas State there are going to be Junior
College transfers. Overall this is a mediocre class
with the bulk of the players for the near future
coming in last year, especially in the secondary,
and Bill Snyder is going for the immediate boost to
get the program back over the hump and into Big 12
South title contention. Matthew Pearson will start
somewhere in the secondary and Adam Davis will be
used from Day One on the line as a pass rusher. In
the freshman class, linebackers Tre Walker and Laton
Dowling will be the keys to the 2013 Wildcat
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 89. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. If you’re going to try to compete in the Big 12, you need good defensive backs. Kansas State didn’t exactly break the recruiting bank on star prospects, but the secondary got the most help with safeties Thomas Ferguson and Carlton Callendar the best in the class. Throw in JUCO transfer Troy Butler and corner Courtney Thompson, along with safeties Joseph Bonugli and Torrell Miller, and the Wildcats are thinking defense first with this class.