Recruiting 2013 - MAC West Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 MAC West Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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1. Toledo | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: With eight starters gone on a defense that finished last in the MAC against the pass and 109th in overall yards allowed. Three starters are gone on the defensive front and three are gone in the secondary. After allowing 291 yards per game through the air, the Rockets have to tighten up with all the new starters, and it would help to get a bit more out of the pass rush. The offense that was so strong at times died in the bowl loss to Utah State, but it gets back nine starters.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The secondary that struggled so much last season might be looking for a little bit of instant help from Austin Niswander and Delando Johnson at safety, while DeJuan Rogers is a great get at corner. The defense got the most help up front with JUCO transfer Robert Zimmerman a decent pickup for the depth and Marquise Moore and end Daniel Davis brought in for a few years from now. It's a deep class of linemen with several other options to play around with. On offense, quarterback Logan Woodside has excellent upside with the perfect tools to fit the Rocket attack.

2. Central Michigan | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The pass rush has to show up. 100th in the nation in sacks, the front four failed to do nearly enough to bother the quarterback, while there weren't enough tackles for loss to help out a mediocre run defense. The offense was fine, but the ground game needs to be more effective behind a solid offensive line. The punt return game has to improve after averaging a miserable 2.58 yards per try. The punting could stand to be better after netting just 35.6 yards per try.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Getting defensive tackle Michael Steinhauer and safety Josh Cox should help out a defense full of decent prospects. The defensive backfield should turn out to be one of the biggest keys to this class, while linebackers Jeffrey Perry and Joey Ostman will eventually be factors. Mark Chapman leads an excellent haul of receivers, and Darrien Boone is a good looking passer, but the class is most helped by the offensive linemen. Derek Edwards is a terrific guard prospect and tackle Jack Ford and guard J.P. Quinn should eventually be a key part of the puzzle.

5. Ball State | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cardinals need to get more out of the defensive line. They've been able to get by with a great offense and solid special teams, but the D hasn't been pulling its weight, especially up front. The front four isn't making enough stops behind the line, and the pass rush hasn't been effective enough to help a secondary that gives up yards in bunches. The run defense has suffered, too, giving up 208 yards per game.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Cardinals are getting a few nice linebackers in Anthony Winbush out of Indianapolis and JUCO transfer Stephan Martin, and the offensive line has the talent. Massive tackle prospect Haris Vrabac is the star of the bunch, but JUCO transfer P.J. Scott could push for a starting job right away and guard Vinnie Palazeti will eventually be a key part of the puzzle. Quarterback Jack Milas is an interesting get to develop for a 2016.

6. Western Michigan | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The Broncos have to be better at hanging on to the ball. Miserable in the turnover margin, WMU gave it up 31 times on the season while the defense came up with a mere 17 takeaways. That wasn't the only reason for losing five of the final six games, but it didn't help. Seven starters are gone on offense including quarterback Alex Carder and four starters up front to a decent line that struggled to get the running game going. The punting game that averaged an abysmal 33.65 yards per try needs more out of J. Schroeder.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen, especially guard. The Broncos might have a future star in outside linebacker Caleb Bailey, and end Andre Turner is a terrific pass rushing prospect, but the offense got the biggest boost with two terrific guards - Shakier Carr and Josh Bass - to go along with a few other options. Receivers Corey Davis and Darius Phillips should be among the MAC's best new pass catchers. Daryl Chestnut out of Miami will one day lead the team in rushing, and it'll help to have this class of linemen.

7. Eastern Michigan | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The Eagles have to figure out the defense again after finishing dead last in the nation against the run partly because the pass rush was the worst in the conference and the plays in the backfield were almost non-existent. The D couldn't seem to stop anyone with an offense, while the EMU attack didn't have enough of a passing game to keep up the pace. Finishing last in the MAC in total offense and total defense equaled a 2-10 overall record, and having to replace six starters on defense means the team has to start from scratch in several areas. That might not be a bad thing.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Brogan Roback. There were some decent players brought in with corner Jaleel Canty an eventual No. 1 shutdown corner and end Deshai Powell the type of pass rush the team could've used last year, but quarterback Brogan Roback is the key get. With the talent to go anywhere in the MAC, and with some mild interest from the FBSers, he needs to be the signature star of the program in the near future. Brandon Bossard and David Pulliam are quarterback prospects who'll be there to get their shot in a few years in case Roback isn't up to snuff.

8. Northern Illinois | The 2013 Recruiting Class  

Team Concerns For 2013: The Huskies have work to do on defense after losing seven starters including three up front. The run defense is going to need a little bit of help, and replacing linebackers Tyrone Clark and Victor Jacques will be a problem. The punt return game needs a little more production from Angelo Sebastiano, but it wasn't that bad. The same goes for a passing game that was efficient, but didn't come up with too many big yards. When Jordan Lynch can run the ball like he does, the passing game takes a backseat.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Running backs. The Huskies are loading up on receivers with Mycial Allen and Blake Holder two good-sized targets to develop. Corner Brandon Mayes was a decent get, and William Lee is a good-sized tackle out of Indianapolis, but it's the running back corps that's getting the most talent with Kendall Short a big runner out of Kansas and Draco Smith a darting speedster to add more flash.