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The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Safeties. The Jayhawks need answers for the offense, and the hope will be for either Brock Berglund or Michael Cummings to be a playmaker at quarterback as soon as humanly possible. Running backs Darrian Miller and Anthony Pierson should add some flash to the backfield early on. In the big class, the emphasis was on the safeties with six brought in with JUCO transfer Tnde Bakare expected to start right away and Marquis Jackson and Alex Matlock big, dangerous prospects for down the road.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The defensive
line. Mark Mangino concentrated on the secondary
last year, and Turner Gill, with little time to
work, beefed up the defensive front with six
prospects headed up by Jeremiah Edwards, a
potentially dangerous interior pass rusher, and
speedy end Jaqwaylin Arps. Both are from Texas. JUCO
transfer Quinn Meachem will push hard for Todd
Reesing's vacated starting quarterback job, while
the running back tandem of Brandon Bourbon and James
Sims might be too good to keep off the field.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 46. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Jayhawks went out to get better on defense, and it did with LB Huldon Tharp, three JUCO defensive ends, end Kevin Young, and tackle Randall Dent all coming in to form the foundation for the future of the defense, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with six prospects led by corner Prinz Kande, a speedy, big coverman, while the safeties are all terrific led by JUCO transfer Calvin Rubles and true freshmen Bradley McDougald and Darian Kelly.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. The move to the Pac 12 was a big, BIG boost for a strong class. The running backs are the stars of the class with Harvey Langi a 215-pound workhorse of a prospect and JUCO transfer John White a sub-4.4 speedster to bring some flash to the equation. The bulk, through, is at receiver where the hope is for 6-6 JUCO transfer Anthony Denham to become Jordan Wynn’s go-to receiver as soon as possible. Quinton Pedroza, Travis Still, and Nate Fakahafua are big, physical targets.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 58. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The defensive
back seven. The Utes got plenty of help for the
passing game over the last two recruiting classes,
and the shelves should remain stocked for the next
five years with the addition of solid receiver
prospects Drew Anderson and Kenneth Scott. JUCO
transfer John Cullen should be in the rotation at
offensive tackle right away, and fellow JUCOer Star
Lotulelei will make a difference on the defensive
front, but the bulk of the class is in the defensive
back seven with DBs Damian Payne, Lucky Radley, and
Terrell Reese all fast and all good enough to have
gone somewhere else. Brian Blechen leads a strong
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The passing game. The Utes loaded up on receivers big-time last year, but apparently that wasn’t enough with even more targets coming in this year, including JUCO transfers Antoine Smithson and Ray Magee, to help an offense that loses all the starting receivers. Jamal Smith should be the best of the bunch, but he might not emerge for a few years. Meanwhile, JUCO transfer Terrance Cain will make a push for Brian Johnson’s open quarterback spot.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Outside linebackers. Wisconsin might be Tight End U. with the success of players like Travis Beckum, Lance Kendricks, and others over the last few seasons, and there’s more talent on the way with Sam Arneson, Austin Maly, and Eric Staffes three good pass catchers. Overall, this is a typical Badger class with no real superstars, but plenty of midlevel prospects who fit the team’s mold. The one top pickup was Jake Keefer, local product with great range. Michael Caputo and Jordan Fredrick are just two of the several other good outside defenders brought in.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 27. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
linemen. Overall, this was a diverse and strong
class that made up for a few years of subpar Signing
Days. Wisconsin might recruit to fit the program,
but this class also has talent. The Badgers signed a
ton of defensive linemen last season and kept
bringing in the talent this year with six excellent
prospect. 292-pound DT Beau Allen was the key piece
to the puzzle, while Sherard Cadogan and Konrad
Zagzebeski fit the UW mold of smallish, lightning
quick speed rushers on the outside. Jeff Lewis and
James White will have a few years to work into the
running back rotation.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive linemen. The Badgers have been surprisingly soft up front over the last few years. Poor tackling has been part of the problem; injuries have been the other part. This year’s class addressed the needs up front led by tackle Jordan Kohout, arguably the state’s top recruit. Pat Muldoon and Shelby Harris are strong pass rushing prospects who have to come through and shine sooner than later.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Offensive linemen. BC has a thing for loading up on lots and lots and lots of linemen. Considering how good the front five has been over the years, the plan works, but a huge class of offensive linemen last year didn’t seem to deter anyone in this year’s class with six true tackle prospect including Paul Gaughan, a strong athlete with the potential to be the next great Eagle blocker. Looking to be the next in line in the recent tradition of tremendous linebackers are Sean Duggan, Steven Daniels, and Nick Lifka, but the star defensive prospect is safety Albert Louis-Jean, who has All-ACC written all over him.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offensive
linemen. The Eagles needed quarterbacks after
several issues last year, and they got two strong
ones in Chase Retting out of California and Josh
Bordner from Maryland. Andre Williams should
eventually be a key running back, and Shakim
Phillips is a No. 1 wide receiver who'll be used in
a big role next year. But the strength is on the
offensive line with Seth Betancourt one of the ACC's
top tackle recruits and Andy Gallik and Harris
Williams two good-looking guards. Defensively,
Steele Divitto should be the team's next great
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was
Heavy On ... big bodies. As is often the case at Boston College, the school added a considerable amount of girth to the offensive and defensive lines. The Eagles’ success has long been built in the trenches, so it makes sense to continue to stockpile big bodies from the Northeast. The new staff is going to love DT Dillon Quinn, an uncommon blend of size, strength, and quickness. At a school being ravaged by graduation at the position, his arrival could not come at a more opportune time.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. New head man Al Golden only brought in four defensive line prospects, but two are among the best in America with Jalen Grimble a shocking get out of Las Vegas, taking him away from any big-time program you can name, and snagging pass rushing terror Anthony Chickillo for one end. The receiving corps got some help with Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott two good-sized speedsters who can stretch the field. Kevin Grooms has No. 1, lockdown corner potential, while Dallas Crawford and Thomas Finnie aren’t far behind.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The defensive
back seven. Randy Shannon signed a ton of defensive
back talent last year, and there wasn't much of a
need for too many safeties. Instead, Shannon
upgraded the cornerback talent with four fantastic
prospects taking Keion Payne away from Florida,
Florida State, and Ohio State, and getting Kacy
Rodgers out of ... Texas?! As if Miami doesn't have
enough talent in its own backyard, it went and got a
ready-for-right-now defender away from Florida,
Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. There weren't any
superstar linebacker prospects, but the five brought
in can run. Offensively, Eduardo Clements is the
speed back who'll be a weapon early on.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. Never at a shortage for quality defensive backs, Randy Shannon is making sure it stays that way with this class. All four of this year’s additions are ranked no lower than No. 40 nationally at their position. S Ray Ray Armstrong is a 6-3, 210-pound beast in the mold of former ‘Cane Sean Taylor. Corners Brandon McGee and Jamal Reid are a couple of top 10 talents, who were hotly pursued by schools in the ACC and SEC.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … The passing game. The Illini defensive front got an influx of talent for the inside with Chris Jones and Clint Tucker two active big bodies who fit the team team perfectly. Ends Darrius Caldwell and Chris O’Connor are dangerous pass rushing prospects. While running backs Joshua Ferguson and Donovann Young going to shine, the offensive class is about the passing game with Reilly O’Toole the quarterback for three years from now and receivers Dondi Kirby and Kenny Wright two big, strong targets. The big coup was tight end Jon Davis, who turned down Notre Dame and UCLA.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The middle of the
defensive back seven. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer
is the star of the class and wide receiver Darius
Millines is a good one to step in and potentially
produce early on, but Illinois needed to do
something about its defense ... and now. Jonathan
Brown, Mark Wilson, and Jay Prosch are all built to
play inside linebacker, and they might provide
instant depth. Safety Earnest Thomas is the best
defensive prospect brought in, while JUCO transfer
Trulon Henry has to find a spot somewhere in the
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 38. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive linemen. Lost in the Ron Zook era amidst the publicity around the offense has been a defense that’s been consistently strong. This year’s recruiting class helped the defensive front more than any other area with promising pass rushers Cornellius Carradine and Michael Buchanan for the outside with Lendell Buckner and Akeem Spence for the inside. Buckner has the body and the upside to be special.
34. Penn State
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Offensive linemen. Not since the Derrick Williams class of 2005 has Penn State brought in a group of receivers like this with Bill Belton, Matt Zanellato and Allen Robinson all good enough to be the No. 1 target. The defensive front should be stronger with Shawn Oakman and Deion Barnes on the end and Ben Kline at linebacker, but the focus is on the offensive front as Donovan Smith leads a phenomenal group of talents. Angelo Mangiro is one of the nation’s best guards, and Anthony Zettel isn’t far behind. Tackle Anthony Alosi might start right away.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 14. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Linebackers. Are
top prospects worried about the Joe Paterno era
ending any time soon? Hardly. Only three linebackers
were signed, but it would've be a stunner if Mike
Hull in the middle and Khairi Fortt and Dakota Royer
on the outside form the nation's best corps going
into the 2013 season. Hull was the nation's top
inside prospect and he should be the program's next
great linebacker. DaQuan Jones and Evan Hailes are
ready-made 300-pounders for the inside of the line,
while C.J. Olaniyan is a speed rusher for the
outside. Offensively, Paul Jones is one of the
nation's best quarterback prospects, but that didn't
stop Robert Bolden, a passer who'd make the
recruiting season for about 100 other programs, from
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 11. That Class Was
Heavy On ... receivers. The strength of the class is at offensive tackle, but the immediate need was at receiver with Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood gone. Joe Paterno and his staff aren’t going to ask the incoming freshmen to step in and start right away, but it would be nice if Justin Brown, Shawney Kersey, Brandon Felder, Devon Smith and Christian Kuntz were able to push for potential playing time. Brown is the star of the bunch, but Kersey and Smith are the speedsters who could make a more immediate impact.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. It’s a surprisingly mediocre class considering Virginia swooped up several key local players and Florida State and Clemson dominated the ACC, but there’s good bulk for the defensive line with Corey Marshall showing the potential to be the next great Hokie defensive end and Kris Hailey, a whirling dervish of a defensive tackle prospect. The stars of the class are at corner with Kyshoen Jarrett and James Farrow two big, talented defenders. The star skill prospects aren’t there, but the hope is for Michael Holmes to go from good to special once he gets into the program.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 32. That Class Was
Heavy On ... The lines. The
stars are in the secondary with Nick Dew, Brian
Laiti, and Theron Norman very big and very good
safety prospects, and Kyle Fuller and Detrick Bonner
are going to be good corners in a few years. The
quarterback situation will be interesting with
Ricardo Young and Mark Leal each athletic enough to
fit the Virginia Tech mold, while WR E.J. Smiling is
big and fast. However, the class is all about the
lines with Laurence Gibson a ready-made offensive
guard with good athleticism and big-time upside.
Zack McCray should be the next great Hokie pass
rusher, while Derrick Hopkins and De'Antre Rhodes
are pluggers for the defensive interior.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 43. That Class Was
Heavy On ... backs. Even after watching redshirt freshman Darren Evans emerge as the feature back, the Hokies concentrated on further building depth at the position. Being brought to Blacksburg are three playmakers, which was missing from the offense a year ago. Two of those backs, David Wilson and Tony Gregory, are four-star gems with enough wiggle to make people miss in the open field. Both provide a nice complement to the north-south style of Evans.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive end. The Spartans didn’t exactly capitalize on its breakthrough co-Big Ten championship season – the overall class is mediocre - but they loaded up on the the defensive line with some nice-looking tackles and three phenomenal end prospects. Lawrence Thomas is a potential pass rushing terror on the outside and is the crown jewel of this class, while Joel Heath is a big, talented option. The young running backs corps got even stronger with Onaje Miller, a speedster who could add another element to the offense this year.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 29. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Diversity. The
Spartans got a little of everything with a
strength-in -numbers class. The best prospects are
OT Skyler Schofner, a big athlete who'll get a
chance to be the anchor up front soon, and DE
William Gholson, a big, fast, dream of a 3-4 end
when he grows into his 6-6 frame. Max Bullough will
get a yet to work behind Greg Jones, and next year
he could be the starting middle linebacker. Corner
Mylan Hicks is a lockdown coverman with the
athleticism and potential to erase just about any
Big Ten team's No. 1
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 35. That Class Was
Heavy On ... linebackers and running backs. MSU’s early success under Mark Dantonio has come from a strong running game and athletic linebackers, and this class reflects that. Edwin Baker and Larry Caper are in to help try to replace Javon Ringer in the backfield, while Chris Norman and Tyquan Hammock are linebackers who can move. Norman, especially, was a coup for the program with the athleticism and toughness to be a star early on.
The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … The passing game. Call this a training year before going to the Big East, and the fantastic prospects for the passing attack will get time to work. The Horned Frogs went heavy on quarterback last year, but they still got three interesting passers this year with runner Trevone Boykin and 6-5 bomber Dominic Merka to get their chances. This class is loaded, loaded at receiver with Ladarius Brown, Brandon Carter, Cameron White, and David Porter all good enough to play anywhere in the Big 12. This is a big class good enough to rank with anyone in the new league … next season.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 61. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Quarterback. Andy
Dalton isn't going to be around forever, and Gary
Patterson and his staff have brought in three
interesting quarterback prospects to wage a battle
for the starting job, possibly, in 2011. Sam Carter
is the best of the three with excellent all-around
skills, while Matt Brown and Antonio Graves are also
good athletes who'll get their shot to shine.
Linebackers Marcus Mallett and Blake Roberts fit the
Horned Frog mold, but as always, don't assume that
any TCU recruit will stick with his original
position. Patterson is a master at moving around the
talent to the right spots.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 55. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. The Horned Frogs got commitments from a few very nice running backs like Jurell Thompson and Matthew Tucker, and someone has to pave the way for them. The interior of the line wasn’t ignored, Eric Tausch is a good prospect at either guard or center, but the tackles got the attention with three tall, athletic options in Ty Horn, James Dunbar, and John Wooldridge.