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2007 WAC Recruiting - What It All Means
Boise State WR Hunter White
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 14, 2007


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

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Boise State | Fresno State | Hawaii | Idaho | Louisiana Tech
Nevada | New Mexico St | San Jose State | Utah State  

- 2006 WAC Recruiting Rankings

1. Boise State
The class is heavy on ... Speed and quickness. A program like Boise State, even one that's as successful as it's been, can recruit size or speed, but usually can't get the combination of the two. BSU goes for the guys who can move, and this class is no exception with a fast group of receivers, a smallish, quick bunch of linebackers, and corners who can fly in Antwon Murray and Brandyn Thompson. However, there's bulk up front in 320-pound DT Johnny Tiavo and on the offensive line getting a bunch of 275 pounders who have room for another 10-15 pounds.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Kellen Moore
The player you might care about this year ... S Garcia Day
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The Fiesta Bowl win sort of helped, but not as much as you might think. BSU got the players it wanted to get and picked up the right recruits to fit the system, even though it didn't exactly snare a bunch of guys USC, Florida, or any other big name targeted. That's fine; this program has done just fine with the way things have gone.

2. Fresno State
The class is heavy on ... Secondary speed. With WAC teams like Hawaii and New Mexico State winging it all over the place, and Boise State always going to be potent at throwing the ball, Fresno State had to keep the shelves stocked with plenty of fast, fast, fast defensive backs. Mission accomplished with 4.4 guys like safety Terrance Dennis and corner Jermaine Thomas. In all six DBs were brought in along with two good linebackers in Chris Carter and Austin Raphael to secure the back seven.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Chris Carter
The player you might care about this year ... CB Sharrod Davis
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It should say something that Fresno State flat-out stunk last year and still came up with one of its better recruiting classes in the Pat Hill era. Unlike past years when the recruiting stars were skill players, the best recruits in this group are on the lines led by offensive tackles Devan Cunningham and Eric Sproal and defensive tackle Porter Hill. These three need to be the building blocks for the future, which appears to be much better than the very recent past.

3. San Jose State
The class is heavy on ... Receiver and safety. Head coach Dick Tomey said his team had two glaring holes to fill, and he and his staff patched them up big-time getting help from the JUCO ranks with safety Jonathan Harris and receivers Kyle Flynn, and more heralded, David Richmond. The corners got a nice boost from JUCO transfer Joe Pates, while Josh Harrison and Alex Germany are decent prospects for the future.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... S Duke Ihenacho
The player you might care about this year ... WR David Richmond
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The program was one of college football's biggest surprises last year, and no one in the WAC did a better job of filling immediate needs for this season. Not only did it get help for the passing game and the pass defense, it upgraded over what it had last year. Tomey has the Spartans among the WAC's better teams and is poised for a big run.

4. Idaho
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. While the talent in new head coach Robb Akey's first class is in the defensive back seven, the bulk is for the passing game with five wideouts and and top tight end, JUCO transfer Jim Reuber. Cory Rhoane also comes over from the JUCO ranks to help out the offense right off the bat. Interestingly enough, no quarterbacks and only one running back were signed.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Andre Ferguson
The player you might care about this year ... RB Corey White
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Akey basically had three weeks to put together a recruiting class, but he had the luxury of not needing many immediate playmakers with stockpiles of past recruits waiting in the wings. More than a few of the 2007 haul will grayshirt, while almost all the non-JUCO players will redshirt. In other words, this is a building-block class for the future.

5. Louisiana Tech
The class is heavy on ... Defense, particularly the line and the secondary. Derek Dooley and his staff wanted to stockpile defensive talent, and it did that with a good haul of defensive backs bringing in six good ones including JUCO transfers Stephen Howze and Mat Mason, along with prep safety Tarence Calais, to help out right now. There aren't any obvious stars for the defensive front seven, but there are a lot of players to develop.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Phillip Livas
The player you might care about this year ... CB Matt Mason
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Dooley has the right attitude when it comes to recruiting. He doesn't get too fired up about the unknown, and he waits to see who develops over time and who can fit in the scheme. He didn't have a whole bunch of time to work after getting hired late in the recruiting game, but he was able to go with bulk numbers to hope a few prospects can pan out in a hurry.

6. Nevada
The class is heavy on ... Offensive line. Linebacker was also a concern, but the line got the most attention with six prospects including top JUCO transfers Clayton Johnson and Shawn Miller. Guard Jeff Meads will be a rock on future lines. The pieces are basically in place for the passing game with no quarterbacks coming in, they didn't want to compete with Nick Graziano or Colin Kaepernick for time, and now there's going to be a good line to keep them clean.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... CB Lampford Mark
The player you might care about this year ... CB Joshua Leonard
What it all means to the real world of college football ... For the second straight year, Nevada went big on the line, so expect the fruits of the labor to start to kick in soon. Nevada is thought of as a passing team because of the "Pistol" offense, but it's a running team, and these last two classes are built around the running game and ball control with the line the key piece of the puzzle.

7. Hawaii
The class is heavy on ... JUCO defenders. The Hawaii offense is always going to put up mega-numbers, so if the defense is merely competent, the wins will come without a problem. Defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville got an instant fix with six JUCO transfers who are the stars of the class. Safety Erik Robinson and corner Ryan Mouton have All-WAC potential, while ends Joshua Leonard and Chris Leatigaga have to take over starting roles early on to replace the lost stars. LB Francis Maka is a playmaker with the size to clog up the middle.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Kevin Konrath
The player you might care about this year ... CB Matt Mason
What it all means to the real world of college football ... You'd think at least a few top quarterback prospects would be falling all over themselves to play for the Warriors, but for the second straight year there isn't a new passer worth mentioning. Last year's class got the receivers, this year's group got the defenders. If the JUCO transfers can play up to their billing, Hawaii will be more than just a dangerous curiousity.

8. New Mexico State
The class is heavy on ... The secondary. Eventually, the Aggies are going to have to slow someone's offense down, and that begins with the pass defense that's been torched so often under Hal Mumme. Two JUCO transfers, Junior Fasavalu and Vincent Butler, were brought in to try to put a band-aid on the situation, but CB Alphonso Powell could end up being the best of the bunch when his career is over.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB J.J. McDermott
The player you might care about this year ... CB Vincent Butler
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Unlike last year's class, this group was brought in to fill a few needs. The defense was all but ignored in 2006, but not this year. The offense will eventually add consistency to the all-around numbers, but if the defense isn't better, NMSU will never make much of a move under Mumme. This class was picked to change all that.

9. Utah State
The class is heavy on ... Kicker. Oh sure, there's plenty of talent being brought in for the big holes, like at linebacker, quarterback and the offensive line, but for a team that has a nightmare of a time scoring, just getting points from the kicking game now and then is a big deal. Enter Peter Caldwell, who has a monster leg and can punt, too. The Agiges nailed two of five field goal attempts last year, so it's safe to say Caldwell has the gig for the taking.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... C David Disman
The player you might care about this year ... PK Peter Caldwell
What it all means to the real world of college football ... What do you get for the team that needs everything? 27 recruits were brought in to all battle right off the bat for depth chart slots, and while this isn't the type of class that'll immediately knock Boise State off the WAC perch, it's not all that bad. Unfortunately, there aren't any sure-things.