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  1. Welcome back to the MAC Network, I am your host Tim Timms, and we are back with the installment before signing day here on the MAC Recruiting Recap Show, and JUCO recruiting results will begin coming out this week. A very exciting time in everyone's favourite conference. 13 recruits this week, only 3 3.5s, and all the rest 2.5s or 3.0s. Those final battles have become extremely tense as the smallest of margins could make a difference at this stage. Next week there could be a huge swing in recruiting rankings and class sizes. Also, JUCOs will help to add to the top end of many classes. This week is huge for all coaches in terms of final depth players that they manage to sign, and will be a great help for some schools. The main movement is in the middle of the table this week, as the top and bottom 4 stay the same. Northern Illinois drops 2 spots after signing their first recruit in weeks, and this allows WMU and Ball State to move up one spot each. For those interested, the average potential stars for the conference is approximately 3.35, compared to last year's 2.82. A massive improvement and a big step foward Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 7 Ohio 0 1 3 1 1 17 7 27 3.86 5 Buffalo 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 6 Miami (OH) 0 1 1 4 0 0 6 22.5 3.75 13 Kent State 0 1 8 3 1 0 13 47.5 3.65 16 Western Michigan 1 5 6 2 1 1 16 56 3.5 11 Ball State 0 4 5 1 1 0 11 38 3.45 5 Northern Illinois 0 1 2 0 1 0 5 17 3.4 16 Eastern Michigan 1 7 6 0 0 1 16 53.5 3.34 16 Central Michigan 0 6 4 2 1 0 16 53 3.31 17 Akron 3 5 7 1 1 0 17 55.5 3.26 20 Bowling Green 8 11 0 1 0 0 20 57 2.85 8 Toledo 5 0 0 0 0 0 8 22.5 2.81 The only team moving up this week is Kent State, while 4 teams keep their spot and the final 7 move down or two spots. Overall not a bad week, but we can expect some major movement next week with final signings and JUCOs. Western Michigan (Class rank: 43) -1 Ohio (Class rank: 62) +0 Kent State (Class rank: 63) +3 Central Michigan (Class rank: 79) +0 Akron (Class rank: 82) -2 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 86) -2 Miami (OH) (Class rank: 92) -1 Ball State (Class rank: 93) -1 Buffalo (Class rank: 94) -1 Toledo (Class rank: 104) -1 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 107) +0 Bowling Green (Class rank: 114) +0 For this week's interview, I was able to speak with Coach darkage of the Akron Zips once again, talking about the season in review. Tim Timms: Thanks for coming onto the show again Coach! Coach darkage: My pleasure. Tim Timms: After the worst recruiting class in the MAC in 2019, did this year's class check the boxes? Coach darkage: Last year with me being a new coach and all to come in at week 4 when all the good recruits were basically decided was hard. This year I had the freedom to choose who I wanted to go after in week one and I also didn't stick to one stubborn player like i did last year. So yes, this year I feel I have gotten most of the player I want and still hoping I can get the JUCO player that's interested. Tim Timms: What has been your best win this season, and you most frustrating loss? Coach darkage: Our best win would have to be vs Buffalo because we had redeemed ourselves as a top MAC team after a loss to our rivals Kent state. Speaking of Kent State they were definitely our most frustrating loss this season because we were hoping to make it all the way to WMU undefeated and get ranked in the polls but seeing as they just knocked off Miami we don't feel as bad. Tim Timms: Are there any quiet achievers on your team that you would like to highlight? Coach darkage: Marlon Bailey... This kid in my opinion is the best DT in the nation and he doesn't get the attention deserved for it. He is Leading the MAC in tackles and sacks AS A DT. I could see him winning tons of awards this year and probably go pro. This guy is one of the best players I've ever coached also he has a great business attitude. Tim Timms: What is your goal for next season with the departure of TJ Zamora, Jaydon Boykin, Corey Brantley and Jacob Alves among others? Coach darkage: We still want that MAC title game more than anything and with dedication and hard work i believe we could pull it off but our team will be young next year so our main goal is a bowl game. No changes with the JUCO players this week, but next week there will be analysis for each player. ILB Devin Frazier 6-1 257 Jr Lakeland Community College (Kirtland OH) 4.5 of 5.0 Mike AKR CLE OT Kyler Frey 6-5 286 Jr Black Hawk College-Moline (Moline IL) 3.0 of 4.0 Run Blocking BST CB Ahmed Holman 5-11 189 (Jr) Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills MI) 4.0 of 4.5 Man Coverage BGSU RB Denzel Porter 5-9 210 Jr Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City NY) 3.5 of 4.0 Power UTAH BUF P Lane Adair 6-4 182 Jr Minnesota State CTC (Fergus Falls MN) 3.5 of 4.5 Power CMU FB E.J. Greer 6-1 249 Jr Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency MT) 3.5 of 4.5 Pass Blocking EMU EMU ILB Mosi Gary 6-3 236 Jr Wayne County Community College (Detroit MI) 3.5 of 4.0 Will EMU SS Steven Gordon 6-1 213 Jr CCBC-Essex (Essex MD) 3.5 of 4.5 Man Coverage KNT QB Emmett Mast 5-11 199 Jr North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City IA) 3.0 of 4.0 Hybrid ISU NIU OLB Ruben Cahill 6-3 220 Sr Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove IL) 4.5 of 4.5 Coverage NIU DE Ezekiel Williams Jr. 6-1 265 Jr Southwestern Community College (Creston IA) 4.0 of 4.5 Blitz CINCY TOL DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: (signed) Kent State gets their conference leading 8th 3.5 potential recruit, overtaking Akron. Toledo's late attempts to come in and take him away from the Golden Flashes were for naught, as just a few weeks later he commits to Coach TazerMan's squad. Riley Finch, Target, 2.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , The Buckeyes keep their lead, and it would take a miracle at this point for Finch to change his decision. Central Michigan are a small, out of state school, and Miami have already used most of their resources And that's it for this week, thanks for tuning in to another MAC Recruiting Recap Show. And remember, if it's not MAC, it's wack! Thanks to @darkage for taking the time for an interview this week.
  2. [2020] Week #15 - FNF

    HES BACK BITCHES, breaking more records. gg @caesari. Sorry my dude, need this bowl game. Quinn Benson finally back on the statsheet and Roberts with his 5th pick.
  3. looking solid. @Jieret do we know what the highest ranking for a MAC team is in history?
  4. Welcome back to the MAC Network, I am your host Tim Timms, and we are back with another MAC Recruiting Recap Show, and the big news this week is that the JUCO recruits have been released ad teams will begin bidding for their services next week! MAC teams signed 8 recruits this week, and all of them were 2.5 potential players. As recruiting winds down I expect we will see many more of these depth players beeing signed, and for some teams if they have a high enough floor they might start for a season while a higher potential player redshirts. Bowling Green brings in 5, Toledo 2 and WMU 1. Most of the attention this week was focused at the JUCOs, which we will get to later. Movement in the tabular standings this week as drops two spots, meaning and move up one each. and now have the same ave rage potential per recruit, now 0.45 below Akron. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 6 Ohio 0 1 2 1 1 1 6 23.5 3.92 5 Buffalo 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 6 Miami (OH) 0 1 1 4 0 0 6 22.5 3.75 12 Kent State 0 1 7 3 1 0 12 44 3.67 4 Northern Illinois 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 14.5 3.63 13 Western Michigan 1 3 5 2 1 1 13 46.5 3.58 11 Ball State 0 4 5 1 1 0 11 38 3.45 13 Central Michigan 0 6 4 2 1 0 13 44.5 3.42 16 Eastern Michigan 1 7 6 0 0 1 16 53.5 3.34 17 Akron 3 5 7 1 1 0 17 55.5 3.26 16 Bowling Green 8 7 0 1 0 0 16 45 2.81 8 Toledo 7 0 0 0 0 1 8 22.5 2.81 Only downwards movement unfortunately in the nation rankings this week. No team drops more than 3 places, but all but 2 teams manage to slide. WMU still holds top spot comfortably, and Ohio and Kent State have 2 and 3 with some breathing room. Three teams are one after another in the 90's, and then the former powerhouse Toledo manages to stay ahead of two teams that have gone through their share of coaching struggles and changes. Western Michigan (Class rank: 42) -1 Ohio (Class rank: 62) +0 Kent State (Class rank: 66) -1 Central Michigan (Class rank: 79) -3 Akron (Class rank: 80) -3 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 82) -1 Miami (OH) (Class rank: 91) -1 Ball State (Class rank: 92) -1 Buffalo (Class rank: 93) -1 Toledo (Class rank: 103) +0 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 107) +0 Bowling Green (Class rank: 112) -2 For my interview this week, I was able to speak with TazerMan of Kent State regarding his experiences in his first season as head coach, as well as his opinions on the season and recruiting for the Golden Flashes. Tim Timms: Great to have you on the show Coach! Coach TazerMan: Thanks for having me here. Tim Timms: What has been the biggest challenge for you this year, in any aspect of your job? Coach TazerMan: The biggest challenge has been coming into a program with a lack of consistency in past coaching. I doubt many people know, but we didn't have anyone redshirted in 2017, 2018 or 2019. Some guys are graduating a year earlier than they should, and its lead to some positions like receiver and corner that are going to be a big void come next year, and hopefully some young guys can step up. Tim Timms: Are you happy with your recruiting so far this season, and what is your outlook on JUCOs? Coach TazerMan: For the most part yes, but I have learnt a lot of lessons that I can hopefully apply next year. Taking the two guys out of Texas was big, and getting four high quality starters was great, as well as 7 guys that will start for us in the coming years, as well as a plug-n-play receiver. I am dissapointed in myself in my handling of Felix McCormick. I thought he was all ours and decided to visit another player that we ended up signing with no troubles, but we could have had a strong tackle to start with our new offensive pieces in 2021. Tim Timms: Which position group or player has been the most surprising or pleasing this year, and one that you want to step up for the last two games in your hunt for bowl eligibility? Coach TazerMan: Most surprising or pleasing? Probably Richard (Roberts). He has been a stud this year, 4 picks and really solid coverage against some really good wide outs, and no one expected anything of him. He really pushes himself and has made himself the best player possible. Someone I want to step up? I think he knows it, but Quinn really has to go out there and not only be an emotional and vocal leader, but he has to make some splash plays. His two best games this year he got MAC defensive player of the week, if he can have those kinds of games against Miami and Central Michigan, we've got a shot. Tim Timms: And to finish, what is your plan going into 2021 and beyond, any expectations regarding performance? Coach TazerMan: 2021 is going to be a tough one, last year's recruiting was not good, so we will have to make do, and we will lose a lot, our top 4 receivers and our starting secondary as well, so its going to be up to some gutsy and gritty performances to win games. After that, when John leaves we will lose our leader, but we have a lot of exciting and talented players coming in, so I am already excited to coach that team! And before we get to the recruiting battles, we have a preview of the JUCOs that have interest in MAC schools and my thoughts on the likelihood they commit to everyone's favourite conference. ILB Devin Frazier 6-1 257 Jr Lakeland Community College (Kirtland OH) 4.5 of 5.0 Mike AKR CLEM Potentially a huge upgrade here for Akron, but the Frazier's family connections to Clemson will not help at all, and it will be a hge win for Akron if they ca sign him. This one looks quite unlikely from the get-go, but we will see. OT Kyler Frey 6-5 286 Jr Black Hawk College-Moline (Moline IL) 3.0 of 4.0 Run Blocking BST A better outlook on this one, as Frey looks to be a solid player and an instant starter for the Cardinals, as he will take over from current right tackle Carter Shannon and provide upside for his senior season. He and left tackle Aiden Hammer will make a huge impact for incoming redshirt freshmen Damani Laws, who is a fan of running of tackle, and Frey might just become his new best friend CB Ahmed Holman 5-11 189 (Jr) Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills MI) 4.0 of 4.5 Man Coverage BGSU If Coach Popadom17 can sign Holman this class will be exponentially better. As more teams in the MAC develop a strong aerial attack, a shutdown corner will become invaluable, and here he is. With a year under his belt and improvements on offense, even despite the loss of star Brandon Thomas to the draft, the Falcons will still be able to give qbs nightmares RB Denzel Porter 5-9 210 Jr Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City NY) 3.5 of 4.0 Power UTAH BUF While Porter is not a necessity for Buffalo, as they have 4.5 potential Alec Self redshirting, he could come in and start for two years, and when he graduates Self would be project to be a 4.0/4.5 with two years to play, continuing the dominating power running that Buffalo is known for. P Lane Adair 6-4 182 Jr Minnesota State CTC (Fergus Falls MN) 3.5 of 4.5 Power CMU Another special teamer from the JUCO fields is looking to play at CMU, as the strong-legged Adair follows the lead of Trent Michaels. The Chipps currently have a 3.5/3.5 starting at punter, but Adair would come in straight away and be an upgrade if he wasn't redshirted. FB E.J. Greer 6-1 249 Jr Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency MT) 3.5 of 4.5 Pass Blocking EMU EMU EMU is almost guaranteed one JUCO recruit, and he is in a position of need! They are currently starting a 2.5 TE at fullback, and with the signing of the nation's #2 RB, they will need to have a road paver in front of him, and Greer fits the bill perfectly. ILB Mosi Gary 6-3 236 Jr Wayne County Community College (Detroit MI) 3.5 of 4.0 Will EMU On top of that, EMU is the sole interest of an instate inside backer who will come in almost identical to current backup Julien Rinehart, so it will be interesting to see how much Jamzz pursues him, as he is not a major need. SS Steven Gordon 6-1 213 Jr CCBC-Essex (Essex MD) 3.5 of 4.5 Man Coverage KNT A successor to the captain of the Flash defense, Gordon will enter with a higher ceiling and a similar style of play, as well as being a bigger and faster player. Kent State could do with another 4.5 on defense after signing Geno Mason this season, and Gordon would provide an instant play maker. QB Emmett Mast 5-11 199 Jr North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City IA) 3.0 of 4.0 Hybrid ISU NIU The Huskies have started a scrambler and a pocket QB this year, will they try the in between next year with Mast, who is also linked to Iowa State, who have had well documented Quarterback troubles of their own. He is quite undersized, but brings an interesting option to the table for Coach Subsequent to begin building his own team and scheme, starting with the signal caller. OLB Ruben Cahill 6-3 220 Sr Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove IL) 4.5 of 4.5 Coverage NIU Northern Illinois are also being heavily considered by Cahill, who will make the young and promising and Husky linebacker core become a fearsome one, as they will have a 4.5 potential junior, a 5.0 potential sophomore and a 4.5 senior, a truly terrifying sight for MAC teams. DE Ezekiel Williams Jr. 6-1 265 Jr Southwestern Community College (Creston IA) 4.0 of 4.5 Blitz CINCY TOL Toledo looks to use family connections to pull Williams away from Cincy, who are looking to retool with an impressive recruiting class this year. Toledo have a relative weakness at left end, and sophomore Dwayne Briggs has been tearing it up this year, with 6.5 sacks, good for 3rd in the MAC. Pairing these two would be even scarier for #Toledo 2021 Due to the lack of upper tier recruits, the recruiting battles will only follow those on the list, and JUCO recruits will be incorporated when they begin to be bidden on and signed. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: (signed) Alas, after being on here since the beginning Jennings will sign with the Spartans. Eastern Michigan got so close, but they had to go for the big punch, and they almost landed it. When MSU lost the race for Victor Austin, it spelled the end for Jamzz's hopes, and unfortunately for him he won't be an Eagle. DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , After Toledo moved up next to Kent State, they pulled away again, perhaps signalling a fall in Toledo's interest. However, they can't be counted out, as they will definitely be looking for more recruits with starting potential, and Hunt is one of the few left. Riley Finch, Target, 2.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , OSU keeps their lead, and it seems like Finch will be going to the Big Ten. Not much could have been done here, they had a lead from the start and they have kept it all the way. But, there is still time, and we have seen some big turnarounds this season, one in particular by the Redhawks that we have covered, so I'm not ruling anything out just yet. That's all for this week, thanks for tuning in to another instalment, and remember, if it's not MAC, it's wack!
  5. [2020] Week #13 - Saturday Evening

    Hey, CMU is actually not bad, they are well coached and almost upset WMU the other week.
  6. [2020] Week #13 - Saturday Evening

    ALL HAIL OUR BRONCO OVERLORDS!
  7. [2020] Week #13 - TNF

    Well Fuck. Not even a #QualityLoss. Also, Buffalo went nuts on NIU. 518 yards and 48 points, 38 in the first half.
  8. War Light

    Yea
  9. [2020] MAC Recruiting Recap Show, Week 12

    yeah it is, it posted and I am in the process of editing. Sorry!
  10. Welcome back to the MAC Network, I am your host Tim Timms, and we are back with another week of recruiting here on the MAC Recruiting Recap Show, and JUCO recruiting will begin this week, so there is excitement in the air! 14 recruits this week, with two 4.0 prospects, two 3.5 prospects, 4 3.0s and 6 2.5s. Most teams are looking to bring in depth at this stage, but some teams, as we will see when we look at our recruiting battles, are managing to bring in solid starting talent near the end of the campaign. Western Michigan keeps building a highly rated and diverse class, and Ohio adds to their top end. Toledo makes up for lost time by signing 4 2.5s this week just to make some semblance of a class for this year. The table is shaken up by Toledo again who go from number four to number 12, as their mass signings do them no good. Ohio keeps their high talent class, and Western Michigan and Kent State share the number 4 spot, having the same number of recruits and the same average potential. Bowling Green leaves the bottom only due to Toledo's massive fall, but I'm sure they will take it. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 6 Ohio 0 1 2 1 1 1 6 23.5 3.92 5 Buffalo 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 6 Miami (OH) 0 1 1 4 0 0 6 22.5 3.75 12 Western Michigan 0 3 5 2 1 1 12 44 3.67 12 Kent State 0 1 7 3 1 0 12 44 3.67 4 Northern Illinois 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 14.5 3.63 11 Ball State 0 4 5 1 1 0 11 38 3.45 13 Central Michigan 0 6 4 2 1 0 13 44.5 3.42 16 Eastern Michigan 1 7 6 0 0 1 16 53.5 3.34 17 Akron 3 5 7 1 1 0 17 55.5 3.26 11 Bowling Green 3 7 0 1 0 0 11 32.5 2.95 6 Toledo 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 17.5 2.92 Western Michigan (Class rank: 41) +1 Ohio (Class rank: 62) +10 Kent State (Class rank: 65) -3 Central Michigan (Class rank: 76) +0 Akron (Class rank: 77) +0 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 82) -1 Miami (OH) (Class rank: 90) +11 Ball State (Class rank: 91) +2 Buffalo (Class rank: 92) -2 Toledo (Class rank: 103) +0 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 107) -1 Bowling Green (Class rank: 112) +0 In the interview portion, I was able to speak with SodapopSeth, the only other remaining coach apart from deathcpo from the conference's innaugural season. We discussed Tim Timms: Great to have you here coach. Coach SodapopSeth: No worries. Tim Timms: Many were intrigued by your signing of Blair Holcomb in JUCO recruiting last year based on your identity at the time as a run first team. How do you think he has helped this team this year, and how he will help next year when Mamadou Wynn graduates at the end of this year? Coach SodapopSeth: Oh, he has been phenomenal at shifting the focus of the team away from Mamadou, allowing him to really shine in the offense. When Mamadou leaves, I can't wait to see how Blair does when we let him go wild with his own offense. It's kind of a balancing act now, but next year, woo, watch out. Tim Timms: Any thoughts on your recruiting class this year? Any reasons for the small number of recruits compared to some other teams like Akron, Eastern Michigan and Kent State? Coach SodapopSeth: We haven't had the best year, to be frank, but the guys we have pulled in slot nicely into our system. I was gunning for high skill guys, a boom or bust kind of mentality and it failed me and the team this year. Tim Timms: What has been the biggest surprise for you this year, for example a player's performance or a certain aspect of your team? Coach SodapopSeth: Our offensive line has held especially firm this year, and I am incredibly proud of our guys down in the trenches. Without them, we'd probably be stuck in the bottom of the conference right now. I'm really gonna miss them next year. Tim Timms: There was talk of Buffalo being in the contention for being ranked, receiving a few votes in the Coaches Poll. This week Buffalo has disappeared from the list, and the team that beat you last week, Akron, are now receiving votes. Do you take this as a positive or motivation moving forward? Coach SodapopSeth: That's what happens when you lose close games. I'm still seething a bit from our last loss but there's nothing that we can do but put our heads down, dig in, and power through. Now to the recruits. Some new signings this week, and so we will bring in a couple of new ones onto the show. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Despite all the positivity for the Eagles, Michigan State never fell out of the race, and now that they have resources free they used them on Jennings, getting neck and neck with EMU. This might spell the end of Jamzz's hopes of grabbing a big target for Shaw CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: (signed) Ohio went from being behind for a while, to being even, and now being the lead dog in the race, getting Rainey's commitment this past week. An important position for both teams, but Ohio manages to take another Corner this class, hoping to strengthen a position group that is a weakness in almost all MAC teams. OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: (signed) Miami wins this one as Kent State drops out hoping to pursue other recruits in less-red pastures. Miami played this one very well, almost falling out and then the next week taking a commanding lead. The Redhawks are not well rated in the national rankings, but 4 4.0 potential players with two on the O-line and two in the back seven, this team will continue to be a presence in the MAC. DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , Not so boring anymore! Toledo jumps into a small lead over Kent State, who left this battle alone while focusing on McCormick. This could be another one that comes back to bite them for not locking it up earlier. The Irish are still nonexistent in this competition, but now the Rockets have pole position. This will be one to keep an eye on. Riley Finch, Target, 2.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , The Buckeyes jump to a comfortable lead as they push past the instate Redhawks and the out of state Chips. It seems the only way that Finch is coming to the MAC is if that Miami wants him, as the resources they were using on McCormick are now freed up. And that's it for this week, thanks for tuning in to another MAC Recruiting Recap Show. And remember, if it's not MAC, it's wack! Thank you to @SodapopSethfor the interview.
  11. I was hoping Roberts got some love, he's a tackle and a touchdown away from being on the same level as the guys on the Thorpe shortlist, and has 1 more int than 2 of them. Going to miss him next year when all my cbs are 2.5s...
  12. [2020] Week #12 - TNF

    Passes defended and fumbles hype!
  13. Brent

    Don't worry, it gets better.
  14. Brent

    Best name on the site right here guys
  15. Welcome back to the MAC Network everybody, I am your host Tim Timms, and I am proud to be presenting you with these week's Recruiting Recap show! I'd like to call this a week of firsts, and our first first is Toledo's first recruit! In the not so holy city people are going wild after the first croot sighting of the season, after a much delayed start to crootin' season in Toledo. The fact that he is a 2.5 star recruit isn't being taken into account, the excitement is just too real. This was a big week, with 25 recruits signed to the MAC, with 3 4-star players and a 4.5 committing, and a number of 3 and 3.5 stars. Western Michigan has just added on to what is quickly becoming the best class in the conference, while Bowling Green added 5 players, all of 3.5* potential or lower. Now, the table has been shaken up this week as Toledo jumps up to number four on average, despite having the 103rd ranked class nationally, again showing the flaws within the system. Also, Miami Ohio drops from a nice round 4 star average this week, and with that drops to 5th place. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 4 Ohio 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 16.5 4.125 9 Western Michigan 0 1 4 2 1 1 9 34.5 3.83 5 Buffalo 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 2 Toledo 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7.5 3.75 5 Miami (OH) 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 18.5 3.7 12 Kent State 0 1 7 3 1 0 12 44 3.67 4 Northern Illinois 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 14.5 3.63 12 Central Michigan 0 5 4 2 1 0 12 41.5 3.46 10 Ball State 0 4 4 1 1 0 10 33.5 3.45 15 Akron 1 5 7 1 1 0 15 50.5 3.37 16 Eastern Michigan 1 7 6 0 0 1 16 53.5 3.34 11 Bowling Green 3 7 0 1 0 0 11 32.5 2.95 The national rankings are a bit disappointing this week, with the lack of commitments leading to our top 6 schools falling slightly. However, Toledo finally is out of the 119 spot, and that means Bowling Green falls to the bottom of the MAC here, as well as in the table (sorry @Popadom17). There are still some strong classes here for the appeal that a G5 conference gathers, and there is still room to go up before season's end, with signing day and JUCOs on the horizon. Western Michigan (Class rank: 42) -1 Kent State (Class rank: 62) -3 Ohio (Class rank: 72) -3 Central Michigan (Class rank: 76) -2 Akron (Class rank: 77) -2 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 81) -3 Buffalo (Class rank: 90) +0 Ball State (Class rank: 93) +1 Miami (OH) (Class rank: 101) +2 Toledo (Class rank: 103) +16 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 106) -1 Bowling Green (Class rank: 112) +0 For my interview this week, I was able to talk to deathcpo, one of the two longest tenured MAC coaches, and probably the most prolific coach, with a 40-21 (.656) record. I was able to talk with him about his season as a whole, which to many, including the coach, has been a disappointment, as in the preseason they were almost ranked, only 8 points behind then #25 Maryland. Tim Timms: Thanks for taking the time out of your schedule for an interview Coach! Coach deathcpo: Thanks for having me here. Tim Timms: Any thoughts on your season thus far? Any games that stick out to you as particularly positive or negative? Coach deathcpo: Pretty disappointing year in general, really feel like we have the talent to be 12-0, but poor coaching decisions have limited the success my team has had on the field. There hasn't been a single game this season where I could say my team played at their best. Ohio is probably the biggest example of the teams failures this year. A D-line with 4 4.5*+ potential player got no pressure on their QB, let Owen Walton run for like 120 yards and 2 scores, a superior secondary got torched by average receivers, and my QB who's been great threw a couple INTs including a pick 6 which is the difference in the game. I accept full responsibility for the failures of the team as i haven't put an effort consistent with what the team deserves as head coach this season. I intend to use the remainder of the season to continue learning the strengths and weaknesses of the team. Looking ahead I want this team to grow up, learn how to win and get ready for a playoff run in 2021. Tim Timms: What is your ideal final record, and do you think you will make the championship game again? Coach deathcpo: I really don't think i should lose any remaining games on paper, but obviously Akron and WMU are scary. Going 1-1 in those games means I'm probably not going to be in the championship game. So I think the ceiling is 11-2 with a conference title. The floor is probably 8-4. It would be a huge disappointment to achieve anything less a conference title considering how close we have been the last few years. Tim Timms: After having signed your first recruits in the past two weeks, how do you think this will help you moving forward, and what do you expect your class to like come signing day? Coach deathcpo: Recruiting has been a total nightmare this year. I've had a ton of success in the past but the new NCAA regulations this season, I quite frankly was unprepared for, and that shows in the class we have managed to sign so far. A Whopping 2 recruits, 1 of which is a projected starter. I have no comment on what went wrong but accept full responsibility for being unprepared. To close the season I would love to sign a DE we have been talking to all year down in FL, but for now he is leaning towards FAU. Other than that the goal is to focus on signing some depth players and secure at least 1 JUCO recruit that can make a large contribution to next years playoff hopeful run. Tim Timms: Are there any players on your team that you would like to highlight that you don't think are receiving as much attention as they should be? Coach deathcpo: As the former coach of the Carolina Panther's I have an appreciation for a great full back. Donnie Hubbert was the unsung hero of the Panthers offense, overshadowed by stars Skaggs and Latta, but let me tell you something, without Donnie that offense would have been much more pass reliant. A good fullback is a total game changer when making an offensive gameplan. Knowing you have a guy that can make a key block on a run, pick up a blitz on a pass or get you that extra inch up the gut is a huge advantage. That guy for Toledo is FB Jacob Holt. Now to the recruits. Some new signings this week, and so we will bring in a couple of new ones onto the show. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: (signed) Got him. It took them a while, and as we heard just before, frustrated the pants of Coach deathcpo, but he is signed up and ready to go. Toledo has addressed the biggest weakness on their team, O-line, and done it with a guy who could start next year, as Toledo gets ready to make the push. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Even though Victor Austin signed to the Wolverines, Jamzz keeps a lead on the big bodied receiver out of Monroe. Some thought this would be the week that MSU started to reign in the Eagles, but it hasn't happened yet. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Ohio has pulled within striking distance, and this is one that just seems to keep coming back. WMU has been leading this most of the way, and both team's have recruiting very well over this period, and both have signed instant starters at corner. Which team will get another solid player to help lock down receivers as the MAC begins to see more dangerous passing attacks. OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , This stays exactly the same as last week, so I think this is as far as it will go. Kent State is now out of resources, and Miami managed their's better to help secure McCormick. This one has swung back and forth and up and down, but now it looks to be settled on the Redhawk side of things. DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , BORING! No movement here since the start, but we will see if someone shows Hunt some interest and then maybe he'll move someone up or down his list. SS Trevor Nolan Jr., Man Coverage, 1.5/3.5 Top Teams: (signed) For the second time in a row covering a safety Ball State is targeting, he's gone after one week. But this time he's coming to the MAC. I think this is an interesting signing for the Cardinals, as they already have 2 redshirt freshmen starting at the safety spots, but maybe they want to have the consistency of solid safety play in years to come. WR Riley Finch, Target, 2.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , A surprising name still left on the board, Finch is a possession receiver with a high floor coming in, and projects to come out at as a solid starter at the position. Interest in Finch has really picked up over the past weeks, with Ohio State and CMU displaying their interest, and this week Miami (OH) have come into the picture as well. CMU trails due to the other two being instate, but they aren't out of this one just yet. And that's it for this week, thanks for tuning in to another MAC Recruiting Recap Show. And remember, if it's not MAC, it's wack! Thank you to @deathcpo for the interview.
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