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2009 WAC Recruiting - What It All Means
Boise State RB Allen Mooney
Boise State RB Allen Mooney
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 9, 2009


How does the 2009 WAC recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Recruiting 2009 ... 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  

- CFN Recruiting 2009
- 2008 CFN WAC recruiting rankings
- 2007 CFN WAC Recruiting Rankings
- 2006 CFN WAC Recruiting Rankings

1. Hawaii   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 4
The class is heavy on ... JUCO, JUCO, JUCO. Overall, the offense got the biggest boost with three quarterback prospects, including two good ones in Cayman Shutter and Corey Nielsen, and several backs and receivers, but it’s the junior college haul that should make the most noise. Head coach Greg McMackin brought in ten ready-made players with the most help coming for the defensive line with tackles David Hofoka and Zach Masch.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Chad Lopati
The player you might care about this year ... RB Alex Green
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Hawaii did a good job of keeping most of the in-state talent at home while doing a fantastic job of mining the JUCO ranks for depth and hole patching. Considering the lines lose several starters and the secondary is undergoing a wholesale change, the team needed bodies for right now. Overall, this class showed that the program can go back to business as usual when it comes to recruiting after the one year down period after June Jones left.  

2. Boise State   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 2
The class is heavy on ... Linebacker. While the Broncos were able to come up with a little something for several spots, the stars are at linebacker where John Michael Davis and Allen Mooney were two tremendous gets, while Gabe Linehan should be excellent with a little time in the weight room. This is the Boise State 2013 starting linebacking corps. Two good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick and Mikey Tamburo, were also signed to develop until Kellen Moore is done.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB John Michael Davis
The player you might care about this year ... S Winston Vinable
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Boise State is getting more and more players that normally wouldn’t have thought twice about playing in the WAC. Now the reputation is growing that the Broncos don’t just win, but they also send top players off to the NFL. No, USC and the big boys in the Pac 10 didn’t lose out on a ton of players to Chris Petersen and his staff, but LB John Michael Davis, who was courted by several Pac 10 schools, and Seattle RB Allen Mooney are BCS league caliber starters.  

3. Louisiana Tech   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 5
The class is heavy on ... Running back and receiver. Head coach Derek Dooley went hard on the offense, and while he didn’t pick up any sure-thing stars, he got a lot of prospects. If you’re a strength in numbers fan when it comes to recruiting, then you’ll like all the options the Bulldogs have to choose from over the next few years with a few smallish but speedy backs like Lyle Fitte and Tyrone Duplessis. Big receivers like C.J. Broadus and Jaccari Jackson should be interesting to keep an eye out for as they develop.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Rufus Porter
The player you might care about this year ... CB Olajuwan Paige
What it all means to the real world of college football ... With Texas and Louisiana to recruit from, the program has always been able to get the guys who didn’t seem to fit in the Big 12 or SEC, but Dooley was able to get a big class, the third in a row for the program and he should have several options to play around with. The last two years were all about the defense, and this year was about the offense, so the Bulldogs should be relatively complete for a few years. Next year they can go hard after quality over quantity.  

4. Fresno State   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 1
The class is heavy on ... Linebacker. Headlined by local product, Travis Brown, the linebackers were clearly the stars of this class, followed closely by the defensive ends. Pat Su’a and Daniel Salinas move like safeties, while Nat Harrison should be a good one after a little bulking up. On the defensive front, JUCO transfer Donnie Pritchett will be plugged in right away in the rotation, but Nikko Motta could eventually turn out to be better.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Derek Carr
The player you might care about this year ... DE Donnie Pritchett
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After coming up with the WAC’s best recruiting classes over the last two years, this year is a slight step back … but not a big one. Just enough big recruiting names, like Brown and QB Derek Carr, the younger brother of former FSU star, David, are coming in to provide some potential top-shelf starters, but there weren’t a lot of holes needing to be filled. This is a class for a few years from now.


5. Utah State   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 8
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 that.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Jeff Manning
The player you might care about this year ... LB Reuben Willis
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Considering Andersen was a defensive coach at Utah, improving the defensive front seven would seem to be a priority, but there wasn’t enough time to go hard after too many top WAC prospects. The recent problems at Utah State certainly didn’t help matters.  However, after a lousy recruiting class last year that relied more on bringing in warm bodies than it was on getting stars, Andersen’s first task will be to develop the players already on campus.


6. San Jose State   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 9
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 player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Anthony Larceval
The player you might care about this year ... RB Lamon Muldrow
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The program is relying on a terrific 2007 recruiting class to pay off this year, and it’ll need to come through big over the next few seasons to restock the shelves. This year’s class is light, as was last year’s, with the offensive line almost certain to be the main focus. San Jose State has never been afraid to take the JUCO route, and that might have to be the way Dick Tomey and has staff has to go.

7. Nevada   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 6
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.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Sam Foster
The player you might care about this year ... WR Maurice Patterson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After building up the lines over the last few years, Nevada didn’t need a whole bunch this recruiting season. This is such a small class that it could be a total wash if Patterson doesn’t come through or if the quarterbacks don’t shine by 2011. Next year’s class will have to bring in the bulk to build for a future head coach; Chris Ault isn’t will likely retire before the 2010 class graduates.  


8. Idaho   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 3
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 player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Conrad Scheidt
The player you might care about this year ... WR Michael Lindsey
What it all means to the real world of college football ... If nothing else, head coach Robb Akey is doing a decent job recruiting. Will any of it translate into on-field success any time soon? Last year’s class was considered among the WAC’s best, but it didn’t matter right away. This year’s class is good enough to provide help all across the board, so the last two hauls have to start yielding results.  


9. New Mexico State   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 7
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.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Tanner Rust
The player you might care about this year ... DT John Finau
What it all means to the real world of college football ... How did New Mexico State ever get a tremendous coaching prospect like Walker, who was up for several bigger jobs over the last two years? He had no time whatsoever to do much this recruiting season, but he has a big class of players coming in which puts NMSU slightly ahead of some of the other WAC teams. Hal Mumme went heavy on the junior college players in an attempt to win last year, and it didn’t work. This class has a bit more of an eye on the future.