Recruiting 2012 - MAC East Team Rankings
Posted Feb 4, 2012

Ranking and analyzing the 2012 MAC East Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2012 

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Recruiting Team

QB – Collin Michael, Buffalo
RB – Montrell Dobbs, Temple
RB – Damion Jones-Moore, Toledo
WR – Corey Jones, Toledo
WR – Armani Miller, Toledo
TE – Orlando David, Miami Univ.
OT – Logan Dietz, Bowling Green
OG – Terry Davis, Miami Univ.
C – Brandyn Cook, Miami Univ.
OG – Treyvon Hester, Toledo
OT - Robert Riche, Buffalo
PK – Ron Coluzzi, Central Michigan

DE – Colton Kmetz, Kent State
DT – Orion Jones, Toledo
DT – Bret Niederreither, Temple
DE – Wesley Scott, Miami Univ.
OLB – Mike Cotton, Northern Illinois
MLB – Jaylen Coleman, Toledo
OLB – Raysean Richardson, Temple
CB – Winslow Chapman, Central Michigan
S – Jordan Fields, Central Michigan
S – Nate Smith, Temple
CB – James White, Bowling Green
P – J. Schroeder, Western Michigan


1. Temple | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Receivers. Steve Addazio wants a passing game, and it's going to come from a loaded receiving corps helped by a third straight class of prospects. It's a huge haul of targets coming in, but the running game isn't being ignored with Montrell Dobbs a terrific talent who could fill in for the departed Bernard Pierce right away. Defensively, the secondary gets a ton of talent with safeties Sam Benjamin and Stephaun Marshall the best tandem recruited by anyone in the MAC.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offense has to be more consistent, and it has to do it with Pierce off to the NFL a year early. The Owls have talent, but the experience is lacking with four starters gone off the line and top receiver Rod Streater. The defense has a ton of work to do with Adrian Robinson and Morkeith Brown gone on the ends and linebacker Tahir Whitehead and four starters gone in the back seven.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Head coach Steve Addazio was able to come up with one of the best years in school history, but he has work to do in 2012 with four starters gone from the offensive line and star running back Bernard Pierce taking off early for the NFL. It'll be up to the smallish Matt Brown to carry the rushing load, while QB Chris Coyer has to build off his strong bowl performance and be a steady leader. The defensive interior is back, but ends Adrian Robinson and Morkeith Brown are gone. Tahir Whitehead and four starters from the back seven are done. 

2. Miami University. | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Defensive line. The RedHawks continue to go after big class after big class with the lines getting the most help. The offense hasn't gotten anything out of the line over the last few years, and this class has quality more than quantity. The defensive front gets the most talent with decent athletes at tackle and a few nice players for the end. The receiving corps should get some immediate help.

Team Concerns For 2012: The O needs a few new receiver options with Chris Givens and Kendrick Bruton done. Brandon Brooks was the heart and soul of the offensive line, but the other four starters are back. The linebacking corps loses Jerrell Wedge and Ryan Kennedy and free safety Anthony Kokal is done, but the defense is full of experience.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Can the RedHawks rebound back into 2010 form? The offense that couldn't run a lick has to find a back, and the line that was so awful has to be better with four starters returning. Zac Dysert is a talented quarterback, and he gets back top target Nick Harwell. The defense loses linebacker Jerrell Wedge, but eight starters return to a group that allowed just 364 yards per game. 

3. Kent State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Talent. After bringing in a few lousy recruiting classes, the Golden Flashes have to find players and this class has them. There might not be any star power, but it's a big class that has a little something for almost every spot. The highest-rated prospect is kicker Anthony Melchiori, and he'll push Freddy Cortez for the starting job this year.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defense loses two good starters, meaning even more emphasis will be on Roosevelt Nix to carry the front seven. Both corners are gone, and it'll be a fight for both jobs. The offense that's been so inconsistent loses a few targets and center Chris Anzevino, but it should be among the MAC's most experienced attacks.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Darrell Hazell's first season was solid, and 2012 could be sensational with one of the MAC's best defenses getting back pass rushing terror Roosevelt Nix and a slew of good players. However, five starters are gone from the D. The offense gets the backfield back including QB Spencer Keith, and Tyshon Goode could be among the MAC's top targets. Four starters are back up front. 

4. Buffalo | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The passing game is getting the attention with more options coming in to push for the job in the near future. There are some players already in place, including part-time starter Alex Zordich, but the Bulls need an upgrade. Turner Gill went after quarterbacks and receivers a few years ago, and Jeff Quinn is looking down the road when that class matures. Improving the secondary is also needed, and Quinn is bringing in enough to address the losses to come in 2014.

Team Concerns For 2012: The Bulls have to do more defensively on a consistent basis, and that should come with eight starters returning. However, free safety Josh Copeland was a key all-around run stopper, serving as an extra linebacker, and tackle Richie Smith was the team's most experienced defender. QB Chazz Anderson didn't set the world on fire, but he had a decent season.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Bulls fell off the map defensively last year, but it should be a bit better with five starters back including great-looking pass rusher Khalil Mack and active end Colby Way. The offense needs more consistency and punch, and it'll start with finding a new starting quarterback – likely Alex Zordich – to take over. RB Branden Oliver should have a huge year working behind a line that gets four starters back. 

5. Akron | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... New head coach Terry Bowden has to find as much help for the offense as possible … now. Last year's class brought in plenty of receivers, but the line has to be night-and-day better. This class will upgrade the front five, while going after a few backs to improve a woeful running game is a must.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive tackle is a concern with three of the key parts of the rotation gone. Overall this is a young team that can afford to lose players from a miserable run, but it's still not a plus to take away four starters from the offensive line. Always busy punter Zack Campbell is done.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: One of the nation's worst programs over the last few years under Rob Ianello, now it'll be up to Terry Bowden to try to change things around with QB Patrick Nicely leading a veteran offense that'll be more mature in the backfield. However, four starters are gone from the O line. The defense gets tackling machine linebacker Brian Wagner back, but both defensive tackles have to be replaced.  

6. Ohio | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Not a lot. Last year's class was huge after a few light ones, and this year there isn't much room for new bodies. The defensive line will get a little bit of instant help from the JUCO ranks with Wade Wells and Ty Branz for the ends, and JUCO transfer Matt Waters will help out the receiving corps, but last year was about the future. The Bobcats aren't bringing in a ton of talents, but JUCO transfer Wade Wells should be an instant boost on the end and Trae Clark is a ready-made interior prospect who was a nice get. He'll be an anchor in the near future. The receiving corps got help with JUCO transfer Matt Waters, while Chris Murray will be a quick target to be used in a few years.

Team Concerns For 2012: The MAC East champion gets almost everyone back on defense, but it loses heart-and-soul linebacker Noah Keller in the middle. The offense has to find a new starting running back for Donte Harden, and LaVon Brazill and a few key targets are gone. Overall the Bobcats are experienced and should be in the hunt for the MAC title, but the backups need to start playing a bigger role in the rotation.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: After a terrific season with an appearance in the MAC title game, Ohio has a lot to be excited about with QB Tyler Tettleton back as one of the league's top playmakers. Receivers LaVon Brazill and Riley Dunlop are gone, as are the starting tackles, but the interior of the line is back. The defense won't have linebacker Noah Keller to work around, but the entre secondary and three starters on the line are back. 

7. Massachusetts | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... New head coach Charley Molner wants more offense, and it should come from this class, at least in the backfield, with RB Stacey Bedell leading the way. Molner came on so late that there hasn't been much of a recruiting season, so there's going to be plenty of scrambling after Signing Day just to find players. The defense will come next year.

Team Concerns For 2012: Upgrading the quarterback situation is a must in case Kellen Pagel has problem, and the loss of RB Jonathan Hernandez leaves an immediate opening for Bedell or another prospect to take over immediately. The defensive line has to be far, far better or it's going to be a long first year in the MAC.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: After a painful second half collapse losing four of the final five games, UMass is starting over with Charley Molner taking over as the new head coach. The new MAC member loses top running back Jonathan Hernandez, and finding a steady starting quarterback is a must after Kellen Pagel struggled. Perry McIntyre is a good pass rushing linebacker to work around, but there's work to do up front and in a secondary that wasn't strong enough.

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