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Recruiting 2012 - Class Rankings 51 to 60

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Posted Feb 3, 2012


Ranking the recruiting classes from 1 to 124 ... 51 to 60

Recruiting 2012 ... CFN Rankings

Class Rankings No. 51 to 60


CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings

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60. SMU | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive line. June Jones went hard after the offense the last few years to get the players he needs to run his attack, and now it’s time to fortify the front wall that’s going to need prospects to develop for 2014. The offense won’t be ignored, but the key players are going to be for the line instead of among the skill players.

Team Concerns For 2012: Offensive line. Two starting receivers are gone, as is starting quarterback J.J. McDermott, but there are players in place to be just fine. The offensive line, though, is a huge concern with all five starters gone and backup center Blake McJunkin also done. Two starters are gone in the secondary and defensive end is a concern with Taylor Thompson and Szymon Czerniak done on the left side.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 51. That Class Was 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.

59. Boise State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The Broncos could use a few defensive linemen, or else next year will have to focus mostly on the front four. Quarterback has been addressed over the last few classes, and receivers are in place for the future. Linebacker might turn out to be the strength with a little bit of time, while the stars of the class will be for the secondary.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive line. Considering all four starters are gone and a few good backups are also bolting, there might be some push at the last second to see if some warm bodies can come in to provide a little bit of help. Of course, all eyes will be on Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick to see if either one can come close to being another Kellen Moore. RB D.J. Harper is getting another year, and he has to prove he can handle Doug Martin’s workload.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive front seven. How much impact has Boise State’s move to the Mountain West had on recruiting? Yawwwwwwn. Down the road, the move up might matter a little bit, but it didn’t do much this year with a good class, but not an elite one. However, JUCO transfer safety Dextrell Simmons is a special prospect and corner Eric Agbaroji is a nice pickup for the secondary. The strength is on the defensive front, including linebacker Blake Renaud for the middle, with tackle Jeff Worthy and ends Sam Ukwachu and Robert Ash all expected to be rocks over the next several years.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 94. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quality over quantity. There simply weren't any spots to fill, and it showed with a light class. However, the players brought in were good ones highlighted by big receiver Matt Miller, QB Grant Hedrick, who won't be in the mix until at least 2013, and corner Bryan Douglas, the next great Bronco shut-down defender. This year's defensive line didn't need a whole bunch of work, but it got a little boost from JUCO transfer Tyrone Crawford, a speed rusher for the outside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 62. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebacker. While the Broncos were able to come up with a little something for several spots, the stars are at linebacker where John Michael Davis and Allen Mooney were two tremendous gets, while Gabe Linehan should be excellent with a little time in the weight room. This is the Boise State 2013 starting linebacking corps. Two good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick and Mikey Tamburo, were also signed to develop until Kellen Moore is done.

58. 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. 

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On
Receivers. Last year might have been a success, but the offense struggled and the passing game was hit-or-miss. With four strong receivers, led by 6-4 instant-impact producers Justin Olack and Alonzo Russell along with JUCO transfer tight end Colby Kratch, the Rockets are looking to throw it around a bit more. This is the second straight huge class with plenty of prospects with a little of everything being addressed, and while the receivers are the stars, offensive tackle and defensive back also got a boost.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 75. That Class Was Heavy On ... Bulk. There was little specific targeting for Tim Beckman with a year to recruit, and he and his staff did a fantastic job of upgrading the overall talent level. RBs Cassius McDowell and David Fluellen provide a potential thunder and lightning tandem, and Taylor Miller will be an all-star blocker before he's done. Defense has been a huge problem over the last few seasons but LBs Jayrone Elliott and Zac Rosenbauer should shore things up soon while JUCO transfer Taikwon Paige and Keith Suggs bring more athleticism to the secondary.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 109. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. There are several decent incoming defensive ends/linebackers, and the passing game got a boost for the future, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with four corner prospects, led by the lightning fast Byron Best, and safety Jermaine Robinson, who might be ready to play right away.

57. Indiana | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... FBS players. Head coach Kevin Wilson openly groused about the talent level after coming over from Oklahoma, and now he has had a full recruiting season to change things around. While he lost top quarterback prospect Dusty Kiel to Notre Dame, he’s getting a few passers and some strong receivers. The defense has to be far better, and it starts up front with JUCO transfers Jaccari Alexander and David Cooper for the linebacking corps, and enough talent for the depth on the line to get an immediate upgrade.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offense has to start producing on a consistent basis. Tre Robertson is a fun quarterback to work around, and Stephen Houston is a promising, pounding back, but Wilson’s passing attack needs a deep threat and the line has to be night and day better. There’s experience, but the skill level is lacking.

The 2011 Class Was 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 corners.

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.

56. Washington State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Take a wild stab at what new head coach Mike Leach is looking to bring in. It actually isn’t quite what you’d think, even though a few nice receivers are signing up. Leach is starting up front by signing up offensive linemen to build around for the next few years. There aren’t a lot of top prospects coming in – there hasn’t been enough time for Leach to work – but it’s a huge class with lots of options to play around with. Soon, though, he’ll be going after the passers he needs to run his attack.

Team Concerns For 2012: Is there a quarterback who can wing it around the yard 50 times a game? The receivers are in place with Marquess Wilson leading a strong group, and the running backs are just good enough to potentially add a little balance, but the offseason will be all about the quarterbacks. The defense gets nine starters back and could be terrific up front with last year’s JUCO transfers about to play bigger roles.

The 2011 Class Was 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 outside. 

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.

55. Penn State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Whatever head coach Bill O’Brien can get. A few prospects have said they wanted to come to Penn State no matter what, but for the most part, the top players are staying away from the mess. This is hardly a disastrous recruiting season considering all the problems with few good receivers signing on and the defensive line is getting a few three-star types, but this isn’t nearly the type of class the program is used to getting.

Team Concerns For 2012: It’s all about getting through the transition. The offense needs the most help, especially for the passing game. The quarterbacks in place simply can’t play, but at least Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden are veterans. The defensive line has to replace Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Devon Still and end Jack Crawford, and all four starters are gone from the secondary. The offensive line loses four starters from a group that was fine, but merely above-average at best.

The 2011 Class Was 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 also signing.

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.

54. Boston College | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Is BC the new Linebacker U.? With Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly, the tradition of spectacular linebacker play continues, and now the program needs to load up on more options for the middle. The position is fine for now, but the class will be looking three years ahead. Upgrading the receiver talent would be a bonus.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offense has to find more pop. 2010 might have been a dud, but this was a young team in several areas and now comes back loaded with talent. Replacing Kuechly is next to impossible, and backup in the middle Will Thompson is also gone. The last few classes have solidified an O line that should be deep and strong for the next few seasons. All the key skill players were sophomores, and now the have to start doing far more.

The 2011 Class Was 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 linebacker.

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.

53. 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. 

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Receivers. After loading up on skill players last year, the offense should be far better in a hurry. Apparently, new head man Steve Addazio wants bodies to throw to. The passing game got an instant infusion with 6-4 JUCO bomber Clinton Grainger coming in to chuck it around, and five wide receivers, highlighted by a fantastic get in Daquan Cooper and JUCO transfers Malcolm Eugene and Tyron Eugene to make plays.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 76. That Class Was Heavy On ...
Skill players. For a program that has struggled so much to put points on the board, and has had so many issues getting things moving through the air, the passing game got some special attention. Al Golden has gone big on skill guys in the past, and last year was supposed to be about the offensive line and RB Bernard Pierce turned into something special. This year, RB Myron Ross is a big thumper who should make a difference while WRs Antonio Belt and Deon Miller might be better than anyone currently on the roster. This is an instant impact class of receivers.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 90. That Class Was Heavy On ... Guards. Temple has gone heavy on skill players over the last few years, loading up on receivers and running backs last year, and it also brought in the guards. The Owls did it again with several very good prospects for the interior of the offensive line with Cody Bohler and Darryl Pringle ready-made blockers who could make an impact right away. The best prospect for the front is Kadeem Custis, a tackle.

52. Arizona | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Players who can run the spread. Arizona was No. 3 in the nation in passing with Nick Foles under center, and now Rich Rodriguez has to find a Denard Robinson/Pat White type who can run his offense. He’s saying he’ll tailor the offense around the players and not the players to the offense, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going after the players he needs. However, this doesn’t look like it’ll be a big class of running backs with most of the attention paid to the defensive line.

Team Concerns For 2012: Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. Foles is off to the NFL and the top backup options are all gone, so the job this offseason will be wide open to any and all prospects coming in. Even with the emphasis about to go on the running game, a No. 1 receiver has to emerge – Dan Buckner, your table is ready – with Juron Criner gone. The defense has to find two new starting linebackers and needs a shutdown corner to replace Trevin Wade.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Kickers. It’s a surprisingly sparse class with little star power and no one area of instant improvement … except at kicker. Jamie Salazer and Kyle Dugandzic come in from the JUCO ranks to battle it out for time, even though Alex Zendejas is coming off a decent year hitting 14-of-19 field goals. The best part of the class is running back with KaDeem Carey and Jared Baker two quick backs who can do a little bit of everything right. Dominique Petties and Patrick Onwuasor are two good safeties to keep an eye on.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linemen. Lots and lots of linemen. The Wildcats got their receivers last year and are solid at the skill positions, but they still got a star target in JUCO transfer Dexter Ransom. The lines needed to be fortified, and this is the class for that with five linemen brought in for the offensive side and five for the defense. Kirifi Taula is the defensive tackle the line will eventually build around, but JUCO transfers Willie Mobley and Mohammed Usman will be needed now for depth. There weren't many stars for the offensive line, but tackles Trent Spurgeon and Matthew Jakubiec have tremendous upside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass-catchers. If you’re going to successfully run Sonny Dykes’ offense, you better have depth at the receiver position. The Wildcats took a quantum leap in that direction, signing more than a half-dozen wideouts and tight ends. The hands-down gem of that group is local standout Adam Hall, who had his choice of destinations. Actually, there’s so much talent here, it could free up Hall to move over to safety, where he’s just as dangerous.

51. Duke | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... More options for the passing game. The 2010 class addressed the quarterback situation for the next few years, but more and more targets need to be developed for down the road. Head coach David Cutcliffe is trying to build up the offensive talent level, and he’s getting a few more good prospects than normal. With Donovan Varner gone and Conner Vernon done next year, the opportunities will be there to shine early on.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offense has to start producing like it’s supposed to. Varner is the only big loss with QB Sean Renfree, all the top backs, and Vernon returning to provide the experience needed to be consistent, and after going through the growing pains with four underclassmen starting up front, all five starters are back on the line. This is when the payoff has to come.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Offensive linemen. The skill players were all but ignored after going big for the passing game last season, and now the David Cutcliffe offense needs blockers to allow the machine to run. Marcus Aprahamian is a strong tackle prospect with the body to be ready almost right away, while guards Lucas Patrick and Cody Robinson out of Tennessee should be good in time. The defense got help up front with Sam Marshall leading a decent group of linemen, while the secondary went big on the corner with Jared Boyd, Jamison Crowder, and Tim Burton all good enough to have gone somewhere bigger.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Now that David Cutcliffe isn't going anywhere (at least for this year), bringing in decent quarterback prospects isn't an issue. Who wants to be a statistical star? Brandon Cromartie is one of the better quarterback prospects the program has had in a while, and Anthony Boone will get his chances. Brandon Braxton and Braxton Deaver are dangerous receiver prospects, and Juwan Thompson could be the key to the running game this year.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Blue Devils perennially struggle to stop opposing passers, which prompted David Cutcliffe to go extremely heavy on the secondary. Almost one-third of the class is either a safety or a cornerback, led by Taylor Sowell, a 6-0 speedster who garnered a lot of attention from the rest of the ACC. Duke had rare success in South Carolina, a credit to the job being done by secondary coach Derek Jones.