FB: Recruiting Roundup 2011
below for team-specific coverage:By Mark Knudson, The Mtn. InsiderFebruary 2, 2011Check back in four years…
LOI day around college football…a time for coaches to celebrate the end
of a series of long journeys and the start of the only real break
they’ll have for most of the year. Time to squeeze in that vacation and a
few rounds of golf before the start of spring football.
day, every coach will celebrate what he believes is a great class of
incoming freshman. Indeed, everyone is #1 this day.
will tell how successful each team actually was during this recruiting
cycle. A lot will change between now and the BCS title game in 2015. Who
will make a mark, and who will be a bust? No way to tell right now, so
take note of some of these names and we’ll look back four years from now
to see who scored and who punted.
According to the recruiting
services, the highest ranked incoming freshman in the MWC for next fall
is wide receiver (or maybe DB) LaDarius
from Waxahachie, Texas. Brown will be a TCU Horned Frog
next season (and presumably after that) and is one of three highly rated
pass catchers the Frogs are bringing in, along with Brandon Carter
from Euless, Texas and Cameron White
from DeSoto, Texas.
With Jeremy Kurley moving to the NFL, we could see any or all three on
the field next fall. After that, of course, fans of the MWC will be
forgiven for losing track of these guys when they step down to the Big
A guy with big shoes to fill could be Boise
State’s incoming freshman quarterback Jimmy
from Rocklin, California. Kellen Moore will be a
Heisman front runner next fall, but after that, it could be Laughrea’s
team to run. Will he be up to the task? And how about the Broncos
bringing in defensive back Taylor
…who will be moving SOUTH to Boise from British Columbia.
He might end up being a great story.
San Diego State lost their
head coach, but they’ve been in on several highly rated prospects this
year. They went down to the last day before losing out on three prized
prospects. The Aztecs did land Chad
, who might be the next big time QB on Montezuma’s Mesa.
He’s got a strong arm and good feet for a 6’ 3” pocket passer. He will
get a chance to throw to fellow Californian’s Jemond Hazely
. Dorian Brown
from Loveland, Colorado blew out his ACL on the first play of his
senior season, but that didn’t dissuade Colorado State from inking the
highly touted running back. Brown signed and enrolled early at CSU, and
his rehab is on schedule. Defensive end Joe
will join his brother in Fort Collins, and Texas product
is being brought
in to help along the defensive front.
Life is certainly
different for Air Force recruits. You can’t call a guy a bust if he ends
up struggling on the football field but becomes an Air Force Officer.
Wide receiver prospect Christian Gann
and Linebacker Connor Healy,
both from suburban Denver, will try to excel on the field AND in the
With no experience returning under center at Wyoming,
it would not be a shock to see touted quarterback prospect Adam Pittser
from Richmond, Illinois
get a shot to play early.
Bobby Hauck isn’t bringing in a huge
class in terms of numbers at UNLV, but he is getting highly sought
Junior College middle linebacker Princeton
to shore up his defense almost immediately. Jackson is a
product of Blinn JC – the same school that produced Cam Newton.
Cornerback Fred Wilson
Bakersfield will be expected to help, too.
Cyrus Kouandjijo was rated as the third or fourth best overall prospect
IN AMERICA, and he had New Mexico on his short list. Alas, the Lobos
lost him to Auburn, but did land touted Juco O lineman Korian Chambers
from Yuma, Arizona,
and defensive back Destry Berry
from Erie JC in New York. Gotta salute Mike Locksley and his staff for
Who amongst these guys will become stars and who
will we never write about ever again? Only time will tell.
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