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

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Mountain West - West Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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Recruiting 2013 
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2. San Diego State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Aztecs don't have any gaping holes with 20 starters returning, but finding a couple of good starting corners is a must after losing Leon McFadden and Josh Wade. The pass defense wasn't exactly a rock with those two, giving up over 3,000 yards and having problems on third downs. The offense has to be better at hanging on to the ball after giving it away 25 times, and penalties were also a wee bit of an issue.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive back. The defensive line is getting two fantastic prospects in Dakota Turner and Jordan Watson, and the receiving corps is getting some help with Julius Wilson and Joe Morrow two good-sized targets, but this class is about the secondary with corners Charles Okonkwo and Kalan Montgomery along with safety Marcus Stamps leading a loaded group. It's not a stretch to call this the Mountain West's best area of improvement this recruiting season. Sergio Phillips will soon be the team's starting center.

3. Fresno State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: What was that in the bowl game clunker against SMU? After such a terrific season, the Bulldogs didn't show up when the lights were on, but now there's motivation to come back better and stronger with one of the best teams the program has fielded in several years. Replacing the diminutive Robbie Rouse at running back will be tough, and the main backups are gone, too. The O line needs to be a bit more consistent and stronger with two new starters in the interior, and the linebacking corps has to find a few replacements.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Tight ends. The Bulldogs are setting themselves up for the future at quarterback with excellent prospect Zack Greenlee to develop and JUCO transfer Brian Burrell to provide instant depth behind Derek Carr. Receiver DaMari Scott might be the team's best prospect, but JUCO tight ends Jerin McClendon and Mike Dunn along with prepster Nate Madsen will be major factors in the passing game. Head coach Tim DeRuyter also went after an instant infusion of talent for the secondary with JUCO transfers Rodney Mathews, Donnell Vercher and Tray Hall.

4. Hawaii | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Really? The Hawaii offense sucked? The passing game didn't work and was wildly inefficient considering that head coach Norm Chow is such a legend, and the running game barely registered on the map. All 11 starters are back on offense, but the experience has to bring points. It didn't help that Warriors struggled to hit field goals with Tyler Hadden 13-of-21 tries, and it was a real problems that the defense wasn't even close to stopping anyone's ground game and had a hard time getting off the field.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. It's Hawaii. It's time to get the passing game going again. Norm Chow is getting his share of targets to play around with led by Ammon Barker and Marcus Kemp out of Utah to develop for down the road, and four JUCO transfers along with tight end Joshua Long to provide an instant infusion of talent. Quarterbacks Aaron Swahlen and Keenan Ewaliko are going to be thrown into the practice mix early on to try boosting the offense, while the defense needs JUCO transfers Tiji Hill and end Charles Tuaau to fight for starting jobs.

7. Nevada | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Even though Chris Ault has retired, the offense should still be able to crank out big yards on the ground with quarterback Cody Fajardo back. However, leading rusher Stefphon Jefferson and backup Nick Hale have to be replaced along with three starters up front. As good as the Wolf Pack running game was, that's almost as bad as the run D was giving up over five yards per pop. The defense has to come up with more stops on third downs and has to keep the deep completions to a minimum.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. The Wolf Pack needs Superiorr Reid and Don Jackson to go from junior college to the Mountain West right away for the Stefphon Jefferson-less ground attack, while several other prospects were brought in to pave the way. JUCO transfers Braxton Isaac and Avery Poates will at least provide offensive tackle depth, but Ziad Damanhoury and Chad Specht will be for down the road. JUCO transfer Ian Seau will be the star of the class as a potential starting linebacker for this year, but Beau Hershberger might become the better talent in a few years.

9. San Jose State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Spartans have to go on without head coach Mike MacIntyre, who's off to Colorado, but there's enough talent returning to hope for a decent year. However, the defensive front has some major replacements to find on the end with Travis Johnson and David Tuitipou gone, and finding three new starters in the secondary will be a concern. The offense will revolve around the passing game, but not having running back De'Leon Eskridge to count on to run the ball will be a concern.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. It's a new era for the Spartans, but there are already a slew of decent prospects in place - there isn't much of a need to load up for right now. However, the defensive line is getting some reinforcements with JUCO transfer Garrett Guanella a pass rushing end and Travis Miller and Nate Velichko two big bodies for the interior. The receiving corps is getting some help with Delvon Hardaway and Thomas Tucker, while Brandon Monroe could become an early factor at running back.

10. UNLV | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Just get a few wins. The Rebels aren't used to being anything more than a punching bag, but with 20 starters returning it's time to finally start producing. The defense has to be better against the decent passing teams and has to be far, far better at getting off the field after allowing opponents convert 46% of their third down chances and a whopping 52% of their fourth down tries. The running game found something with Tim Cornett turning in a good year, but the painfully inefficient passing game has to get more from the receivers down the field.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. UNLV is always in a desperation WIN NOW mode, but there are a few nice high school gets for the offense led by running back Keith Whitely from Texas. However, Bobby Hauck is looking to improve the defense immediately with four defensive end JUCO transfers with Austin Koki and Pingi Moli from Mount San Antonio in California and Efrem Clark leading the way. Two more JUCO types - Damon Collins and Kori Gaines - are in at corner, while Jack Killian and guard C.J. Backlund will be part of the rotation right away.