Recruiting 2012 - MAC West Team Rankings

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Posted Feb 2, 2012


Ranking and analyzing the 2012 MAC West Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2012 

MAC West Recruiting Rankings

Recruiting 2012

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
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- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2011 CFN MAC Recruiting Rankings

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1. Toledo | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... New head coach Matt Campbell is getting most of the players former head man Tim Beckman went after, and he’s bringing in a huge class led by a great group of linemen. The lines hadn’t been addressed for a few years, and now Campbell is making up for it with plenty of offensive tackles to develop for the near future and some ready-made defensive tackles who can step in and contend for jobs right away. The Rockets need them.

Team Concerns For 2012: Both starting tackles are gone and three starters are gone from the secondary. Defensive back was the bright spot in the 2009 class, and now all the key prospects will get their chance to show what they can do. The offensive line will take a step back losing three starters, but the biggest problem on offense is the loss of Eric Page, the do-it-all weapon who left early for the NFL.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: New head coach Matt Campbell has some key replacements to make. Star receiver and returner Eric Page left early for the NFL, and top running back Adonis Thomas is done. Three starters are gone from the O line, but the quarterback combination of Terrance Owens and Austin Dantin return. The defense that was hit-or-miss loses three starters up front and three in the secondary. Dan Molls is a good middle linebacker, and he’s going to have to do it all. 

2. Bowling Green | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Offensive tackle. Apparently, it’s time to start blocking someone with most of the emphasis on offensive tackle with a strong MAC class being put together. Defensively, the linebacking corps is loading up for the second time in three years, especially for the inside, with some terrific athletes coming in. After a few years in the weight room, there’s a lot to be excited about.

Team Concerns For 2012: Will the Falcons have a running game? That’s why the focus on the offensive line, but four starters are back and they have to be better. However, center Ben Bojicic was among the best in the MAC. The receiving corps will struggle without Kamar Jorden and Adrian Hodges, and it’ll be up to several untested players to show they’re ready to play

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Will Bowling Green actually have a strong defense for once? After starting a slew of underclassmen last year, and with ten starters returning, it can’t be anything but stronger. The passing attack gets QB Matt Schilz back with two years of experience, but the top targets are gone. Four starters are back on a line that did a great job in pass protection. 

3. Central Michigan | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The secondary needs a lot of help. Head coach Dan Enos has struggled in his first few seasons and needs as many options as possible to battle for jobs right away. This is a huge class with a little something for all spots, but safety will be the strongest position and the offensive line will get a big boost. The receiving corps is apparently set with just a few prospects coming in.

Team Concerns For 2012: The Chippewas have to start getting more out of an inconsistent offense, and it should happen with nine starters returning. However, a good running back has to step in for Paris Cotton, and tight end David Blackburn is a key part gone. The defense loses two starting linebackers – Mike Petrucci and Armond Staten – and corner John Carr.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Dan Enos era isn’t exactly rocking and rolling with two straight awful seasons. This might be the payoff with QB Ryan Radcliff leading a veteran attack that gets everyone back up front and returns most of the top targets. The defense might have been among the worst in the MAC, but the entire line returns and most of the secondary is back. Linebackers Mike Petrucci and Armond Staten will be missed. 

4. Eastern Michigan | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Defensive line, defensive line, defensive line. After a stunning turnaround season, EMU and head coach Ron English is going after defensive linemen … again. The Eagles went hard after defensive linemen in the last few classes, and they’re going after even more with more athleticism, more options, and better depth. The offense isn’t being ignored, but outside of WR Quincy Jones, almost all the talent is for the D.

Team Concerns For 2012: After years of bringing in defensive linemen, now they all have to shine with four key parts of the rotation gone from the line. Linebacker Marcus English will be missed and both safeties are gone. The offense gets back plenty of starters, but loses receivers Trey Hunter and Corey Welch.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: After the breakout/breakthrough 2011, head coach Ron English is hoping for even more from an offense that struggled to score but ran well. QB Alex Gillett is among the MAC’s best dual-threat playmakers, and all the top backs return to work behind a line that gets back four starters. The defense loses two starters up front and both starting safeties. 

5. Ball State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Here come the defensive linemen. Past coaching staffs worked on several areas, and it started to pay off last year with a strong 6-6 season, but the defensive line needs more help in a hurry. It’s asking too much for the defensive tackles being brought in to play right away, but they need to bulk up the depth soon. The offensive line is getting a nice class of options for the interior.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defensive line loses three starts including both ends and a couple of key backups. Both safeties are gone including veteran playmaker Sean Baker, but most of the back seven returns. The offense is loaded with experience and should be stronger, but the recent recruiting classes have to boost a receiving corps that loses Briggs Orsbon and Toriel Gibson.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: First-year head coach Pete Lembo got no defense whatsoever and his team died down the stretch losing three of the last four, but six wins for Ball State is always a success. Four of the wins were bad, though, including the season opener against Indiana, but there was a quality win over Ohio. Winning close games is what it’s all about, but for good and bad, five of the six victories came by a touchdown or less. 

6. Western Michigan | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Wide receivers. Lots and lots of wide receivers. The Broncos have spent years on the line, and now it’s time for the pass protection to shine while giving Alex Carder time to work to all the new options. The receiving corps loses a ton of talent, and it’ll be a must for JUCO transfers Justin Collins and Darrin Duncan, among others, to become ready to play right off the bus.

Team Concerns For 2012: If the recruits don’t come through, then receiver is a major problem with Jordan White, Robert Arnheim, and Chleb Ravensell all gone. The defense loses tough tackle Drew Novak and corner Aaron Winchester, but experience isn’t a problem. The kicking game needs new options with P Ben Arner and PK John Potter gone.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: QB Alex Carder is back to lead the high-powered offense, but after six years, top target Jordan White is finally done. Four starters are back on the line, and all the top running backs return to potentially balance out the attack a bit more. The defense that finished 12rh in the MAC won’t have two starters up front, but it gets back six starters in the back seven only losing corner Aaron Winchester. 

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Offensive linemen. The last few classes have mostly addressed the offense, but outside of three-star receiver Kendrick Roberts, this class is mostly trying to load up on the offensive front. While there might not be any ready-made starters, 6-10, 290-pound Ben Davidson is an extremely intriguing tackle option and 6-5, 260-pound versatile guard Dustin Pringle has excellent upside. 6-5, 220-pound outside linebacker Jarrell McKinney could quickly grow into a whale of a pass rushing end.

7. Northern Illinois | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2012: Chandler Harnish. NIU was able to run the ball over the last few years because of the talent in the backfield and the mobility of Harnish, who did a little of everything for a team that should’ve won two MAC titles. The offensive line always comes up with good players, but it might take awhile to replace center Scott Wedige, tackle Trevor Olson, and four starters.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The defending MAC champion has to show it can reload and not need to rebuild. The Huskies lose star quarterback Chandler Harnish and top running back Jasmin Hopkins, but the biggest hit comes up front with four starters gone. Top target Perez Ashford and most of the receiving corps returns. The defense has to do some retooling at linebacker, but the entire secondary returns and three starters are back up front.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … 2012. New head coach Dan Doeren came to the party a bit late, but he didn’t need to do too much for a team already loaded up with young prospects. Doeren and his staff will have to do far more with his next class, but this one has a few decent players here and there like pounding JUCO transfer Jamal Womble, who should be a part of the rotation right away. Big offensive tackle Matt Killian will be an all-star sooner than later. 

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