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2009 Ind. Recruiting - What It All Means
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 9, 2009


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

Recruiting 2009 ... Ind.

Ranking the Independent classes

Army | Navy | Notre Dame

- CFN Recruiting 2009

1. Notre Dame   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 1
The class is heavy on ... talent. There isn’t any one need here that needed a desperate filling, so Notre Dame went national and brought in some superior talents. Manti Te’o is widely considered to be the nation’s best linebacker prospect, Chris Watt might be the nation’s best offensive tackle, and guar Alex Bullard, RB Cierre Wood, and LB Carlos Calabrese are among the best at their respective positions.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Manti Te’o
The player you might care about this year ... RB Cierre Wood
What it all means to the real world of college football ... If Charlie Weis is on a hot seat, this recruiting class doesn’t necessarily show it.  Getting Chris Watt and Cierre Wood weren’t real shocks, they committed early on, but snagging Manti Te’o made a great class special and might have been the signing that signals the official turn upwards for the program. Notre Dame went toe-to-toe with the big guys and got a superstar. The question will now be whether or not this group can contribute right away. It’s BCS or bust for Weis, and it would be a shame if he burned a few redshirts in desperation mode.

2. Navy   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 2
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 player who'll someday be a really big deal ... C Matt Couch
The player you might care about this year ... QB Kenneth Cluley
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Strength in numbers. Navy knows what it is, it knows what it needs to do, and it loaded up on the important positions. There are more than enough runners in the mix to develop, the defense loaded up with athletic linebackers, at least for Navy, but this class also went big on receivers with four big ones to try to add more balance to the attack.

3. Army   CFN’s 2008 Conference Recruiting Rank: 3
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 player who'll someday be a really big deal ... C Trevor Rothstein
The player you might care about this year ... DE Julius Warmsley
What it all means to the real world of college football ... New head coach Rich Ellerson comes in after leading Cal Poly’s offense, the best in the FCS, and he needed offensive playmakers. He’ll need time to develop them, but he’ll have plenty to choose from. What should everyone expect? Navy with a passing game … by 2010.