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Recruiting 2010 Conf. Rankings - M-West

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 8, 2010


Ranking and analyzing the 2010 Mountain West Recruiting Classes


Recruiting 2010 ... The Rankings

CFN's Class Rankings ... M-West

- CFN Recruiting 2010 | CFN Recruiting 2009

CFN 2010 Recruiting Rankings
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120
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2009 CFN Recruiting Rankings

1. BYU | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Linebacker. The Cougars got a few tremendous individual talents, but the heft is on defense. Jake Heaps is one of the nation's top overall recruits and the best quarterback prospect BYU has brought in since Ben Olson. Ross Apo will grow into a special wide receiver and OG Graham Rowley  and DE Bronson Kaufusi could've gone just about anywhere. In all, seven linebackers were brought in with Zac Stout likely to be the leader of the defensive front seven in a few years. Alani Fua, Toloa'i Ho Ching, and Sae Tautu are all fast, athletic defenders built to play on the outside.

2. Utah | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. The Utes got plenty of help for the passing game over the last two recruiting classes, and the shelves should remain stocked for the next five years with the addition of solid receiver prospects Drew  Anderson and Kenneth Scott. JUCO transfer John Cullen should be in the rotation at offensive tackle right away, and fellow JUCOer Star Lotulelei will make a difference on the defensive front, but the bulk of the class is in the defensive back seven with DBs Damian Payne, Lucky Radley, and Terrell Reese all fast and all good enough to have gone somewhere else. Brian Blechen leads a strong linebacking haul.

3. TCU | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterback. Andy Dalton isn't going to be around forever, and Gary Patterson and his staff have brought in three interesting quarterback prospects to wage a battle for the starting job, possibly, in 2011. Sam Carter is the best of the three with excellent all-around skills, while Matt Brown and Antonio Graves are also good athletes who'll get their shot to shine. Linebackers Marcus Mallett and Blake Roberts fit the Horned Frog mold, but as always, don't assume that any TCU recruit will stick with his original position. Patterson is a master at moving around the talent to the right spots.

4. San Diego State | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Brady Hoke has worked on improving the skill talent over the last two seasons, and this class was built to allow all the new players to shine. This was a big class that addressed several areas, but the best players were on the offensive front led by JUCO transfer Juan Bolanos, a massive player who'll be thrown into the rotation right away. Emmanuel Beavers and Zach Dilley who'll be the cornerstones for the future. JUCO transfers Riley Gauld and Joe Unga will also be counted on early.

5. Air Force | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Linebacker. This is a diverse class with a little something for all spots, but for the second straight season the top players are on the defensive side. Linebacker got the biggest influx of talent with three interesting prospects including Austin Arias, a safety-sized tackling machine who got a little interest from the Arizona schools but was too small for a big-time program. He, along with Joey Nichol and Seth Kline, will be the keys to the defense in a few years.

6. New Mexico | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receivers. After bringing aboard a slew of quarterbacks last year, the Lobos needed an upgrade in receiving talent for the near future. Head coach Mike Locksley, even after a bizarre and disastrous 2009, was able to use his talents as a recruiter, which was considered his strength when hired, to sign on four receivers led by Joshua Ford from Washington D.C., Locksley's pipeline that brought in so much talent to Illinois, and Detchauz Wray. Even with all the quarterbacks in last year's class, Locksley was still able to get Tarean Austin out of Florida.

7. Wyoming | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Receiver. Austyn Carta-Samuels has to throw to someone. After hitting the jackpot and getting a quarterback who could play right away last year, the Cowboys now need to upgrade the passing game with more dangerous targets. JUCO transfers Mazi Ogbonna and DeJay Lester need to be a big part of the offense right away, while C.J. Morgan will be a speedy target who could be the No. 1 in the near future. On the other side of the ball, JUCO transfer Austin Daniels might start right away at one corner.

8. UNLV | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Key defensive linemen. Bobby Hauck didn't have much time to put together the recruiting class he might have wanted, but he did a good job of sprinkling in some star prospects with the bulk. Only two defensive linemen were brought in, but tackle Desmond Tautofi could be a cornerstone tackle while Ian Bobak should be a pass rushing terror with a little bit of time. Overall, Houck wants a more physical team, and this class should be a good start. 

9. Colorado State | Scout List
The Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. LB Charles Favors might be the star of this recruiting class, but the Rams need a few linemen to shine. With all the quarterbacks brought in last year finding more signal calling prospects wasn't a pressing need, but the Rams still signed three decent ones highlighted by Peter Thomas, a big bomber who'll get a long look this offseason. But the strength-in-numbers part of the class is on the defensive line with six players led by end Ra'Shawde Myers.