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    TazerMan

    [2020] MAC Recruiting Results

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    As promised, we have a breakdown of each MAC class with input from Commissioner and Playoff coach, Jieret! There is a fair bit of speculation evolved, as we still don't have transfers, and most coaches will still be experimenting during the off season, but we can give you our thoughts on how these recruiting classes look initially, and how we think they will impact immediately and further down the road.

     

     

    Committed Recruits (by potential)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Total Recruits (all *)

    Team

    2.5-Star

    3-Star

    3.5-Star

    4-Star

    4.5-Star

    5-Star

    Croot Total

    Tot. Stars

    Avg. Stars

    11

    Buffalo

    3

    1

    4

    2

    1

    0

    11

    37

    3.36

    26

    Kent State

    5

    7

    8

    3

    2

    0

    25

    84.5

    3.25

    14

    Miami (OH)

    2

    4

    1

    4

    0

    1

    12

    45

    3.21

    15

    Ball State

    1

    4

    6

    1

    1

    2

    13

    48

    3.2

    20

    Akron

    4

    5

    7

    1

    1

    1

    19

    64

    3.2

    25

    Eastern Michigan

    6

    8

    6

    2

    1

    1

    24

    79.5

    3.18

    22

    Western Michigan

    2

    6

    6

    2

    1

    1

    18

    69.5

    3.16

    15

    Ohio

    1

    5

    3

    1

    1

    1

    12

    46.5

    3.1

    21

    Central Michigan

    2

    9

    4

    2

    1

    0

    18

    64.5

    3.07

    26

    Bowling Green

    10

    13

    0

    1

    0

    0

    24

    71.5

    2.75

    29

    Toledo

    23

    2

    0

    0

    2

    1

    28

    79

    2.72

    16

    Northern Illinois

    4

    4

    1

    1

    1

    0

    11

    43.5

    2.72

     

     

    Class Rankings (* denotes JuCo):

     

    1. Ohio :ohio: (3.1 avg, 15 total recruits, 12 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: DE Nicholas Blackwell 6-3 249 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Contain], WR Jordan Barnes 6-0 223 Fr Ada (Ada OH) 1.5 of 4.5 [Target], CB Cooper Rainey 5-10 203 Fr Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], CB Savion Willingham 6-0 169 Fr Triway (Wooster OH) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage], OG Amosa Neru 6-4 274 Fr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    The Bobcats landed a good mix of upside at multiple positions, headed by Blackwell who committed from sunny Florida, and Barnes from Ohio providing another offensive weapon for an increasingly scary offense. Ohio is steadily continuing to raise their talent level and addressing holes in their roster, and coach beeznik continues to accumulate talented playmakers to continue improving one of the best programs in the MAC.

    Jieret likes: Cornerbacks.  With only two actual CBs on the roster, beeznik did well to get an immediate starter in Willingham and a long-term solution in Rainey to pair with Shawn Tillman.

    Jieret wonders about: Linebackers.  Of the 11 linebackers on Ohio’s roster, all but 3 are either graduated or will graduate after the 2021 season.  Redshirting will slow the attrition, but I expected to see another LB or two join incoming 3-star Adriel Frias.

     

    2. Kent State :kent: (3.25 avg, 26 total recruits, 25 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: SS Steven Gordon 6-1 213 Jr CCBC-Essex (Essex, MD) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]*, DE Geno Mason 6-2 267 Fr River Valley (Cheshire OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Contain]. QB Cameron Hare 6-3 238 Fr Pampa (Pampa TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid], RB C.J. Williams 5-7 214 Fr Brookhaven (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power], ILB Cooper Merritt 6-3 226 Fr St. Joseph (Brownsville TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike]

    One of the biggest classes in the MAC has surprisingly very little filler, with only one player below 2.5 potential.  This group does a very good job of raising the talent floor while filling in the majority of upcoming roster holes.  John Garland and Harrison Mullin can't stay at Kent State forever so Hare and Williams will be ready to take over when they finally depart.  On the defensive side, Mason and Gordon are the highest profile recruits they've had in some time, and Merritt will be a key contributor in the future.

    Jieret likes: Overall balance.  With 10 of their 3.0+ potential recruits hailing from outside the MAC footprint, Kent State capitalized on going after overlooked prospects from prospect-rich states and bringing them into the fold.  This helped to fill in the holes inconsistent coaching left on this squad.

    Jieret wonders about: Wide Receiver.  The Golden Flashes' top four wideouts all graduate, which means that both incoming WRs Will Westfall (2.0/3.0) and Ashton Hannah (1.0/3.5) expect to see significant playing time.  Kent State could have used another body or two here, and I expect this will be a priority position for TazerMan to fill next cycle.

     

    3. Western Michigan :wmu: (3.16 avg, 22 total recruits, 18 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OLB Christian Reese 6-0 219 Fr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Coverage], CB Miles Bradford 5-9 171 Fr Pacelli (Stevens Point WI) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], DE Kayden Soriano 6-6 271 Fr Glen Lake (Maple City MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz], QB Misu Curtis 5-11 188 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.5 of 4.0 [Hybrid], P Tony Post 6-0 184 Fr Holy Cross (River Grove IL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy]

    The focus this cycle for the Broncos was on defense - 13 of the 22 players play on that side of the ball.  That doesn’t mean the offense was neglected though; Curtis is the heir apparent to Chase Sims.  Normally when I talk about special team players in key positions, it means the class was in trouble.  But Post will step in and contribute right away for the graduating Leo Coy. Picking up Bradford helps to alleviate the loss of Sean Taylor a bit, but he will still be sorely missed by Jieret, and only Jieret.

    Jieret likes: Continuity.  I believe that you recruit for the roster two years from now, and this class should be in good shape to take over for next year’s starters when they graduate.

    Jieret wonders about: Christian Reese’s readiness.  P Post and CB Bradford were expected to see immediate playing time from day one, but the failure to secure a more polished outside linebacker means the 5-star from Port St. Lucie may man a starting position as well.

     

    4. Miami (OH) :miao:  (3.21 avg, 14 total recruits, 12 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OT Felix Mccormick 6-3 260 Fr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], OG Matthew Waldron 6-2 302 Fr Springfield (Holland OH) 1.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], ILB Kayden Shaw 5-11 239 Fr Indian Lake (Lewistown OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will], CB Jeremiah Christy 5-11 191 Fr Central Catholic (Pittsburgh PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], SS Matthew Arnett 6-0 186 Fr Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

    Another class on the small side, but one with a lot of quality.  It looked like the Redhawks focused on certain positions, as the 14 recruits include 2 TEs, 3 OL, 2 ILBs, and 4 CBs.  Miami definitely wants to not get caught short on the CB position! The Redhawks picked up some quality players in this class, but the lack of depth might show up in a few years.

    Jieret likes: Offensive Line.  A strong passing game needs a strong pocket, and coach caesari knows how important it is to keep his QB upright.  Mccormick and Waldron will be ready to play by the time the current starters graduate.

    Jieret wonders about: Wide Receiver.  Considering the offense the Redhawks like to run, I'm really surprised that there were no wideouts in this class.  They have one coming off a redshirt, but with all of Miami's wideouts graduating after 2022  having capable replacements in place needs to start now.
     

    5. Eastern Michigan :emu: (3.18 avg, 25 total recruits, 24 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Tyler Pearson 6-0 226 Fr Sterling (Sterling IL) 1.5 of 5.0 [Power], FB Ned Hansen 5-9 245 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 2.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], FB E.J. Greer 6-1 249 Jr Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency, MT) 3.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]*, ILB Mosi Gary 6-3 236 Jr Wayne County Community College (Detroit, MI) 3.5 of 4.0 [Will]*, OT Keith McNeil 6-3 286 Fr Manistee (Manistee MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    This is one of my favorite classes in the MAC simply because coach Jamzz recruited with his identity in mind. Bringing in a powerful 5-star stud like Pearson and excellent lead blocker such as Ned Hansen reinforces the tough-running game the Eagles want to perfect, and picking up an even better FB in JuCo doesn't hurt.  Also with Gary's addition EMU has approximately 3409821 inside linebackers.  If only the 2-5 defense was a thing in CFBHC.

    Jieret likes: Backfield.  Look at Pearson/Hansen/Greer.  Look at them.  Then look at the scuffling Eagle run game this season with a backup TE as the fullback.  If only the Wishbone was a thing in CFBHC.

    Jieret wonders about: Offensive Line. Is this the new "every MAC team needs a corner?"  EMU had a 4.41 O-line rating last year, which is definitely not what you want when you want to be a heavy running team.  McNeil will help in time but quality is needed here, not depth.

     

    6. Central Michigan :cmu:  (3.07 avg, 21 total recruits, 18 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Daveed Huff 5-10 186 Fr G.A. Dondero (Royal Oak MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed], TE Shia Houser 6-1 230 Fr Bentley (Burton MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blocking], OLB Bradley Lloyd 6-3 232 Fr Flushing (Flushing MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage], OLB Jalen Kemp 6-0 244 Fr Flushing (Flushing MI) 2.0 of 3.0 [Coverage], CB Bill Haas 6-2 180 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

    The Chippewas focused on playmakers on both sides of the ball, sprinkling them in amongst depth across the board, and taking Lloyd from Michigan should build confidence in the recruiting potential of the Chipps. The offense in particular looks like it could something to behold in a couple of years with a 5.0 QB, 4.5 RB, 4.0 FB, 4.0 WR and 4.5 TE. Scary stuff.

    Jieret likes: Offensive skill positions.  With Huff, Houser, and 2.0/3.5 WR Dontae Peppers in the fold, coach johnkirk is giving his prized QB Byron Suggs plenty of weapons over the next few years.

    Jieret wonders about: Offensive Line. CMU has some good freshman ready to step into starting roles, but the center and tackle positions could have used a talent upgrade and not just depth.

     

    7. Buffalo :buffalo: (3.36 avg, 11 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Denzel Porter 5-9 210 Jr Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City, NY) 3.5 of 4.0 [Power], SS Dominique Waller 5-11 191 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 2.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage], ILB Leo Rincon 5-11 220 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will], OG Daniel Bridges 6-3 307 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    The smallest class in the MAC is pretty high-quality for its size.  Buffalo gets a bridge to redshirt freshman RB Alec Self in Denzel Porter, and Waller will be a force once he takes over for Thomas Gordon. They also managed to sign 7 defenders of 11 total, the offense might not be as deep in years to come.

    Jieret likes: RB. Buffalo must always have a strong run game, it is known.  The Fabulous One will ensure there is very little dropoff in quality after MAMADOU SMASH graduates.

    Jieret wonders about: The size.  I don't know why Buffalo gets such small classes, but there were a lot of roster spots that could have been addressed but weren't (CB, K, DE).  The lack of fresh bodies is exacerbated when you realize that three of the eleven recruits are OLB - two is fine, but they didn't need all three.

     

    8. Akron :zips: (3.2 avg, 20 total recruits, 19 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ILB Devin Frazier 6-1 257 Jr Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike]*, RB Bryan Ellison 5-11 221 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power], RB Shontrell Driver 5-6 212 Fr Troy (Troy OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Power], CB Jason Holguin 5-11 177 Fr Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage], CB Marc Dumas 5-9 182 Fr Jackson (Masillon OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]

    Much will be expected out of JuCo MLB Frazier, who will combine with Marlon Bailey to make a scary pairing in the middle of the Zip defense and coach darkage worked to upgrade the talent at CB. CBs Holguin and Dumas need redshirts though, so expect to see more FS getting converted next year.

    Jieret likes: RB.  Neither Ellison nor Driver need to play this year, this will give Akron a nice multi-headed monster to work with after Nathaniel Ruff graduates.

    Jieret wonders about: DE.  The Zips are VERY thin at DE with defensive tackles currently occupying the backup spots, and both starters entering their senior years.  They did recruit 3-star Carlos Edmonds, but they desperately needed more bodies to fill out the 2-deeps.

     

    9. Ball State :ball: (3.2 avg, 15 total recruits, 13 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ILB Gregory Wilkins 5-11 241 Fr Amelia (Batavia OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will], CB Aaron Edmonds 6-2 166 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage], DE Julian Tate 6-3 235 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 2.0 of 3.5 [Contain], QB Andre Grubbs 5-10 238 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket], OLB Frank Long 6-0 221 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Coverage]

    A decent mix of talent across the board.  Ball State got the near-mandatory CB recruit and a QB to step in when Causey/Carter's time is done.  But two more SS recruits when you have 4-star redshirt freshman DeAndre Simms? That time probably could have been better spent looking for line help. They also signed specialists at kick and punt returner, so new coach npklemm can expect to win some more field position battles.

    Jieret likes: Linebacker.  Top recruit Wilkins has a year to redshirt and bulk up for college play.  Almost no else outside of Muncie is excited about OLB Long, but I like him for Ball State.  He will step into a starting position from day one.

    Jieret wonders about: Offensive line.  OG Elisara Mataafa is their only recruit for this group.  As a 3.5 potential player, that ties him for second-highest amongst all Cardinal offensive linemen.  Ball State needs higher-quality beef on the lines to protect whoever will be playing under center in 2021 and beyond.

     

    10. Bowling Green :bgsu: (2.75 avg, 26 total recruits, 24 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: QB A.J. Coyne 6-3 203 Fr South (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pocket], DT Matt Hamm 6-4 305 Fr Eunice (Eunice LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap], DT Phillip Woodruff 6-1 320 Fr Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap], OLB Joshua Lyles 6-1 223 Fr Jesuit (Tampa FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Coverage], OLB Denzel Ventura 5-11 232 Fr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]

    The Falcons get a lot of bodies for depth, but the few starter-quality recruits they did land may have to play much sooner than Bowling Green would like. With holes is lots of places, coach Popadom17 has some hard decisions to make in planning for next year's recruiting cycle.

    Jieret likes: QB. Star recruit (and the only recruit above 3-star quality) A.J. Coyne gets to learn behind Eddie Connelly for a year before being handed the reins.  He should keep the QB position steady for three-four good years.

    Jieret wonders about: OLB.  With Brandon Thomas leaving for the NFL, the Falcons only have ONE true outside linebacker on the roster.  OLB Joshua Lyles may be introduced to the college game much sooner than he should be.

     

    11. Toledo :toledo: (2.72 avg, 29 total recruits, 28 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OT Isaac Decker 6-3 286 Fr Central Community (Breese IL) 2.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking], OG Brett Spangler 6-5 291 (Jr) Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]*, DE Ezekiel Williams Jr. 6-1 265 Jr Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]*, WR Joshua Hoskins 6-5 231 Fr Girard (Girard OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target], OT Amir Qualls 6-1 290 Fr Greenville (Greenville GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking]

    Hoo boy, this is not a good class.  Clearly looking to the short-term, the Rockets tried to go after various big fish across the country and got rebuffed repeatedly.  They did not sign a recruit until week 10, and it wasn’t until JuCo that Toledo got a second recruit with potential higher than 3.0.  #Toledo2021 is still in play, but what about Toledo 2023 and 2024? Despite the lack of depth, the three big players helped to build up the weakest parts of this Rocket roster: Offensive and defensive line.

    Jieret likes: JuCo results.  Spangler and Williams probably fill the biggest immediate needs the Rockets have; Toledo will be stacked on both sides of the line.

    Jieret wonders about: What happens after 2021?  The offensive line will be in great shape, but there will be a LOT of turnover after next season. With an incredible 24 of 29 recruits at 2.5 potential or less, it’s hard to see Toledo’s window extending past the next couple of seasons.

     

    12. Northern Illinois :niu: (2.72 avg, 16 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ATH Faresa Lealofi 6-1 283 Fr Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne IN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking], QB Emmett Mast 5-11 199 Jr North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, IA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid], WR Gabriel Davidson 6-1 189 Fr Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed]

    Not a good class. Not a good class at all. Former coach Noobie lived up to his name, recruiting without a plan or purpose.  Out of their 16 incoming players, an alarming 9 are 2.5 potential or less, indicating a lot of walk-ons.  That kind of inactivity is hard to do anything about.  That won’t impact them too much this year, but it definitely damages what could have been a very good 2023 roster. Emmett Mast gives another option at the revolving door that was the Huskies Quarterback position.

    Jieret likes: That they got their star recruit?  At least they got a WR since they only have one returning starter (who was their WR4)?

    Jieret wonders about: How a coach with a pulse can recruit at NIU.  The previous coach did very little and by the time coach subsequent came on board, there was almost nothing to salvage.

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