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2006 MAC Recruiting Rankings

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 12, 2006


Ranking the 2006 MAC recruiting classes and trying to figure out what it all means to the college football world.

 

1. Bowling Green

The class is heavy on ... The defensive line. This might not be a reaction to getting pushed around all of last year, but the Falcons are certainly looking to get better on the defensive front. Three tackles and two ends should help make that happen down the line, but there's not a whole bunch of size outside of 280-pound tackle D.J. Young.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Jahmal Brown
The player you might care about this year ... P Alonso Rojas
What it all means to the real world of college football ...  There's always going to be an eye on who the next star quarterback might be at Bowling Green, and Anthony Glaud and Tyler Sheehan, two big passers, could end up providing the depth right away. If Anthony Turner doesn't come through this year, Glaud and Sheehan could play big roles. With solid punter Nate Fry gone, Alonso Rojas, considered to be the top punting prospect in America, should start from day one.

2. Toledo
The class is heavy on ... The lines. Four offensive linemen and five defensive linemen were brought in with quick tackles Nate Cole and Maurice Hill just needing a little time to bulk up before they become the anchors of the defensive line. The offensive linemen have the size with the four averaging around 300 pounds, but they'll provide little more than depth until 2008.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Nate Cole
The player you might care about this year ... RB Dontae Jones
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Head coach Tom Amstutz brought in a balanced class with QB Aaron Opelt the likely 2008 starter and RB Dontae Jones too fast to keep off the field this year, but this group won't pay dividends for a while. Even so, there's more talent here than most of the MAC combined, and it's a good enough class to keep Toledo competing for the MAC title.

3. Miami University
The class is heavy on ... The defensive back seven. Four linebackers, four safeties and a corner were brought in to form the strength of the defensive class. The stars are at safety where Peris Edwards, Jordan Gafford and Armand Robinson are big and talented. If they don't combine to be part of the MAC's best secondary by 2009, it'll be a major disappointment.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OT Bob Gulley
The player you might care about this year ... OL John Buckman
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After last year's class heavy on offensive skill players, Miami was obviously thinking about defense with 14 of the 22 recruits slated for the defensive side. Last year's class was small after the loss of head coach Terry Hoeppner to Indiana, so this is a good bulk class of lots of players. Last year's class was about treading water, so this year's group has to be the one that shines over the next few years.

4. Ball State
The class is heavy on ... Linebackers. There might not be any sure things in the bunch, but linebackers are the focus of the class with five of them coming in to be developed. The secondary also got plenty of help with six defensive backs led by safety Terrell Johnson, who might project to be a better corner if he sees time right away.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Nate Davis
The player you might care about this year ... S Terrell Johnson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... This is a solid class for Brady Hoke, and after last year's solid haul, Ball State should have a good future ahead. If nothing else the Cardinals should be a player in the MAC West over the next few seasons. Defense was the main focus with 13 of the 22 recruits ready to add help as soon as possible.

5. Western Michigan
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. When you've lost players like Greg Jennings and TE Tony Scheffler, you need more players to stock the shelves. Five receivers and two tight ends were brought in, and while only JUCO transfer Herb Martin should play an immediate role, there's plenty of talent to pick from in case depth is needed.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Drew Burdi
The player you might care about this year ... WR Herb Martin
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After addressing upgrading the overall talent level last year, this class is all about firepower. The offense started to take off last year under head coach Bill Cubit, and this class is designed to do even more over the next few years with 16 recruits brought in to put more points on the board.

6. Ohio
The class is heavy on ... Defensive ends. The stars of the show are receivers Terrence McCrae and Chido Nwokocha, but the bulk is at defensive end where five were brought in led by 6-4, 258-pound JUCO transfer Alan Goff. Most interesting to note are how big the ends are. They might not be sure-things, but they're big for MAC ends with almost all hovering around 250 pounds.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Terrence McCrae
The player you might care about this year ... WR Chido Nwokocha
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Ohio needs to throw the ball, and it got two good receivers to combine with Scott Mayle to upgrade the league's worst passing game, and one that finished 116th in the nation. Expect things to change this year, but there weren't any quarterbacks brought in to compete with Austen Everson. No MAC team did more to address a need more specifically on one side of the ball, yet address the other side as well as Ohio with a strong class of defensive players coming in.

7. Central Michigan
The class is heavy on ... Receivers and secondary. Six receivers were brought in, but only Matt Torres and Xavier Torres have a chance to make an impact over the next few seasons. The class is also heavy on defensive back where nine were brought in to help one of the MAC's worst pass defenses. The corners aren't huge, but they're very, very fast. The safeties should be really good by 2008.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... S Kirkston Edwards
The player you might care about this year ... QB Mike Canfield
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It's a huge class with 26 players coming in, and head coach Brian Kelly won't be afraid to ask many of them, especially on defense, to play key roles. The star of the class is QB Mike Canfield, but it might be way too early to think he can push for Kent Smith's former job this year.

8. Eastern Michigan
The class is heavy on ... Running backs. None of them are highly rated, but four of them are coming in. Clint Allen is destined for receiver with his 6-1 frame and sub-4.4 speed, while L.J. Robertson and Richard Franklin will pound it. Three tight ends were also brought in led by Dudley LaPorte, who has a chance to see time as a receiver early on.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... TE Dudley LaPorte
The player you might care about this year ... DE Eric Young
What it all means to the real world of college football ... For the second straight year, EMU went big on running backs. The idea has to convert several of them to other positions to add more defense, but don't expect much right away. Outside of JUCO tackle Tom Schmeding and defensive end Eric Young, there aren't many prospects who'll make an immediate impact. While other MAC teams upgraded things for this year, EMU has to be looking for the future with this class.

9. Akron
The class is heavy on ... Linebacker. The Zips had trouble against the run, but still had one of the MAC's best defenses. Things should be better with 12 new defensive players led by the four linebackers. JUCO transfer Mickey Baker will be an immediate backup, while Derron Smith will be the best of the bunch down the road.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Sean Hakes
The player you might care about this year ... RB Aaris Reed
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The defending MAC champions came up with a diverse class looking for a little of everything after going for quality last year. There are some strong players here and there led by RB Aaris Reed, who could see starting time in place of Brett Biggs. The line got several prospects to develop over the next few years, but no one for right away.

10. Northern Illinois
The class is heavy on ... Safety. Five of the 17 recruits are safeties with Alex Kube and James Jefferies the best of the bunch. This is a tall group with decent speed, and they should only get better after a few years in the weight room. NIU is already stocked in the secondary, so none of the new prospects should be needed until 2008.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DE Ed Jackson
The player you might care about this year ... DT Kris Cooke
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After dominating the league on the recruiting front last year, NIU didn't need too many new bodies this year. There aren't any obvious superstars, but outside of last year, head coach Joe Novak has never gotten a who's who of players. Interestingly enough, there aren't any running backs of note for the always strong Huskie running game.

11. Kent State
The class is heavy on ... Defensive backs. The isn't a big class in any one area, but the Golden Flashes upgraded the secondary for the future with four new players led by corner Kirk Belgrave, who has the size to become a safety, and safety Brian Lainhart, who has the speed to become a corner.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Darren Rogers
The player you might care about this year ... K Nathan Reed
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Considering the the running game was the worst in the nation last year, there has to be a hope that incoming freshman Quinton Rainey can become a playmaker right away. QB Darren Rogers isn't big, but he can move. He won't take over the starting role from Michael Machen, but he could provide another option as he develops for 2008.

12. Buffalo
The class is heavy on ... Offensive line. You can't turn around one of the nation's worst offenses without a strong line, so new head coach Turner Gill is hoping for his five new prospects to develop quickly over the next year. 305-pound Brandon Flanagan has the size to provide some depth right away, and he should be the team's top lineman by 2008.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Tom Drewes
The player you might care about this year ... QB Naaman Roosevelt
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Buffalo finished 118th in the nation in scoring last year but only brought in two skill position prospects. QB Naaman Roosevelt might be an instant upgrade over anyone on the roster, but WR Skylar Hagg won't provide more this year than one of college football's best names. Gill has his work cut out for him in year one.