Recruiting 2013 - C-USA West Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Conference USA West Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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Recruiting 2013 
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4. Tulsa | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: After winning the Conference USA title and rolling over Iowa State in the bowl, there are big problems on a defense that has to replace eight starters after leading the league in most major categories. The offense has to find a deep passing game after relying mostly on the ground attack to carry the attack. Quarterback Cody Green has to be more efficient considering he'll get plenty of time to work behind a terrific line. The punting game has to improve after Cole Way averaged just 39 yards per boot.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. The Golden Hurricane went heavy on targets last year, but there's always room for more. Keevan Lucas has the speed and talent to become a No. 1 target, while Khalid Kornegay and tight end Jesse Brubaker have excellent upside. Quarterback Ben Oberste and Ryan Rubley will one day fight it out for the starting job with Oberste a little more talented but Rubley a bit bigger. Devin Rolan is going to one day be a leading tackler at linebacker, and Joe Bean is soon going to be a starting safety.

5. Rice | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Owls are loaded with veterans - welcoming back 20 starters - but they need be better on the lines. The offense didn't have too many problems moving the ball despite issues in pass protection. All five starters are back up front after going through a few growing pains, and now the payoff has to come. The punting and punt return games need improvement. Punter Taylor Cook has to be replaced, and Dennis Parks has to be more productive after helping the Owls average just 4.32 yards per try.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Tight ends. Rice has cranked out some nice pass catching tight ends over the years, and it's bringing in two very tall protoypes going around 6-6 and 230 pounds. Colt Hunt has the most upside, but Robby Wells isn't too far behind. Corner Anthony Canady is the most talented player brought in, and running back Jowan Davis will be a factor, but Hunt and Wells appear to be the surest things.

7. UTSA | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Head coach gets back all 11 starters on an offense that stalled way too often running the ball against the better WAC defenses. Out of the 21 touchdown runs, just one came in the four losses. The defense got ripped apart by most passing games over the second half of the season allowing 324 yards or more in each of the last five games and gave up 17 touchdown passes with just three picks in the last six outings.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... FBS talents. It's not like the Roadrunners are taking any prospects away from Alabama, but after not needing to come up with too many bodies in the 2012 class, this one is full with a variety of different prospects for all spots. The line isn't getting a slew of top-shelf stars, but running backs Jalen Rhodes and Jarveon Williams were nice gets, and corner Nkeal Bailey will soon be a key part of the secondary. 

9. Tulane | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Green Wave needs to stop the run. The offense might not have cranked out a ton of yards in Curtis Johnson's first season, but the passing game started to work despite the problems in pass protection. The nation's second-worst running game has to be better, but that will only come if the line is far better. The O will come around, but the defense needs to be far more physical after finishing last in the league against the run and second-to-last in scoring and total D.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. With starter Ryan Griffin done, three big passers are coming in with JUCO transfer Nick Montana looking to fill the void immediately after starting out his career at Washington. The secondary is getting the most overall help with safety Nico Marley leading a deep class and Richard Allen and Parry Nickerson adding speed to the outside. Local product, guard Kenneth Santa Marina, is the team's best prospect and needs to add more to the ground game as soon as possible.

10. Louisiana Tech | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bulldogs have plenty of holes to fill on the nation's most productive offense. Skip Holtz has to come up with the right quarterback to replace Colby Cameron, but first things first, four new starters have to emerge on the line. The offense will be fine, but the defense is a different story after finishing dead last in the nation in yards allowed. There has to be more of a pass rush to help out a secondary that gave up a nation-worst 340 yards per outing.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebackers. Can Skip Holtz take advantage of some strong classes brought in by Sonny Dykes? The coaching change made life harder this recruiting season, but there are still some decent prospects coming in, especially at linebacker with JUCO transfers Nick Thomason and Mitchell Villemez each expected to help out the nation's worst defense right away. Wide receiver Ladell Marshall and end Nicholas Bickham are good prospects for down the road.

14. UTEP | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: New head coach Sean Kugler is in charge of trying to crank up a defense that couldn't make enough plays behind the line and an offense that had problems putting points on the board. The O was able to move the ball a bit with a nice passing game, but not enough drives finished well. The D finished last in the league in tackles for loss, but all four starters are back on the defensive front.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... 2014. It's a small class for Sean Kugler to deal with after a few years of loading up on bodies under Mike Price. Quarterback Mark Leftwich is an interesting option, but he'll likely have to wait in line with the 2011 class of passers maturing. JUCO transfer Nick Gathrite will try to produce for the passing game right away as a key receiver, while JUCOer Jameel Erving and freshman Jaylon Scott will bring the most immediate help at corner.

15. North Texas | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Points. The offense moved the ball without much of a problem averaging close to 400 yards per game, but it couldn't close out drives with enough points failing to score more than 24 in every game but two. The receiving corps needs to replace a few key parts and quarterback Derek Thompson needs to be more efficient and more effective, especially in the red zone. The special teams, especially the return games, have to be far better after finishing last in the Sun Belt in punt returns and 104th in the nation in kickoff returns.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Dan McCarney likes his offensive linemen, and after a year when the Mean Green front five was so strong in pass protection, he knows how to coach them. JUCO transfers Justin Manu at tackle and Shawn McKinney at center are at least ready to step in and help out with the depth, while guards Harrison Sorge, Dominic Walker and Hunter Siddons will be starters in three years. JUCO transfer Brock Berglund is an interesting option to at least fight for the No. 2 job.