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Recruiting 2012 - Class Rankings 91 to 100

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Posted Feb 3, 2012


Ranking the recruiting classes from 1 to 124 ... 91 to 100

Recruiting 2012 ... CFN Rankings

Class Rankings No. 91 to 100


CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings

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100. Northern Illinois | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... This year is about the lines; next year will take care of the skill players. Dave Doeren came up with a MAC title in his first season and now he’s pulling in a decent class, but not a great one. The quarterback situation is being addressed for the future and the always great Huskie offensive line is getting more prospects. Defensively, the stars are in the linebacking corps that should pay off relatively soon.

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.

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.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 114. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. The one area that didn't need an instant impact was the offensive backfield, yet two of the key players were QB Casey Weston and RB Jasmin Hopkins to upgrade the talent level. However, Jerry Kill loaded up mostly on defensive backs bringing in Demetrius Stone from the JUCO ranks and DeChane Durante to be a part of the safety rotation. Akeem Daniels isn't a big corner, but he can fly.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 91. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Head coach Jerry Kill got a full recruiting season to work, and he brought in some playmakers to beef up a passing attack that struggled last year. Quarterbacks A.J. Hill and Jordan Lynch are strong prospects, and while there aren’t any receiver standouts, there are a lot of them and they can move.

99. Navy | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On...
More running backs. If you’re going to run an offense like Navy’s options at running back are must. Speed is coming in with to fit the Midshipman type of smallish scooters, but there isn’t a thumper of a fullback to rely on. The linebacking corps is getting some help, but a few years in the weight room will be a must to beef up the safety-sized prospects.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 105. That Class Was Heavy On ..
. Receivers. Navy always loads up on quarterbacks and running backs with its normal array of small, shifty runners who fit what the offense likes to do, but unlike normal classes, this one has real, live receivers. The talent level will always be lower at the service academies, but 6-2, 205-pound Don Pearson, 6-5 Michael May, and 6-3 Parrish Gaines bring size and real, live skill. Does this mean Navy will suddenly become Hawaii? No, but there should be more options for the attack in the immediate future.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linemen. As always, Navy brought in a ton of running backs to use and move around where needed. Dylan Chynoweth is the best of the lot, but Ryan Williams could be more explosive. Seven defensive linemen were signed on with the potential stars on the ends led by Daniel Godkin, who could've gone several other places, and possible speed rusher Joseph Champaign. The Navy defensive line will actually have a little bit of size with the addition of 6-0, 280-pound Brice Musgrove for the inside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 108. That Class Was Heavy On ... quarterbacks and running backs. This was a huge class for Navy loaded with linebackers, receivers, and mostly players for the backfield. There are four quarterback prospects and all of them can move. Kenneth Cluley fits the mold, while Jarvis Cummings is even faster. At least two of the signal callers will move to another spot. Also coming in are seven running backs, and outside of Matt Warrick, they’re all smallish and quick. There isn’t a thumping fullback in the group.

98. 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.

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.

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.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 81. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive potential. The Broncos beefed up the line with last year's class creating the foundation for this year's haul of skill players to potentially roll. Mike Perish and Zack Wynn will battle it out for the starting quarterback spot sooner than later, while running backs Dareyon Chance, Tevin Drake, and Weston Ross all provide something difference and should all the offense to be more ground oriented than in the past.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 86. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Ben Samson has the potential to be an anchor at one tackle spot, while the guard prospects, particularly Mark Zielinski and Josh Hadel, have big-time potential. The defense didn’t get a whole bunch of help.

97. 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.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. After focusing more on trying to get the passing game going last year, and beefing up the offensive line, this year’s class is about trying to upgrade the defensive front. There’s nice bulk coming in with the 272-pound Kendall Patterson and the 285-pound Patrick Williams to clog things up, while Joe Feliecia and Brandon Tammaro are dangerous prospects for the outside. JUCO transfer Wyatt Cahill will play right away at one end.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 109. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Turner Gill had loaded up with so many big classes that the program didn't just go light last year, but it didn't need a whole bunch this year, either. New head coach Jeff Quinn was looking for guys he could develop, and Rudy Johnson might be the quarterback of the future if he doesn't move to another spot. RB James Potts might be an instant impact performer, while there are some nice receiver prospects to get excited about.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 115. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive line. The small class didn’t get much in the way of bulk talent, but a few decent offensive linemen, especially at guard, are coming in to build for the future. There aren’t a lot of holes to fill right away with depth already built in from the last two classes, and this class showed it.

96. Kent State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Is Heavy On … Skill players. The offensive line got some help and the stars might turn out to be at defensive end with the speedy Colton Kmetz and Reno Reda coming in, but the class is looking mostly to upgrade its offense with some instant help at quarterback with David Fisher out of California. Running back Julian Durden is a smallish, quick back who can be a factor right away , while the receiver combination of James Brooks and Jordan Italiano are quick prospects with good potential. Tight end Kyle Crum should grow into a good target.

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.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Quarterback. Apparently, new head coach Darrell Hazell, an offensive coach, wants someone to get the anemic passing game moving. The last recruiting class came up with some strong receiver prospects, and now the hope will be for Evan Shimensky and Jordan Tarver to deliver the ball. They aren't big, strong passers, but they have good potential and nice mobility.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 115. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive front seven. After working on doing something for the passing game with last year's class, this year was all about the defense and especially the line with six decent prospects to try to generate even more of a pass rush. LB Steve Mehrer and safety Calvin Tiggle will play huge roles over the next few years. Offensively, quarterback got attention with the pickup of Gabe Henderson and Cedric McCloud.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 107. That Class Was Heavy On ... Wide receivers. There aren’t a lot of them, but a team that has been so reliant on the running game got a few decent targets to help the passing attack. Is Tyshon Goode a running back or a receiver? It doesn’t matter; he’s the best incoming playmaker who could make an impact right away in a variety of ways. The defensive line was all but ignored.

95. 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.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: XX. That Class Was Heavy On ... Joseph Gray. The Spartans loaded up last year, and now they need to find more playmakers. For the second year in a row, the defensive line gets the best overall players with 6-1, 305-pound Nathan Falo a possible anchor on the inside. However, the team needs more pop from the offense, and it needs smallish passing quarterback Joseph Gray to be the type of star who the rest of the program can build around. If ever one player can make a class, this might be it. It needs to be. No pressure, Joe.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 82. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. SJSU had one of the smallest classes in the country last year, and it made up for it by loading up this year for both sides of the ball. New coach Mike MacIntyre is a defensive head coach and he needed bodies up front. He got them, led by stud JUCO transfer Ah'Keem McKinney, who'll likely be penciled in as a starting tackle. JUCO transfers Andrew Moeaki and Ja'Rodd Watson also add some instant beef up front, while speed ends Sean Bacon, Marcus Howard, and Vince Buhagiar are for the future.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 97. That Class Was Heavy On ... 2010. With one of the smallest recruiting classes in the country, next year will be all about bringing in the bodies. There might not be many players coming in from this class, but there are some good ones with JUCO transfer Lamon Muldrow ready to be one of the main running backs right away, while the pitch-catch combination of Dasmen Stewart to James Orth looking to be rolling in a few years.

94. East Carolina | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Offense. The Pirates haven’t had too much of a problem putting up points and getting the passing game going under Ruffin McNeill, but now he needs to load up for the near future. More receiver talent is a must, but coming up with more options for the offensive line is also a need that’ll be addressed. After bringing in a slew of defensive backs in 2009, this year’s class needs more for the future.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive back. It’s time for that 2009 class to kick in with three starters gone. The leader, QB Dominique Davis, has to be replaced with Rio Johnson getting the first look, but he’ll need time to work behind a line that should be good in time, but needs a new left tackle to take over for Steven Baker.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 76. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. What does the worst defense in America need? People who can actually play defense. JUCO defensive ends John Lattimore and Leroy Vick are versatile enough to be moved around, while 290-pound Will Foxx has anchor potential. The biggest position upgrade could be at safety where Danny Webster and Domonique Lennon might be used out of the gate. Offensively, JUCO transfer Reggie Bullock is an intriguingly fast running back.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 99. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackles. New head coach Ruffin McNeill didn't have any time to do anything with the recruiting class, but he ended up getting four excellent offensive linemen to contribute right away. JUCO transfer Anthony Garrett will be an instant factor on the tackle depth chart, while Drew Gentry and Taylor Hudson were two of the team's best recruits.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 83. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Pirates have chosen to accentuate a team strength by bolstering an already talented secondary. Six defensive backs are the backbone of a relatively small class put together by Skip Holtz and his assistants. Damonte Terry, the top safety in the mix, is still raw, but has the speed and athletic ability to overshoot his grade at some point down the road.

93. 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.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Receivers. New head man Pete Lembo inherits a team with plenty of promising defenders, and while he isn’t ignoring the defensive side, especially at outside linebacker, the team is cranking up the passing game with several new targets. The best of the lot might be 5-11, 175-pound Willie Snead, but the rest of the class, like the 6-1, Chris Shillings, the 6-5 Trey Gardner, and the 6-3 Jacolby Owens, is literally big.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 95. That Class Was Heavy On ...
The secondary. This was a nice class considering the disastrous freefall of last season. There wasn't a need for a lot of young skill players, so the class focused on defense and mostly the defensive backs with four nice corner prospects signed led by Jeffery Garrett, who should probably have taken a longer look at a bigger name school, and the speedy Quintin Cooper. Brian Jones should grow into a good nickel or free safety.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 93. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players and linebackers. The defense got three interesting linebackers for the inside, led by Jacob Green, while the outside was addressed with a few players. It’s strength in numbers time for the offense with several running backs and receivers to go along with QB Aaron Mershman. RB Eric Williams is the best prospect of the bunch.

92. UAB | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 87. That Class Was Heavy On ... Kickers. After two big classes and working on the skill positions last year, UAB got a little bit of everything without loading up on any one spot. JUCO transfers Lamar Johnson and Calvin Jones will be used right away in the secondary, and some big prospects, led by the 6-3, 343-pound Uneik Crumbley, are brought in for the line. Apparently, though, one of the big concerns is Josh Zahn, the team’s placekicker who followed up a 14-of-21 2009 with a 7-of-17 field goal 2010 season. Kickers Colin Anderson and Ty Long were brought into provide a challenge. Considering six games last year were decided by five points or fewer, a good kicker is a must.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 108. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. The offense was Joe Webb, Joe Webb, and Joe Webb last year, and now there's an immediate infusion of talent to try to change that with seven wide receivers, four of them from the JUCO ranks, led by big Darnell Williams; the team's instant No. 1 target. Five running backs, including two JUCO transfers, were brought in, while the star should be Greg Franklin.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 96. That Class Was Heavy On ... safeties. Of the 24 new Blazers signed by Neil Callaway, a big portion is projected as safeties once they arrive in Birmingham. That’s not such a bad thing, considering last year’s starters, Will Dunbar and Matt Taylor, were seniors. The two junior-college transfers, Hiram Atwater and Elliott McGaskin, should be ready to compete right away, and David Conner was good enough to get mail from Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.

91. Marshall | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Doc Holliday has a ton of quarterback prospects in place, a true sophomore in Rakeem Cato to work around, and more talent on the way, and now he needs linemen to keep the passers clean. With both starting tackles gone, the outside of the line will get really young, really fast, opening the door for a few JUCO transfers.

Team Concerns For 2012: Offensive line. Along with both starting tackles done, so is right guard John Bruhin. Defensive playmakers need to emerge with end Vinny Curry, safety Omar Brown, and six starters gone, but there’s more speed and athleticism coming up than the program has had in the last several years. That talent has to show up on the outside with linebackers George Carpenter and Tyson Gale done, along with backup middle option Kellen Harris.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 65. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterback. The last two classes have loaded up on receivers, and Levern Jacobs is a 4.4 speedster coming in this year, but the Herd needs more pop to the passing game and hopes to get it with three interesting options. 6-5 Blake Frohnapfel is a chucker, Cornelius Jones if coming in from Fort Union Military Academy to try to challenge right away, and Rakeem Cato out of Miami can do a little bit of everything. Tight ends Rakim Reed and Eric Frohnapfel will be big factors in a few years.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 80. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. If nothing else, new head man Doc Holliday will have plenty of pass catchers to use in a rotation. Last year's Herd class was full of big, strong receivers. This year's class is loaded with small, quick ones led by the lightning-quick Fred Pickett. Josh Lovell is a do-it-all tight end who could be good enough to be better than Cody Slate with a little bit of work, while Jazz King, Antwon Chisolm, and Demetrius Evans are all talented enough to be given a long look for early playing time. New quarterback Eddie Sullivan will have plenty of practice options to play around with.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 102. That Class Was Heavy On ... wide receivers. The Herd has loaded up on a bunch of big, physical wide receivers that other schools felt were a little unpolished at this stage of their careers. A collection of athletes who all go at least 6-2, most are expected to do an apprenticeship in 2009 before being turned loose. A local kid, C.J. Crawford is both big and very fast. Wayne Bonner, on the other hand, comes via East Mississippi Junior College, and is most likely to chip in right away.