Recruiting 2013 - M-West Mountain Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Mountain West Mountain Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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1. Boise State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Scoring? Boise State? The offense wasn't all that bad, but it wasn't up to normal Boise State standards in a transitional season for the attack. Quarterback Joe Southwick put together a decent year in place of Kellen Moore, but the passing game was merely average and the offense didn't explode against the medium-to-strong teams. The punting has to be better after netting just over 34 yards per kick.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Last year the concern of the recruiting class was the lack of help for the front four - not a problem this time around. Chris Petersen went big on defensive tackles getting Tutulepeata Mataele and Justin Taimatuia from the JUCO ranks to see time right away in the interior, while Nick Terry and Kamalei Correa are two excellent prepsters who are as good as the program has brought in. The secondary also got a ton of help with JUCO corner Mercy Maston to find a role out of the box and corner Dionza Blue a future starter. The offense isn't being ignored with three nice receivers in Kendal Keys, Jake Roh and Tanner Shipley along with running back Aaron Baltazar.

5. Colorado State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Rams are full of veterans with 18 starters returning. Now they all have to be better at playing college football. The Rams were last in the Mountain West in both scoring and yards, struggling to find a steady passing game and not getting enough out of the line to get the ground attack working. For the first time in a while, the defense started to shine with a decent year against the pass, but the front four didn't hold up well against the run.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebackers. The offense is getting a little bit of help with a good class of tight ends including JUCO transfer Martavius Foster and big prospect Trae Moxley, but the defense is getting the most help. JUCO transfer LaRyan King is going to be asked to be one of the team's anchors at defensive tackle from the moment he gets to practice, but it's the linebacking corps that should shine down the road with Kiel Robinson, Deonte Clyburn and Evan Colorito needing to be the foundation for the 2016 defense.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 106. That Class Was Heavy On ... New head coach Jim McElwain didn't get any time to work after helping lead Alabama to the national title. The last few Ram recruiting classes have been strong, and they're going to have to make due for a while with this class not likely to be anything special. The linebacking corps will get one star to work around with Deonte Wortham coming in from out of Dallas, but overall it's going to be a mad scramble to piece something together. 

6. New Mexico | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The passing game has to at least be functional. The ground game was terrific, but defenses quickly figured out that there wasn't any hope of the Lobos throwing the ball with one of the nation's most inefficient passing games that finished second-to-last in America in passing yards. The defense needs to be stronger against the pass, finishing last in the Mountain West in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The Lobos are bringing in a few running backs to grind away like Bob Davie wants with Teriyon Gipson and Romell Jordan each able to potentially carry the workload. JUCO transfer Clayton Mitchem will, at the very least, add immediate depth at quarterback and receivers Dameon Gamblin and Lamar Jordan should help out the passing game. Corner Isaiah Brown could quickly become the team's best defensive back, while Dakota Cox is an interesting linebacker prospect out of Utah.

8. Air Force | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Falcons, as always, have to replace a ton of veterans with nine starters gone from the offense. Also, as always, the passing game has to improve. It was efficient last year, but that was with Connor Dietz under center. The secondary gets three starters back, but it has to be better after getting beaten time and again. Part of the problem was a non-existent pass rush that finished last in the Mountain West. Overall, the Falcons have to start winning the turnover battle after finishing last in the league and 106th in the nation in turnover margin.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Tight ends. Air Force always brings in a ton of bodies and recruits to flow through the program to gear up for a few years away, but the talent in this class is at tight end with Pete Cender out of Michigan and Trent Gow out of Texas two good-sized receivers who could add another dimension to the offense. Running backs Tim McVey and Bryan Driskell fit the Falcon type, while linebackers Kyle Williams and Joel Foy lead a decent group.

11. Utah State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The first step will be getting used to new head coach Matt Wells, who should keep most of Gary Andersen's main schemes in place, but he'll have to find a new running back to get the ground game going with Kerwynn Williams done. The Aggies have to cut down on the penalties and it would be nice to be better at holding on to the ball - opponents had it four minutes more per game - but more than anything else, they just have to try keeping the momentum rolling moving from the WAC to the Mountain West.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receivers. The idea is to help out the passing game down the road with JUCO transfers Ryan Watson and Ronald Butler along with three of the team's better prep pickups - John Fakahafua, Hayden Weichers and Tyler Fox - to give the offense a boost. The defense will need bodies next season with ends Caden Andersen and Jacoby Wildman two of the few strong prospects. Quarterback Darell Garretson and JUCO transfer corner Jeremy Morris need to be key parts of the puzzle.

12. Wyoming | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cowboys have to try to find the 2011 mojo again by getting the offense rolling. Brett Smith might be a terrific quarterback, but he needs the weapons to start being more explosive. The running game was abysmal at times gaining just 3.38 yards per carry, and the passing attack couldn't pick up the slack. The defense has to come up with more third down stops after allowing teams to convert 51% of their chances.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO linebackers. The Cowboys are working on their offensive front with massive Connor Kiese and JUCO transfer guard Albert Perez two nice prospects in a big class, but the defense gets the most immediate punch with JUCO transfers Malkaam Muhammad, Jeffrey Lark and Jordan Stanton needing to shine early on at linebacker. Defensive tackles James Diamante and Dalton Fields need to be developed, and safeties Xavier Lewis and Tanner Gentry are promising, but the team needs the linebackers to shine to make this class work.