Recruiting 2012 - WAC Team Rankings

Posted Feb 4, 2012

Ranking and analyzing the 2012 WAC Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2012 

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2012 CFN All-WAC
Recruiting Team

QB – Chad Chalich, Idaho
RB – Tavarreon Dickerson, Utah State
RB – Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
WR – Jaydrick Declouet, Louisiana Tech
WR – Dede Westbrook, Texas State
TE – Trevor Stevens, UT San Antonio
OT - Fernando Villanueva, San Jose State
OG – Adrian Bellard, Texas State
C – Kyle Hart, San Jose State
OG – Felix Romero, Texas State
OT – Patrick Ward, Utah State
PK – Jace Johnson, Idaho

DE – Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
DT – Kevin Laudermill, NMSU
DT – Semisi Tupou, Idaho
DE – Stephen Gibson, Louisiana Tech
OLB – Lloyd Grogan, Louisiana Tech
MLB – Xavier Stephens, Nevada
OLB – Charles Wort, UT San Antonio
CB – Shannon Edwards, Fresno State
S – Christian Tago, San Jose State
S – Randy Uzoma, Nevada
CB – H.B. Rosser, UT San Antonio
P – Cayle Chapman-Brown, NMSU

1. Idaho | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The Vandals need to get the passing game going again, and fast. Last year's class brought in a slew of receivers and quarterback prospects, and next year will be Round Two. The receivers should be one of the biggest strengths of the class, and more quarterbacks are coming in for developing by 2014 and beyond. The new-look WAC isn't going to be like the old school shootout version, but Idaho is trying to become equipped to put more points on the board.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defense needs better playmaking linebackers. Tre'Shawn Robinson is gone from the middle and Korey Toomer is done from the outside, and the depth isn't exactly deep. Three starters have to be replaced from an offensive line that wasn't consistent, but this year's class won't bring any instant solutions.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Can head coach Robb Ikey get the program back to bowl form after a disastrous 2011? The offense has to be far better in all phases, and it starts with QB Taylor Davis needing to grow into the job. Three starters are gone off a line that didn't do anything for the running game that needs former JUCO transfer Ryan Bass to produce. The defense that finished 101st in the nation has to replace six starters including leading tackler, MLB Tre'Shawn Robinson. 

2. San Jose State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Tight ends. Things are starting to look up for San Jose State with a strong team returning, head coach Mike MacIntyre getting an extension, and a winning season and a WAC title both reasonable goals. Now it's time to look forward, and for MacIntyre to run his offense like he wants to, he needs good pass catching tight ends to take over once Ryan Otten leaves.

Team Concerns For 2012: The quarterback situation. Matt Faulkner is gone leaving Blake Jurich and Dasmen Stewart to battle it out. Both are big, strong bombers, while Joe Gray, the star of last year's class, is a do-it-all type with a world of upside. Defensively, the linebacking corps needs work even though Keith Smith is back as one of the WAC's top defenders. Safety Duke Ihenacho will be sorely missed.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The 2011 team might not have beaten anyone, but under head coach Mike MacIntryre things are moving forward. QB Matt Faulkner and RB Brandon Rutley were the offense, but now they're gone as are three starters from a line that was great in pass protection. Noel Grigsby finished 12th in the nation in catches and will be the centerpiece of the attack early on, while big passers Dasmen Stewart and Blake Jurich will fight it out for the starting quarterback job. Keith Smith returns as one of the nation's top-tackling linebackers, but four starters are gone off the front seven and safety Duke Ihenacho might be irreplaceable. 

3. New Mexico State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... More and more and more instant options. Head coach DeWayne Walker has been able to build a little bit from the freshman classes, but he's gone heavy after JUCO, JUCO, JUCO over the last few years. This seasons' haul won't be any different. The Aggies have to reload at several spots and need an overhaul on the lines, and while the offensive side isn't going to get an influx of talent, the defense is about to get several ready-made options.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offensive line. The defensive side will be one of the big focuses of the class, but the O line has the bigger issues with three starters gone along with a few backups. Receivers Todd Lee and Taveon Rogers is done, as is starting quarterback Matt Christian, who took over and did a nice job.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Aggies are slowly starting to improve under head coach DeWayne Walker, but it's going to be tough to break through with most of the star programs leaving the WAC. QB Travaugh Colwell has to prove he's ready, and he'll get a ton of help from Kenny Turner, a likely all-conference performer. Three starters are gone from the line as are targets Taveon Rogers and Todd Lee. The defense didn't make any major strides, and now it has to replace three starters up front and the entire secondary. 

4. Louisiana Tech | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Not much. Head coach Sonny Dykes had the WAC's best recruiting class last year and loaded up in a big way on the defensive line and the secondary over the last two seasons. Now it's about trying to find a few stars to add to the mix. This isn't likely to be a big class in any one area, but 2013 will be when the big haul has to come.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defensive front seven. Fortunately, the prospects were stockpiled to be ready to come up with a few good battles for this season. Both starting ends are gone, including Matt Broha, and linebackers Adrien Cole and Jay Dudley will be missed. More options at running back are a must with Lennon Creer done, while the focus of the offense will be on a quarterback battle between Colby Cameron and Nick Isham.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: After winning the WAC – and no one noticing – the Bulldogs should be even stronger with QB Nick Isham more experienced and ready to do more behind a line that gets four starters back. RB Lennon Creer is done, but the receiving corps is loaded to finally make the passing game rock like it's supposed to under Sonny Dykes. The WAC's top run defense loses both ends, but the biggest problem will be replacing linebacker Adrien Cole in the middle. The secondary should be among the best in the WAC with three good starters returning. 

5. Texas State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Head coach Dennis Franchione has to go heavy to upgrade an offensive line that loses three starters and needs more quality depth. The defensive line also needs help with the depth on the ends lacking. For now, simply coming up with more FBS bodies is the main job, and the opportunities will be there for young players to be in the hunt for playing time.

Team Concerns For 2012: Besides the offensive line, the Bobcats have to come up with more options for a linebacking corps that wasn't all that great last year and now has to replace Josh Minde on the strongside and Bryan Iwuji in the middle. The biggest issue, though, is the left side of the O line with tackle Michael Chambers and guard Jon Vernon gone.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Bobcats and head coach Dennis Franchione were solid last season, but they got obliterated by Texas Tech and Wyoming in the two games against FBS teams. The offense revolves around the ground game, but three starters are gone off the line. The backfield is back including top rushers Terrence Franks and Marcus Curry, while mobile quarterback Shaun Rutherford should make TSU one of the WAC's top rushing teams. The defense only loses three starters, but two of them are linebackers Josh Minde and Bryan Iwuji.

6. UT San Antonio | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The Roadrunners haven't had too much time getting ready for life in the WAC, but head coach Larry Coker has a young, YOUNG team without many glaring personnel needs. Redshirt freshmen are the norm across the board with only two upperclassmen among the 24 players on the offensive two-deep, and there's only one player needing to be replaced on defense.

Team Concerns For 2012: The WAC loses Hawaii, but it'll still be important to generate more of a pass rush after with all the young talent ready to fly around. The offense will take its lumps for a little while, but in time, it'll mature into something potentially strong going into 2013.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Led by former Miami head coach Larry Coker, the Roadrunners jump into FBS play with a decent-looking run defense and a terrific pass rush. However, the team that lost to McMurray and McNeese State while beating up on Minot State and Bacone will be a punching bag for a while. Ten starters return to a 4-2-5 defense that'll sell out to get into the backfield led by end Marlon Smith. The offense was really, really young last season, starting seven freshmen at times, but the payoff should come with only one starter – left guard Mike Sanchez – needing to be replaced.  
7. Utah State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The Aggies need to upgrade the running back corps with Robert Turbin and Michael Smith gone. The depth needs to be developed and any newcomers will get every shot to see time right away. After going heavy on the JUCO transfers over the last few years, head coach Gary Andersen is in a more secure position and the program can go after more freshmen options to build for down the road.

Team Concerns For 2012: Besides running back, the Aggies need help on the ends with Levi Koskan and Quinn Garner gone. The bigger problem, though, is at inside linebacker with tackling-machine Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher gone. The help might not be there right away from this class, but next year the prospects will have to come. This class will be to try to fill in a few gaps.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The Aggies lose star running back Robert Turbin to the NFL a year early and won't have Michael Smith to pick up the slack. Speedy Kerwynn Williams has to be the new star of the running game. Adam Kennedy is back at quarterback after starting late in the season, but Chuckie Keeton it the team's most dangerous playmaker in the backfield. Both starting guards are gone, but Tyler Larsen is one of the WAC's best centers. The defense that made tremendous strides last year loses heart-and-soul tackling linebackers Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher, and end Levi Koskan and Quinn Garner are gone off the 3-4. Free safety Alfred Bowden is the only starter gone in the secondary.

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