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2008 WAC Recruiting - What It All Means
Hawaii QB Greg Alexander
Hawaii QB Greg Alexander
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Posted Feb 12, 2008


How does the 2008 WAC recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Recruiting 2008 ... WAC
Ranking the WAC classes

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  

- 2007 WAC Recruiting Rankings
- 2006 WAC Recruiting Rankings

1. Fresno State
The class is heavy on ... Defensive linemen. The talent in the class is in the offensive backfield with QB Ebahn Feathers and RBs Michael Harris and Ricky Pemasa the playmakers to build around over the next few years, but the bulk is on the defensive line with seven incoming prospects led by ends Matt Akers, Logan Harrell and Michael Butler. Trevor Richter and Anthony Williams are big tackles who might be key factors within the next two years.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Ebahn Feathers
The player you might care about this year ... LB Damion Whittington
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Fresno State has the best team coming into the 2008 season, and it came up with the best recruiting class to beef up the overall depth. Last year's recruiting class might have been the best in the Pat Hill era, and this one is better. If you're going to beat the WAC passing games, you have to get to the passer and this class ensures that the Bulldogs will be able to over the next several years.

2. Boise State
The class is heavy on ... Offensive linemen. Last year the team got faster and quicker, bringing in as much athleticism as the program has ever seen in a recruiting class, and now it's about bulking up on the frontline with five excellent offensive line prospects. Guard Joe Kellogg and tackle Tom Swanson had their share of options, while Brenel Myers and Faraji Wright have nice potential. The foundation is being set for the next several years.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... S Tyler Jackson
The player you might care about this year ... LB Daron Mackey
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Boise State isn't exactly challenging USC and Florida for five-star talent, but it's becoming a relative force when it comes to plucking away a few West Coast players here and there. Now the program is actually turning out NFL players, and now recruits are starting to notice. The program has been prominent long enough to generate a nice name recognition buzz, and it's showing more than ever before.

3. Idaho
The class is heavy on ... Defensive linemen. Head coach Robb Akey brought in receivers and athleticism for the defensive back seven last year, and this year he and his staff focused on improving the line after a rough first year. JUCO transfer Oga Faumui will try to provide some instant bulk on the inside, while end Hank Bryant is a speedster who should grow into a role once he beefs up a bit.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Henry Asuega
The player you might care about this year ... CB Virdell Larkins
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Idaho is in a unique situation in that everything is up for grabs. After a lousy year, the jobs are all open, and Akey, with his boundless enthusiasm and fire, was able to sell the possibility of instant playing time. No, this isn't the class that'll make the Vandals the WAC champion in the near future, but it's a lot better than the rest of the league was able to do this year.

4. Hawaii
The class is heavy on ... Playmakers for the passing game and defensive backs. June Jones isn't there anymore, but the program isn't going to ditch the high-octane passing attack that led to so much recent success. JUCO transfers Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch will each get every shot to win the starting quarterback job, while five JUCO transfers will compete to fill in the ten-mile wide holes at receiver. The secondary is loaded with good new corners with three excellent high school prospects to mix in with JUCO transfers Jeramy Bryant and Chris Black.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OG Tui'atua Tuiasosopo
The player you might care about this year ... QB Greg Alexander
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The program wasn't able to build on last year's monster season with the coaching change killing all momentum, but that didn't stop a slew a decent offensive talent from coming in. The problem with recruiting at Hawaii is the lack of options. If the program doesn't get EVERY in-state prospect, it's in trouble, and it lost a few key ones. New head man Greg McMackin has a lot of work to do, and he'll need to come up with another good year to prove that things aren't going into the tank after going to the Sugar Bowl.

5. Louisiana Tech
The class is heavy on ... Defense, for the second straight year. Last recruiting season focused mostly on the secondary, and this year's class loaded up with talent for the defensive line with four strong prospects. Head coach Derek Dooley wants an aggressive D, and he'll have help from ends Chandler Spence and JUCO transfer Kwame Jordan, who'll provide plenty of pressure early on, while tackle Phillip Longino should grow into a top interior pass rusher.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Eric Harper
The player you might care about this year ... DE Kwame Jordan
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The Bulldogs are building on defense under Dooley with two straight big classes designed on stopping the high-octane WAC offenses. The offensive playmakers might not be there, so that'll have to be the focus in a big way in 2009. For now, Dooley is starting to put together a dangerous group that should start to shine by 2010.

6. Nevada
The class is heavy on ... The lines ... again. Head coach Chris Ault is able to nail his skill position picks time and again, and there are good ones to build around, so he and his staff have loaded up on the lines over the last three seasons. This year, the O line got big and beefy with three large guards and 6-5, 310-pound tackle Steve Werner. The defensive side got two good ends in Jon Rabe and Jack Reynoso, along with JUCO transfer Michael Andrews, to fortify an already solid front.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Thaddeus Brown
The player you might care about this year ... DT Michael Andrews
What it all means to the real world of college football ... There might not be another WAC team with more promise on the lines, and the foundation is now set. However, there's not a lot of sure-thing star power coming in, so Ault has to use some of his Hall of Fame ability to continue to develop the average talents into consistent players who can produce around the lines.

7. New Mexico State
The class is heavy on ... Running backs. Strangely enough, considering the offense and its all-pass attack, head coach Hal Mumme was able to bring in a strong core of running backs to balance things out. JUCO transfers Marquell Colston and Seth Smith are speedsters who can make plays happen in the passing game, while Ruben Martinez is a good prospect for the future.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Ruben Martinez
The player you might care about this year ... LB Nick Paden
What it all means to the real world of college football ... JUCO, JUCO, JUCO, JUCO. Forget about the future, Mumme is trying to win right now with 11 JUCO transfers coming in to provide some instant help to get over the hump and into a bowl game. LB Nick Paden and OT Joe Suder are starters, while Justen Alford and Jason Scott will push for time in the linebacking corps. While three mediocre receivers were brought in, there aren't any quarterbacks.

8. Utah State
The class is heavy on ... Bodies for the offense. The woeful Aggie attack needs options, and it got them with two quarterbacks, two running backs, three receivers and three tight ends coming in to provide a little bit of competition with the hopes of finally generating some sort of production. The quarterbacks will get every shot to start early on, and they just so happen to be the best prospects in the class. Robert Fuller and Exavier Johnson are multi-talented players who'll likely be thrown to the wolves.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Emmanuel Ojeriakhi
The player you might care about this year ... DT Christopher Williams
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Head coach Brent Guy is still around, and now he needs to come up with more wins and more hope for the future. This isn't a class that'll make anyone in the WAC worry, but there are enough live bodies to hope for a few surprises to emerge sooner than later. Guy doesn't have that much more time to develop prospects.

9. San Jose State
The class is heavy on ... Running backs. Injuries all but killed the Spartan running game last year, and Dick Tomey needed more options in case disaster strikes again. Daniel Carillo and Peyton Thompson are speed backs, while Ina Liaina and JUCO transfer Matt Wigley are versatile fullbacks who'll be moved around where needed.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Wade O'Neill
The player you might care about this year ... WR Marquis Avery
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After a good 2007 recruiting season, there's nothing here as far as depth. There aren't any bodies. WR Marquis Avery could be an instant all-star and punter Phillip Zavala is a bigger get than it might seem, but there aren't any offensive linemen coming in and only 13 commitments on Signing Day.