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2007 M-West Recruiting - What It All Means
BYU QB Jason Munns
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 12, 2007


How does the 2007 Mountain West recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Air Force | BYU | Colorado State | New Mexico | San Diego State
TCU | UNLV | Utah | Wyoming

- 2006 Mountain West Recruiting Rankings


1. BYU
The class is heavy on ... Quarterbacks. BYU got two really, really good ones. One for now (JUCO transfer Cade Cooper, who already served an LDS mission), and one for the future (Jason Munns, who's expected to go on a mission soon). Cooper is a walk-on, but he's expected to be on scholarship this fall. While not a runner, the former NJCAA offensive player of the year isn't totally immobile. Munns is going to be the real star at some point. He's a 6-6, 230-pound bomber.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Jason Munns
The player you might care about this year ... QB Cade Cooper
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Basically, the Cougars got all the players they thought they would. Recruiting at BYU is a bit different since the satisfaction is delayed more than at most schools since many prospects end up going on church missions, so many of the high-end players coming in won't be around for a while. Even so, once JUCO transfer Magnum Mauga gets over a knee injury and once Munns becomes a factor, this class will keep BYU among the Mountain West elite.

2. Utah
The class is heavy on ... Defense and quarterbacks. Kyle Whittingham wanted to make sure he had insurance polices at quarterback in case Brian Johnson's knee isn't quite right and Tommy Grady isn't up-to-snuff. Griff Robles is the big bomber for the future, while JUCO transfer Chad Manis is the big bomber for depth right now. Defense was the big concern with only four starters returning, and there are plenty of instant starters from the JUCO ranks including CB DaMilyn Tanner and safety DeShawn RIchard. In all, nine defensive backs were brought in.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Griff Robles
The player you might care about this year ... CB DaMilyn Tanner
What it all means to the real world of college football ... No one made a more immediate impact with a class than Utah because of the JUCO transfers. The defense needed replacements and depth, and it got it, while the offense might have its best running back in a while with bruising JUCO transfer Matt Asiata. There are enough decent high school recruits to develop a foundation for the future.

3. TCU
The class is heavy on ... Top skill players. The bulk of the class was for the defensive side, but the offense got the most help with four skill players to make head coach Gary Patterson beam. There weren't any quarterbacks considering the staff went for the elite of the elite, but running backs Jamarion Cavness and Joseph Banyard, and receivers Jeremy Jerley and Jonathan Jones, are special.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Jeremy Kerley
The player you might care about this year ... S Tekerrein Cuba
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The defense hardly needed any help coming into 2007 with most of the starters returning, and now it should be positively devastating with a slew of instant depth coming in thanks to tackle Jon Fonua and safety Chris Goodson from the JUCO ranks. Safeties Tejay Johnson and Tekerrein Cuba, along with corner Greg McCoy, are all good enough to be in the mix from day one.

4. San Diego State
The class is heavy on ... Offensive line. The secondary got a slew of prospects, but this class is all about developing the offensive front with seven players to build with. This group has to potential to grow into something decent if they're given enough time in the weight room and in practices to develop. When you have tall, athletic prospects like 6-8 Kurtis Gunther and 6-5 Leo Grassilli along with top tackle Michael Matamua, you have to wait until they grow into their frames.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Ryan Lindley
The player you might care about this year ... S Travis Crawford
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Chuck Long and his staff didn't have any time to work in 2006, and now after a full year to recruit, it has a decent class of Mountain West talents. There aren't any obvious big-time recruits, but past Aztec teams had several and did nothing with them. Call this the foundation for the future class. Long suffering Aztec fans might not want to hear that, but the program needed linemen to build around and unlike past years, didn't go for the JUCO route quick fix.

5. Colorado State
The class is heavy on ... Linebackers and running backs. When Kyle Bell went down just before the season began, the running game went from a strength to an absolute disaster, and while the three backs brought in aren't going to scare anyone, there's hope one can become a change-of-pace option early on. It's no secret the Rams need to be more physical, and the pickup of JUCO linebackers Curtis Cornelson and John Clark, along with top high school prospect Luke Diehl, should help.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... C Tyler McDermott
The player you might care about this year ... KB Cutis Cornelson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... There might not be the superstars in this class compared to the league's big three teams, but there's a lot to get excited about for the future getting a little bit of help for just about everywhere. Don't expect immediate miracles out of this class, which might not be a good thing considering head coach Sonny Lubick needs a big season to turn things around.

6. New Mexico
The class is heavy on ... The offensive line and tight end. The team's biggest, glaring need got some immediate help with three JUCO transfers and and seven overall prospects. Tyler Boyette and Josh Waller don't quite fit the Lobo mold of massive linemen, but Sylvester Hatten, arguably the star of the class, does. The other issue, tight end, also got an instant boost by three JUCO transfers in Trey Buckley, Tim Merrill and DeAndre Davis.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Kevin Chavez
The player you might care about this year ... OT Sylvester Hatten
What it all means to the real world of college football ... New Mexico got a huge freshman class, but it also did a fantastic job of patching the immediate holes for this year. The quarterbacks weren't scared off by Donovan Porterie, who might be the main man for the next three years now that Kole McKamey has retired. Kevin Chavez, Brad Bruner and Blair Peterson are big, talented prospects who'll get several years to develop. Rocky Long and his staff have won a lot of games with far worse recruiting classes.

7. UNLV
The class is heavy on ... Defensive backs. With Eric Wright leaving early for the NFL and John Guice gone, UNLV needed a big-time infusion of talent, especially at corner, and it went after it with seven recruits highlighted by safety Shane Horton, who could've played for several Pac 10 teams. JUCO transfers Geoffrey Howard and Lamont Long need to be major factors right away or the Rebel defense will be in trouble.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... S Shane Horton
The player you might care about this year ... DE Larry Dennis
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After last year's disaster of a year, UNLV needed help right away from the JUCO ranks while also paying attention to the future with a decent group of high school players. While this isn't a deep overall group, head coach Mike Sanford and his staff got the stars it wanted and outslugged rival Nevada for the in-state recruits in play. Getting talent to Vegas hasn't been too much of a problem; getting everyone to play has been an issue.

8. Wyoming
The class is heavy on ... Linemen. Wyoming wants to get tougher up front on both sides, so Joe Glenn and the coaching staff, for the second straight year, went after players who they know have the type of physical attitude they're looking for. That starts on the lines with six for the offense and four for the D led by 6-6, 270-pound tackle prospect Clayton Kirven for the offense and JUCO transfer Anthony Wilson at defensive end. While this is mostly a class for the future, defensive tackle Marcus Felker could see time right away.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB James Davis
The player you might care about this year ... S Derrick McMahen
What it all means to the real world of college football ... This class will probably ranked near the Mountain West bottom by just about everyone, but this isn't a bad group for Wyoming. That's not a back-handed compliment; there's just little recruiting base to work with in-state and the program requires the right mix and right fit of players. Outside of a few defensive linemen to make up for the major personnel losses, don't expect much noise out of this class for a few years.

Air Force doesn't release an official list