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The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. Bronco Mendenhall did a great job with the defense over the last few years, and even though the 2010 class was heavy on linebackers, this year’s haul highlighted Austin Heder and Adam Pulsipher who should start in the very near future. The bulk is on the defensive front with versatile tackles in Moses Kaumatule and Kesni Tausinga for the inside and Baker Pritcher and Lene Lesatele two good-looking hybrid ends who should grow into great pass rushers.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 23. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Linebacker. The
Cougars got a few tremendous individual talents, but
the heft is on defense. Jake Heaps is one of the
nation's top overall recruits and the best
quarterback prospect BYU has brought in since Ben
Olson. Ross Apo will grow into a special wide
receiver and OG Graham Rowley and DE Bronson
Kaufusi could've gone just about anywhere. In all,
seven linebackers were brought in with Zac Stout
likely to be the leader of the defensive front seven
in a few years. Alani Fua, Toloa'i Ho Ching, and Sae
Tautu are all fast, athletic defenders built to play
on the outside.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 41. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive backs. There are some really nice players being brought in at several positions, but the best combination of star power and bulk is in the secondary with a few fantastic safety prospects, led by Craig Bills, one of the nation’s best, and two excellent corners in Lee Aguirre and Trevor Bateman. The offense loaded up on decent running back prospects with Adam Timo considered among the best in the nation, if he doesn’t move to safety, with Peni Maka’afi and Anthony Heimuli each certain to keep the ground game rolling.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Skill players. The Wildcats always get some decent misfits, like Dan Persa, who have the talent but seem to have one minor thing missing. This year, the program got some real, live talents including Zack Oliver, a quarterback out of Baton Rouge with the talent to be the best of the latest strong run of quarterbacks. Running back is a need, and Jordan Perkins, Nick VanHoose, and Trevyon Green will all get their chances right away. Receives Christian Jones and Cameron Dickerson are big targets who’ll be major factors in a few years.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 59. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Receivers.
Northwestern doesn't always get the superstar
talented, but it upgraded the receiving corps with
three good prospects who should shine in the system.
Tony Jones is a speedy target out of Michigan, while
Rashad Lawrence and Venric Mark can also move. The
coaching staff isn't looking to Trevor Siemian and
Kain Colter to replace Mike Kafka at quarterback
right away, but the opportunity will be there this
fall to take the gig. This was a small class of
defensive prospects, but there are some good ones
including linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo, an all-star
name if nothing else.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 69. That Class Was
Heavy On ... running backs. It’s never a positive to recruit to fill an immediate need, but that’s exactly what Northwestern had to do with Tyrell Sutton gone and Omar Conteh hurt. The Wildcats need running backs, and it got them led by Arby Fields; a speedy, shifty back who should fit the offense to a T. Mike Trumpy and Davion Fleming might be relied on right away if injuries hit the backfield.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. The offensive line got a huge boost with Max Lang, Darrell Williams, and Boo Simon all good tackle prospects who should be the anchors up front in the next three years, and the defense got some help with Corian Hamilton and Chris Garye two strong safety prospects, but the stars of the class are at receiver with Andre Davis a local product who should become a special No. 1 target. Ruben Gonzalez and Alex Mut are also nice gets who’ll boost up the Skip Holtz passing attack.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 47. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Skill players.
Skip Holtz had roughly five minutes to work, but he
still kept most of the key players Jim Leavitt
originally pitched. Jamius Gunsby is a big, athletic
playmaker of a quarterback who'll get a few years to
develop, while Marcus Shaw and Tiger Powell are good
looking speed backs who could find roles early on if
JUCO transfer Michael Hayes and his 4.3 speed
doesn't take over the workload. Jamaal Mantague and
Deonte Welch might not be five-star receiver
prospects, but they're going to be good.
Defensively, JUCO transfer Claude Davis will be
asked to step in right away and fill a gaping hole
at one end, and top corner Terrence Mitchell will
get a chance to see time in the rotation.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 25. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The defensive line. Can you say epic haul? Jim Leavitt is retooling his defensive front on the fly, with a mix of talented ends and tackles from junior college, post-graduate schools, and high schools. George Selvie, Aaron Harris, and Terrell McClain won’t be around forever, so it was important to bring new reinforcements to ensure the success of the defense for the foreseeable future. DT Leslie Stirrups was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the 2006 class, but is just now making it to Tampa after problems with grades.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive backs. New head coach Kevin Wilson wants receivers to be able to move the ball vertically even more than Bill Lynch did, and he loaded up with three excellent targets from the tiny but quick Shane Wynn to the 6-5 Jay McCants. Defense got plenty of help, especially in the secondary, with big safeties Forisse Hardin and Mark Murphy, potentially seeing time right away, while Kenny Mullen bring speed at corner and Nick Stoner and Michael Hunter are versatile options for the outside.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Help for the
defensive back seven. The Hoosiers need to go with
the strength-in-numbers theory to find enough bodies
to come up with a solid and steady defense. Five
strong linebacking prospects were signed led by Matt
Zakrzewski, a safety-sized guided missile for the
outside, and Chase Hoobler for the middle. Shaquille
Jefferson will be a starting safety in the near
future, while JUCO transfers Andre Kates and
Lenyatta Kiles will provide instant help on the
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 681. That Class Was
Heavy On ... quarterbacks. IU was more than just competitive with Kellen Lewis was on, and it showed just how much the program needs a strong quarterback to carry the rest of the team. The Hoosiers might have picked up two with Edward Wright-Baker and great athlete, and Dustin Kiel a nice passing prospect. These two will get a little bit of time to develop with the future of the program to eventually ride on one of their shoulders.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. Apparently, Randy Edsall is going to start throwing the ball more in College Park than he did at UConn. He brought in four new targets with decent speed and impressive size with Jeremiah Hendy and Nigel King the future of the air show. His offensive line class is small, but excellent with some good guard prospect and a nice center in Evan Mulrooney. Picking up corners Makinton Dorleant and Michael Williams was a plus, and end Quinton Jefferson should be a terror.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was
Heavy On ... DDefense. Wasn't
Ralph Friedgen supposed to be a lame duck head
coach? This class certainly didn't reflect that with
several very good, very promising prospects to
provide both instant help and a foundation for the
future. Tyler Smith was the key to the offensive
class as the quarterback to be groomed for down the
road, and Sean Conaboy is a promising guard who
should be a steady starter in a few years. The
defense was the key starting with linebacker Javarie
Johnson, a lightning fast playmaker who'll be all
over the field the second he gets a chance. 13 good
defensive players signed on, and they need to be
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was
Heavy On ... linebackers. Maryland continues to stockpile the type of versatile linebackers that eventually move on to play on Sundays. Seven, in fact, are packing their bags for College Park, even though there’s no urgency for any to play right away. From New Jersey to South Carolina, Ralph Friedgen swept down the Eastern seaboard searching for athletic defenders who can play with range. It’s obviously early in the process, but Lorne Goree appears to be the best of a deep bunch.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … More offense, more offense, more offense. The 2010 class was loaded up with prospects for the offensive side of the ball, and head coach Doug Marrone kept the fun going with a heavy class of offensive prospects to move around where needed. The quarterback fight should be an interesting one with Aston Broyld and Terrel Hunt to dangerous playmakers, while running backs Tyree Smallwood and Adonis Ameen-Moore are shifty, multi-talented backs with good size. Marrone also added six receivers led by Brandon Reddish out of Brooklyn.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 69. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offense, offense,
offense. After loading up with a ton of defensive
back prospects last year, this year's massive class
brings in players to salvage something out of Doug
Marrone's offense. 17 offensive players were brought
in headlined by quarterbacks John Kinder and Jonny
Miller and six running backs. The D wasn't ignored
with linebackers Malcolm Carter and Myles Davis good
enough to see time early.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 92. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. Understanding the need to address a secondary that was last in the Big East in pass efficiency defense, the staff loaded up on defensive backs. In fact, almost half of the entire class was either a safety or a cornerback. The best of the lot are corners Torian Phillips, Phillip Thomas, and Dale Peterman, who’ll all have a shot for immediate playing time.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … The defensive front seven. Release the hounds. UCF signed two terrific corners in Bruce Dukes and Jeremy Davis, and the offense wasn’t ignored, but the class is loaded with strong players on the defensive front seven. Troy Gray is a safety-sized outside linebacker who should pair with middle prospect Miles Pace to give the Knights a strong corps in a few years, while JUCO transfers Toby Jackson and Cameron Henderson should be fantastic right away at the ends. With a little time, Demetric Anderson could be an anchor of a tackle.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 63. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offensive line.
The offense has been hit-or-miss when the running
game wasn't working, and now George O'Leary is
taking care of the front wall to keep pounding away.
Jose Jose has more than just a terrific name, he's
one of the nation's better interior line prospects
and should see time at center. Torian Wilson, Justin
McCray, and Jordan McCray are large guards who
should grow into key cogs for the ground attack,
while 6-7, 310-pound Tony Jacob will be a key
starting tackle soon.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. After losing the entire starting secondary to graduation, this was an absolute priority for George O’Leary and the Knights. The program did a magnificent job a few years ago of taking two-star players, such as CB Joe Burnett, and molding them into defensive stoppers. It may not have to do much coaching up of CB Josh Robinson, an outstanding all-around playmaker, who also drew interest from Michigan, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Running back. New head coach Todd Graham needs receivers to get his passing game going, and he’ll hope that Darius Patton is worth the hype with his 4.4 speed able to stretch the field. The secondary got plenty of help with corner Jason Frimpong and safety Rodrick Ryles two talented prospects, and linebackers Nicholas Grigsby and LaQuentin Smith should be dangerous linebackers once they hit the weight room. The big question is if top recruit Lafayette Pitts will be the team’s No. 1 lockdown corner or if he’ll stick at running back. Either way, the Panthers loaded up in the backfield with Malcolm Crockett and Corey Davis two shifty runners who fit the Panther mold.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 33. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
linemen. T.J. Clemmings is a superior end prospect
with 6-6, 260-pound size and the potential to be
thrown into the mix right away, but he's hardly the
only good defensive lineman signed with tackle Aaron
Donald and end Bryan Murphy keeping the shelves
stocked. Across the board there isn't a lot of
sure-thing star power, but this is a diverse class
with several strong prospect; because of the sheer
numbers a few of these players will be better than
originally expected. The secondary could be just as
loaded as the line.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was
Heavy On ... backs. How do you answer the departure of star LeSean McCoy to the NFL after his sophomore season? You sign four young backs, who’ll be in a position to contribute in a year or two. There’s a nice blend of skills in the group. Dion Lewis and Jason Douglas provide the dash. At 205 pounds, Kevin Adams will bring the punch if he doesn’t move to safety. Raymond Graham, who was also pursued by Rutgers and Maryland, has a chance to be the best of the group.
Washington State |
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … JUCO defensive ends. The best players in the class are at linebacker with Max Hersey and Darryl Paulo two future starters for the inside, and Chester Sua and Logan Mays two potential killers on the outside once they add ten-plus pounds. But head coach Paul Wulff needs to show improvement and he needs to show it now. Hellooooo, JUCO transfers. Wazzu welcomes in four JUCO defensive ends, and while none of them are going to be on any All-America short lists, they’re all quick, they’re all ready, and they’ll all be a part of the rotation immediately.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Wide receivers.
Paul Wulff needed playmakers and he needed them last
year. There might not be any sure-thing starters for
2010, but Bobby Ratliff, Marquess Wilson and Robert
Jiles, and Blair Bomber are upgrades at receiver.
Tight end Aaron Dunn needs to be a part of the
offense now, and running backs Rickey Galvin and
Devontae Butler-Booker are quick backs who should
provide a boost for the running game. JUCO transfers
David Gonzales and Wade Jacobson will push for
starting time at tackle this offseason, while C.J.
Mizell is a ready-made linebacker to plug in on the
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. The only reason why last year’s pass defense wasn’t worse off was because the run D was so easy to navigate. The Cougars realize there’s still plenty of work to be done in the secondary. They beat out the likes of Arizona State and Boise State for talented CB Nolan Washington, and bagged five safeties with the potential to start at some point in their careers. Heck, Wazzu even got themselves a Locker, beating out Washington for Jake Locker’s cousin, Casey.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Outside linebacker. The June Jones offense needs receivers, and after loading up last year, the offense got yet another influx of talent with Arrius Holleman and Ronnell Sims two dangerous targets. The defensive line loaded up with several strong hybrid prospects, while the linebacking corps got several safety-sized, speedy players with Devon Moreland a terrific get and Jonathan Yenga and Cameron Smith two promising recruits.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 73. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Receivers. After
putting the building blocks in place with a big
recruiting class of offensive linemen last year,
June Jones is getting the receivers to make his
style of offense fly. With Shawnbrey McNeal leaving
early for the NFL, there was a hole to fill at
running back and freshman Darryl Fields might fill
it, but the bulk of the class is at receiver with
eight prospects coming in led by Kyle Guinyard, a
potential No. 1 target who had offers from several
Big 12 schools.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was
Heavy On ... offensive linemen. What good is the run-and-shoot if the quarterback is always running for his life? In fine shape at the skill positions for the next few years, June Jones loaded up on linemen, many of whom will need to spend their first year adding girth and weight. In Ben Hughes and Joey Fontana, the Mustangs signed two of the nation’s top 10 centers, so replacing Mitch Enright in 2010 shouldn’t be a major headache.