Recruiting 2013 - Independent Needs
Posted Feb 6, 2013

What does each Independent team need and what are the concerns?

Recruiting 2013 

Independent Rankings

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 

Army | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The Knights have to keep working on coming up with some sort of a passing game. Of course, the Knights are all about the running game, but the passing attack - the worst in the nation last season - at least has to be more efficient. If you're going to run like Army does, you have to be able to hit the home run once in a while. On the flip side, the defense has to prevent the big play after getting bombed on time and again. It starts with a pass rush that did absolutely nothing with just 13 sacks on the year. The run defense wasn't a prize, either, allowing 232 yards per game.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The Knights have a decent quarterback recruit in Kado Brown, and there are plenty of running backs and receivers for the offense to work with. Offensive guard Patrick Joseph is the team's top recruit and might be needed sooner than later, and there are plenty of linebackers are bring brought in to add more speed and athleticism to the position. The talent, though, should be on the defensive line with ends Andrew McLean and Caleb Newman each good enough to have played at bigger schools. The each need to turn into pass rushers, and next year, the coaching staff has to find more bulk for the interior.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 120. That Class Was Heavy On ... Is head coach Rich Ellerson doing anything to help the woeful passing game? He's getting a few receiver prospects, but the class will mostly revolve around a defense that needs bigger and better bodies up front. Defensive tackle will be a big key to the class, while the secondary get an influx of prospects with the idea to become faster and more athletic in the back seven as soon as possible. 

BYU | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cougars have to do a better job in pass protection. The line wasn't miserable, but it was mediocre for the ground game and it got the quarterbacks popped way too often. Three starters are back up front, but star tackle Braden Brown and center Braden Hansen are gone. The defense has to replace all three starters up front from a superior run D that finished second in the nation. The quarterback situation will be under the microscope needing Taysom Hill to get back from a knee injury.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It's a surprisingly mediocre class, even though Bronco Mendenhall is bringing in a ton of prospects sprayed all across the positions. The defensive front has a great one in JUCO transfer defensive tackle Maataua Brown, and offensive guard Braden Kearsley is by far the star of the class with tackle ability and the strength to play inside. The defensive backfield has more than its share of bodies with Dallin Leavitt an excellent safety out of Oregon and Kai Nacua a good one out of Nevada. JUCO transfer Trenton Trammell is going to push for a starting corner job right away, while fellow JUCO pickup Samuel Lee will see time right away somewhere in the secondary.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 63. That Class Was Heavy On ... After losing former super-recruit quarterback Jake Heaps to Kansas, BYU needed to find a new quarterback for the future. While there isn't anyone coming in with Heaps' hype, Tanner Mangum is highly regarded and could be in the starting hunt next year when Riley Nelson is done. The linebacking corps is getting the most talent, but overall the skill players should make the class. 

Idaho | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: New head coach Paul Petrino has to get the offense and the running game working. The Vandals finished dead last in the nation in scoring, averaging just 15.8 points per game, burdened by a ground attack that didn't go anywhere, averaging just 89 yards per outing. The defense wasn't much better finishing with the third-worst scoring D while the special teams also needs more pop for the nation's worst punting game that averaged a yard per return. Everything has to start with the turnover margin after giving it up 39 times and only coming up with 22 takeaways.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO linebackers. The running game is looking for some instant help with JUCO transfers Jerrel Brown and Kris Olugbode, but the prepsters Isaiah Saunders and Danny Wilson are the better prospects. JUCOer Anthony Neyer will get a look at quarterback, and Dezmon Epps out of City College of San Francisco will eventually be a No. 1 target. However, the defense that needs so much help is getting the biggest infusion early on with Marc Millan from Santa Ana JUCO, Juan Martinez from CC of San Francisco and Broc Westlake from Sierra College.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 90. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 113. That Class Was Heavy On ... the passing game. The Idaho defense has been a mega-issue over the last several years, and after loading up on defensive tackles last year, more were brought in with JUCO transfers Aaron Lazaro and Dontae Scott providing two 300-pound rocks for the middle. Looking to get more pop to the passing game, the Vandals got a few strong prospects with 6-6, 250-pound JUCO transfer Dominique Blackman in to challenge for the starting job right away, and big MarQuan Major and speedy Cameron McKernan in to take over the receiving corps.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 102. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive tackles. Head coach Robb Akey brought in a varied, diverse class with a little something for all spots, including center with Sam Tupua possibly the next great Vandal lineman now that Mike Iupati is gone and Mike Marboe the anchor for the future. But the bulk stars are on the defensive front, especially at tackle with big, big bodies being brought in with 285-pound JUCO transfer Ben Swarts, and 290-pound JUCO star Aaron Strumski to fill in right away.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 114. That Class Was Heavy On ... Variety. What do you get for the team that needs everything? The class is spread out over all the positions with enough JUCO players here and there to provide a few more options, while the top position might be linebacker with Jared Heston and Conrad Scheidt arguably the team’s best recruits. The junior college players help boost this class, only because the team needs players. CB Kevin Williams and WR Michael Lindsey will almost certainly play right away.

Navy | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Will there ever be a pass rush? It's part of the function of the Navy defense to not send players into the backfield on a regular basis, but there has to be more pressure on a regular basis after finishing 100th in the nation in sacks and 114th in tackles for loss. The running game, for being Navy, has to be even better. It sputtered and struggled against Army and San Jose State, and while it had some dominant games, it has to be more consistent. It would be nice if the placekicking improved after Nick Sloan hit just one of his final four attempts.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... The offensive backfield. Navy is coming in with a huge class of players with a surprising number of receivers to play around with - several will become defensive backs or running backs - and with Sean Spence leading a solid group of defensive linemen. There's actual size among the defensive tackles, especially with 310-pound Patrick Forrestal and 280-pound Dylan Fischer, and linebacker Colton Jumper will eventually be the team's leading tackler. However, it's Navy, so the emphasis will always be on the backfield. Dishan Romine is the only running back of note, but there are plenty of options coming in. Travis Marshall is the best of the quarterback lot that'll be developed for three years from now.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 99. That 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. 

New Mexico State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Aggies have to work on everything. New head coach Doug Martin has to first work on the defense that failed to generate any pass rush and was miserable against anyone who wanted to run the ball. On the other side of the ball, there has to be a running game to give quarterback Andrew Manley a little bit of help. It starts with an offensive line that got Manley hammered and didn't come up with anything for the rushing attack. There's no hope of getting better without improving the turnover margin. The Aggies came up with just four picks and five recovered fumbles.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. It's a tough beat for Doug Martin with almost no time to work and no conference to sell to prospects, but he's doing what he can. Linebacker Brandon Hines is a nice get out of Texas, and running back Marquette Washington has the speed and size to end up working the offense around, but the key might be the receiving corps. Jerrion Burton and James Ooten out of California will eventually be starters, while Prentavious Morehead will someday be a No. 1 target.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 108. That 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. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 118. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. JUCO receiver Kemonte Bateman is a 4.4 blazer who can finally provide some pop for the Aggie passing game, but the program also needs to develop more quarterback depth and find more options. There isn’t a sure-thing starter in the lot, but it’s a strength-in-numbers class with 6-5, 225-pound Matt Jaramillio, Travaughn Colwell, and Gary Isaacson all fighting it out to be the face of the program in the near future. JUCO transfer DE Sean Brown needs to be an instant impact pass rusher.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 110. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. DeWayne Walker struggled with his first recruiting class, and his second one isn't all that great. However, considering the team made decent strides after starting from near-scratch, it was a must to get more players who can help the team right away. And here come the JUCO transfers with seven coming in highlighted by OT Aundre McGaskey, who might be an anchor from snap one. DT David Mahoney should be a big factor right away, while QB Matt Christian will get every chance to start.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 120. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive tackle. New head coach DeWayne Walker is a defensive coach by trade and he wanted to start off his era by improving the interior of the defense … now. Three JUCO transfers are coming in, John Finau, D’Juan Yates, and Vincent Federico, and they’re all expected to make an impact. Walker was also able to get two JUCO receivers, William Bullock and Marcus Allen, who would’ve been big-time producers in the Hal Mumme era.

Notre Dame | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: As good as last year was, a lot of problems were glossed over by the team's terrific ability to find ways to win. Everett Golson might have been great, but he needs to be a more consistent and efficient passer despite the loss of tight end Tyler Eifert and with so much turnover on offense. The defense should be special again, but it'll have to go on without Manti Te'o and find a replacement for Kapron Lewis-Moore on the end. The return game was inexcusably bad considering how good George Atkinson III is. The Irish averaged a pathetic 2.19 yards per punt return and just 19.6 yards per kickoff return.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive tackles. This is a fantastic class with a star for just about every spot. Once again, the Irish have a pipeline to tight ends with Durham Smythe and Mike Heuerman each looking the part. The receiving corps is terrific with Will Fuller and James Onwualu the best prospects, but Torii Hunter and David Robinson's son, Corey, the two big names in the bunch. Getting Jaylon Smith makes the linebacking corps special, and Cole Luke and Max Redfield are two starting defensive backs with next-level skills. However, the best overall position is offensive tackle with Steven Elmer, Mike McGlinchey and Colin McGovern all good enough to be the star of anyone's offensive line class, and Hunter Bivin isn't too far behind. John Montelus might be the nation's best guard prospect.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 20. That Class Was Heavy On ... A star quarterback. Head coach Brian Kelly brought in some nice options over the years, but he didn't get anyone like Gunner Kiel,'s No. 1 ranked quarterback, who switched from LSU to Indiana to the Irish. The talent level is quickly improving over the last two classes with the most noticeable difference on the lines from the last two years. This year, if everything goes according to plan, the secondary will provide the biggest boost with a few nice safety prospects and corner Tee Shepard out of Fresno to soon be the team's shutdown coverman on one side.