2009 ... The Rankings
CFN's Ranking of the 2009 Classes -
The Bottom 30
CFN Recruiting 2009
CFN 2009 Recruiting Rankings
No. 1 to 30 |
No. 31 to 60 |
No. 61 to 90
91. Northern Illinois
The class is heavy on ... The passing game. Head coach Jerry Kill
got a full recruiting season to work, and he brought in some playmakers
to beef up a passing attack that struggled last year. Quarterbacks A.J.
Hill and Jordan Lynch are strong prospects, and while there aren’t any
receiver standouts, there are a lot of them and they can move.
The class is heavy on ... defensive backs. Understanding the need
to address a secondary that was last in the Big East in pass efficiency
defense, the staff loaded up on defensive backs. In fact, almost half of
the entire class was either a safety or a cornerback. The best of the
lot are corners Torian Phillips, Phillip Thomas, and Dale Peterman,
who’ll all have a shot for immediate playing time.
93. Ball State
The class is heavy on ... Skill players and linebackers. The
defense got three interesting linebackers for the inside, led by Jacob
Green, while the outside was addressed with a few players. It’s strength
in numbers time for the offense with several running backs and receivers
to go along with QB Aaron Mershman. RB Eric Williams is the best
prospect of the bunch.
94. Miami University
The class is heavy on ... Bodies. This is a big class full of a
variety of prospects that don’t necessarily fit a type, and with a
program that fell off the map with one of the most disappointing,
disastrous seasons of any team in America, it’s rebuilding time. The
idea will be to use this class to build towards the future; don’t expect
a whole bunch of help right away.
The class is heavy on ... offensive linemen. Faced with some
turnover in the trenches, Tommy West aimed to keep the area replenished
by inking five linemen no smaller than 6-4 and 275 pounds. Of the group,
G Ricky Hart really has Tiger fans excited. A 6-3, 315-pound drive
blocker, who was pursued by the ACC and SEC, he’ll likely spend just one
year as a backup before moving into the starting lineup.
The class is heavy on ... safeties. Of the 24 new Blazers signed
by Neil Callaway, a big portion is projected as safeties once they
arrive in Birmingham. That’s not such a bad thing, considering last
year’s starters, Will Dunbar and Matt Taylor, were seniors. The two
junior-college transfers, Hiram Atwater and Elliott McGaskin, should be
ready to compete right away, and David Conner was good enough to get
mail from Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
97. San Jose State
The class is heavy on ... 2010. With one of the smallest
recruiting classes in the country, next year will be all about bringing
in the bodies. There might not be many players coming in from this
class, but there are some good ones with JUCO transfer Lamon Muldrow
ready to be one of the main running backs right away, while the
pitch-catch combination of Dasmen Stewart to James Orth looking to be
rolling in a few years.
The class is heavy on ... Defensive back. This was a decent class
all the way around, but the major focus was on stopping the pass with
some good defensive ends in Joshua Forney and Thatcher Starling, and
several defensive backs with decent speed, and surprisingly, a lot of
size. Terrance Taylor was a nice pickup at safety while Wayne Times is a
good-looking corner prospect.
99. Middle Tennessee
The class is heavy on ... Skill players. There’s a sprinkling of
new recruits here and there, but the stars are at the skills with QB
Jamal Ramsey one of the league’s best prospects and running backs David
Jones and William Pratcher each good enough to change around the woeful
running game. The receivers have size and speed, but they’re extremely
The class is heavy on ... defensive linemen. In an attempt to
beef up one of the perennially weakest defenses in the country, the
Miners are bringing in a couple of speedy rush ends and a tackle with
considerable upside. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Adam Ayala can snap off a
sub-5.00 in the forty. If he can add some muscle without losing a step,
he has a chance to be an impact player on this defense.
101. Florida Atlantic
The class is heavy on ... Cornerback. By far the best prospects
of this year’s class are in the secondary where De’Andre Richardson and
Keith Reaser are two really fast, really good corners who should be
fixtures in the FAU defensive backfield for years. Winfred Strickland
and Treon Howard aren’t as fast or as good, but they should provide
decent depth down the road.
The class is heavy on ... wide receivers. The Herd has loaded up
on a bunch of big, physical wide receivers that other schools felt were
a little unpolished at this stage of their careers. A collection of
athletes who all go at least 6-2, most are expected to do an
apprenticeship in 2009 before being turned loose. A local kid, C.J.
Crawford is both big and very fast. Wayne Bonner, on the other hand,
comes via East Mississippi Junior College, and is most likely to chip in
103. Colorado State
The class is heavy on ... Quarterbacks. Billy Farris is gone
opening up a hole at quarterback, and while there are options in Grant
Stucker and Klay Kubiak waiting to step in, JUCO transfer Jon Eastman
will be in the mix right away, Nico Ranieri might be the most talented
player of the bunch, but the new recruit might have to wait around for a
few years before getting his shot.
104. Utah State
The class is heavy on ... JUCO. New head coach Gary Andersen is
looking to make an impact early on, and he needed more bodies to do it.
While the incoming junior college players will mostly be used for depth,
the program needed players to push for spots and to provide more
competition. OT Christian Browne-Frazier and LB Reuben Willis will do
The class is heavy on ... Quarterbacks. The rest of the class is
mediocre, at generous best, but the quarterback recruits might be the
best in the Mountain West. Austyn Carta-Samuels isn’t big, he isn’t
fast, but he’s a player who could be the franchise sooner than later.
For now, considering the woes at quarterback last season, the signing of
JUCO transfer Robert Benjamin is a nod toward the present.
The class is heavy on ... Quarterbacks. With Colin Kaepernick set
to be the franchise for the next few years, Nevada’s two new passers,
Mason Magelby and David Fales, will get plenty of time to develop.
However, JUCO transfer Maurice Patterson is a good-looking receiver
who’ll get Kaepernick throwing to him this year.
107. Kent State
The class is heavy on ... Wide receivers. There aren’t a lot of
them, but a team that has been so reliant on the running game got a few
decent targets to help the passing attack. Is Tyshon Goode a running
back or a receiver? It doesn’t matter; he’s the best incoming playmaker
who could make an impact right away in a variety of ways. The defensive
line was all but ignored.
The class is heavy on ... quarterbacks and running backs. This
was a huge class for Navy loaded with linebackers, receivers, and mostly
players for the backfield. There are four quarterback prospects and all
of them can move. Kenneth Cluley fits the mold, while Jarvis Cummings is
even faster. At least two of the signal callers will move to another
spot. Also coming in are seven running backs, and outside of Matt
Warrick, they’re all smallish and quick. There isn’t a thumping fullback
in the group.
The class is heavy on ... Defensive backs. There are several
decent incoming defensive ends/linebackers, and the passing game got a
boost for the future, but it’s the secondary that got the most help with
four corner prospects, led by the lightning fast Byron Best, and safety
Jermaine Robinson, who might be ready to play right away.
The class is heavy on ... receivers. The program went from being
all about running, and then it became about throwing the ball, and then
it tried to be Navy. Now the team needs players to fit the system, which
will be an option running attack that still throws the ball, and while
plenty of running backs were brought in, the team needed pass catchers.
Five wide receivers were signed with Scott Williams, a speedster out of
southern California, a potential field stretcher.
The class is heavy on ... Wide receivers. The immediate help is
at cornerback, but the bulk is at receiver. There aren’t any five-star,
sure-thing prospects, but there are a lot of them with various types and
sizes. New QB Patrick Nicely, a passer, will have targets to work with
once he becomes part of the mix in three years.
The class is heavy on ...
Hope for last year’s class.
Last year’s class was about boosting up the passing game, and this
year’s group is really, really light in all areas. There weren’t a lot
of openings, so the staff went heavy on a few stars. Jon Lechner could
be a special offensive tackle, while LB Dylan Reda should be a good one.
113. Eastern Michigan
The class is heavy on ... Defensive line. The last few classes
have addressed the offense with a bulk of prospects coming in, and this
year’s smallish class got a little bit of help on the ends. Melvin Crews
is more of a tweener and Devon Davis should be moved to linebacker early
on until he hits the weights, but Orlando McCord could grow into a
player early on.
The class is heavy on ... Variety. What do you get for the team
that needs everything? The class is spread out over all the positions
with enough JUCO players here and there to provide a few more options,
while the top position might be linebacker with Jared Heston and Conrad
Scheidt arguably the team’s best recruits. The junior college players
help boost this class, only because the team needs players. CB Kevin
Williams and WR Michael Lindsey will almost certainly play right away.
The class is heavy on ... Offensive line. The small class didn’t
get much in the way of bulk talent, but a few decent offensive linemen,
especially at guard, are coming in to build for the future. There aren’t
a lot of holes to fill right away with depth already built in from the
last two classes, and this class showed it.
116. Arkansas State
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. QB Phillip Butterfield is
the star of the show here, and he’ll have plenty of targets to work with
including Carlos McCants, a smallish, quick receiver who should be a
number one target at some point. JUCO transfer Lucious Henderson is for
right now. The defense was almost completely ignored.
117. Air Force
The class is heavy on ... Defense. As always, Air Force had to
get a specific type of player, and as always, it went with smallish,
quick defenders for the line and the secondary. Dan Zotto leads the way
up front, while head coach Troy Calhoun brought in a few short, athletic
corners. James Chambers could be a fixture at inside linebacker sooner
118. North Texas
The class is heavy on ... Receivers. If you’re going to run the
offense head coach Todd Dodge wants to run, you need targets. The Mean
Green passing game got an influx of receivers with two JUCO transfers
for right now in Jamaal Jackson and Mike Outlaw, while freshman Daniel
Mayberry might be the most talented of the lot.
119. UL Lafayette
The class is heavy on ... Defensive line. The receiving corps is
also a strength, but the stars are on the defensive front with two JUCO
transfers, Tyrell Gaddies for the middle and Jordan Topp for inside or
out. Two of the team’s best recruits are for the future with Brandon
McCray a top tackle and Justin Anderson an interesting tweener who could
end up at linebacker or in a hybrid role.
120. New Mexico State
The class is heavy on ... Defensive tackle. New head coach
DeWayne Walker is a defensive coach by trade and he wanted to start off
his era by improving the interior of the defense … now. Three JUCO
transfers are coming in, John Finau, D’Juan Yates, and Vincent Federico,
and they’re all expected to make an impact. Walker was also able to get
two JUCO receivers, William Bullock and Marcus Allen, who would’ve been
big-time producers in the Hal Mumme era.
CFN 2009 Recruiting Rankings
No. 1 to 30 |
No. 31 to 60 |
No. 61 to 90