Recruiting 2013 - C-USA East Rankings

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Posted Feb 7, 2013


Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Conference USA East Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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1. Marshall | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Considering the passing game led the nation and the offense finished sixth, there isn't a lot of concern with eight starters returning, even though the offensive line has to be far better in pass protection. The defense was the second-worst in college football in points allowed, giving up over 43 per game getting flattened time and again against the run. Eight starters are back on D, and now they all have to tackle someone to take advantage of the explosive attack.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. What does the nation's best passing game need? More receivers, and Doc Holliday has brought in some interesting ones with Angelo Jean-Louis destined to be a Conference USA all-star and Deontay McManus a dangerous weapon who'll quickly put up big numbers. However, the Herd also needs to stop someone, especially someone's passing game, and the hope is for JUCO transfer Taj Letman can hold down a safety job while fellow JUCOer Lakeith Murray will push for a corner gig. Those two are good, but Chocolate Wilson has the potential to be great at corner.

2. East Carolina | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Pirates have enough talent returning to win the newly-shaped Conference USA and do it convincingly. However, the pass defense has to be better after getting bombed on regularly, allowing 276 yards per game. Both starting corners - Jacobi Jenkins and Leonard Paulk - have to be replaced in what will be one of the team's biggest position battles. The ground game has to be stronger with Vintavious Cooper needing a bit more room to run for an attack that averaged a mere 135 yards per game.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receivers. The Pirates went big on offense last year, too, and now there are more weapons to add to the lot. Linebacker Devaris Brunson is the best new recruit, and offensive tackle Brandon Smith will eventually start, but Isaiah Jones and Trevon Brown could be the keys to a deep group of receivers to help the Ruffin McNeill passing game shine. Kurt Benkert is a good quarterback pickup who committed early and should be a factor by 2015.

3. Southern Miss | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Winning. There's way, way too much talent to be 2012 bad again, but there's still a long way to go. The Golden Eagles couldn't come up with a victory last year, so Step One for Todd Monken is to simply get a win to get the monkey off the program's back. Just about every area needs to improve beginning with replacing seven starters on an offense that finished dead last in the league in scoring. Mistakes were a major issue finishing 115th in the nation in turnover margin thanks to a defense that couldn't come up with enough takeaways.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Defensive tackle Dylan Bradley is undersized, but he might be the most talented player being brought in. However, 320-pound JUCO transfer Fredrick Moore should be able to step in and find a role immediately while Devin Farrior should be a steady starter after a few years in the weight room. The interior wasn't ignored with James Davis a potentially strong guard once he packs on some more muscle.

6. UAB | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Blazers have to be better on the offensive front and the defense has to be far tougher against the run. The O line was last in the league in sacks allowed and did nearly nothing for the running game, while the defense gave up way too many big plays getting torched time and again while finishing last in the league in pass efficiency defense. The punt coverage team wasn't a prize netting a mere 33.5 yards per try, even though Hunter Mullins ranked 12th in the nation averaging 44.8 yards a boot.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receiver. After working on the skill positions a few years ago, UAB needs more firepower for down the road. However, JUCO transfer DeVante Scott is being brought in to be a No. 1 target right away, but J.J. Green, Greg Maclin and Adrian Kirkland are bodies to develop. Tight end Korey Cunningham has excellent size and the upside to be a safety-valve receiver.

8. Middle Tennessee | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Blue Raiders have to start getting more out of their pass rush to help out a beleaguered secondary. It was a trickle down effect; the front four didn't get behind the line and the defensive backs got burned time and again. All four starters are back in the secondary, and three were underclassmen, but they're going to have a nightmare of a time in Conference USA unless someone can get to the quarterback. The punt return game has to be far better after finishing 114th in the nation.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Blue Raiders went the JUCO route a few years ago, and this time they're building for down the line. Tackle Jordan Harris has the frame to grow into a starting tackle, while Daniel Stephens is a fireplug of a guard who should eventually be good for the running game. Watch out for JUCO transfer Devin Clarke at receiver and prep prospect Kamani Thomas at running back - they could be the featured stars in 2014. Kicker Canon Rooker is good enough to fight for time the second he sets foot on campus.

11. Florida Atlantic | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Owls have to find ways to score against the stronger defenses. The pass rush was miserable with a mere 12 sacks on the season, and the special teams were abysmal, but the defense will come around under Carl Pelini. FAU has to start putting points on the board and it has to start with a better ground game. The O started to work over the second half of the season, but it needs to keep the chains moving.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Players from outside of Florida. Carl Pelini is starting to settle in a bit, but he's not exactly putting a fence around the State of Miami. JUCO transfer Jacquez Johnson is a smallish quarterback from Mississippi who'll try to get the woeful offense going, while guard Austin Bland and JUCO transfer Braden Lyons will get a long look for the O line. Defensive tackles Lance Burlingame from Massachusetts and Derek Butcher from North Dakota are JUCO transfers brought in to fight for time in the interior. The best players in the class, though, are at linebacker with Robert Relf and Andrew Curtis both coming in from Brophy College Prep in Arizona.

12. Florida International | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: New head coach Ron Turner was brought in to kickstart an offense that wasn't too bad. With only four starters returning to each side of the ball, it's going to take some work to find the right pieces to fit again. There were several positives to last year's miserable campaign - the run defense was great - but the offensive line has to be far stronger in pass protection and has to do more to blast away for the running game.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The coaching change has made it interesting to try bringing in local recruits, but offensive tackle Sandley Jean-Felix is still coming in and should turn into an anchor. Guard Jordan Budwig is big and can hit, while Jason Rae is a short blocker with upside. Now Ron Turner needs more decent defensive players to work into the rotation.