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2007 Sun Belt Recruiting - What It All Means
Troy OL Jeremiah Wright
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 14, 2007


How does the 2007 Sun Belt recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Arkansas State | Florida Atlantic | Florida International | Middle Tennessee
North Texas | Troy | UL Lafayette | UL Monroe

- 2006 Sun Belt Recruiting Rankings

1. Troy
The class is heavy on ... Offensive linemen. The Trojans needed players who could step in right away and fill the void, and block for Omar Haugabook, and they got them in mid-year JUCO transfers Windham Rotunda, Dion Small and Mark Cogburn. The other side of the line also got a ton of help with the star of the class, 6-7, 288-pound end Dion Gales and 270-pound Rashad Rousell.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Jamie Hampton
The player you might care about this year ... DE Dion Gales
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The future of the program comes from the skill players in this class, but the present is on the lines. The margin between champion and also-ran in the Sun Belt is razor thin, and Troy did enough with the JUCO transfers to be the favorite to with the conference title again.

2. Arkansas State
The class is heavy on ... Linebackers. The offensive line got the most overall help, but the linebackers should shine brightest with JUCO transfers Vernon Catlin and Charlton Hankston ready to provide instant depth, while safety-sized Elroy Brown and DeMario Davis will combine on the strongside over the next few years.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OG Paul Hampton
The player you might care about this year ... DE Stanley Porter
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The ASU running game is devastating in Sun Belt play, and with this class of offensive linemen, it should only be better. Receiver Linzy Harris and fullback William Anderson were tremendous gets who should add even more options to the attack. There were just enough improvements on defense to hope for an improvement this year.

3. FIU
The class is heavy on ... Offense. When you're as bad as FIU was last year at scoring points, you need an instant upgrade. 12 of the 18 recruits focused on the offensive side with four quarterbacks, five receivers, and four linemen led by 324-pound Shaquan Hicks. Expect everyone to get an equal shot at a starting job this off-season.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... CB Devin Parrish
The player you might care about this year ... OG Shaquan Hicks
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Mario Cristobal was known as a top-shelf recruiter, and he did a great job considering he had little time to work. He and his staff honestly believe they can go after some of the same players the bigger name programs gets, and while that might be shooting too high, they'll get plenty of the leftovers. In Florida, that's not bad.

4. Florida Atlantic
The class is heavy on ... Running backs. FAU already appeared set at running back, and then Xavier Stinson blew off Pitt to come in and potentially become an immediate power running threat. Alfred Morris, Avionne Rolle, and JUCO transfer Jeff Blanchard are all strong runners providing a huge upgrade in depth and talent. The receiving corps also got some big-time help with big, speedy Darian Williams and 6-3 Lestar Jean.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Darian Williams
The player you might care about this year ... RB Xavier Stinson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It's not like FAU needed a lot of recruits, but out of the blue, several very good prospects kept showing more and more interest, so the coaching staff kept signing more and more players. The offense should be far better over the next few seasons if this class plats half as good as expected.

5. Middle Tennessee
The class is heavy on ... The defensive back seven. The program was looking for help right now at linebacker and defensive back, and it got it in a big way helped by star JUCO CB Ted Riley and safety Ivon Hickmon. JUCO linebacker Andrew Harrington is a player, but high schoolers Landon Givers and Antwan Davis might see the field early in their careers.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DE
SaCoby Carter
The player you might care about this year ... TE Byron McLeod
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It's easy to forget how Rick Stockstill and his staff had a successful year and went to a bowl without getting a full recruiting season. Now they were able to get the players they needed and wanted. Along with upgrading the secondary and the linebackers, they wanted better receivers so they just went and got them. Now we'll see what the staff can do with its type of players.


6. UL Monroe
The class is heavy on ... Athletes. Basically, ULM went after football players, and now it has to figure out what to do with them and where they should go. Five running backs were signed, but a few might be moved to receiver or defensive back early on. The projected linebackers could beef up into defensive linemen over the next few years. Of course, this all happens at every program, but ULM did it by design.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Alvin Jordan
The player you might care about this year ... QB Brice Beck
What it all means to the real world of college football ... While some of the top programs upgraded for this year (Troy, Arkansas State), ULM has an eye on the future. There's only one JUCO transfer of note, QB Brice Beck, and a slew of players who'll need time to figure out what they're doing. After last year's diverse class of talents, the Warhawks can afford to get creative.

7. North Texas
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. If new head coach Todd Dodge is going to run his no-huddle spread passing game, he needs receivers. He got them with this class full of seven wideouts and tight end Jordan Scoggins who'll all be asked to contribute right away. Running back wasn't a priority, but there's no way the team could pass up JUCO transfer Cameron Montgomery, who ripped off 23 touchdowns in his senior year of high school.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB A.J. Penson
The player you might care about this year ... RB Cameron Montgomery
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It's asking the world for a bunch of true freshmen to come in and take one of the nation's worst passing games and making it shine. It's going to take a while for everything to kick in, so expect a lot of growing pains this year until everyone figures out what they're doing. A lot. Fortunately, the running backs are so good the offense will have some positives to rely on.

8. UL Lafayette
The class is heavy on ... Variety. ULL got a little of everything, but didn't necessarily load up at any one spot. If there is a strength, it's in the defensive back seven with four fast linebackers and ready-made JUCO corner Scooter Rogers. Call this a class for the future with almost all prep players and no sure things whatsoever. The coaching staff will have to develop this crew and hope for a few gems to pop out early on.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OT Jaron Odom
The player you might care about this year ... CB Scooter Rogers
What it all means to the real world of college football ... ULL rocked on the recruiting front two years ago and had a decent class last year so this group didn't need to be anything special. While this might not be nearly the class some of the other top Sun Belt programs got, there's little difference in conference talent between the top and the bottom. The Ragin' Cajuns will be just fine.