2017 Mountain West Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings
How did the Mountain West teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit?
2017 Mountain West Recruiting Class Rankings
So how do the 2017 Mountain West recruiting classes stack up? Here’s how the rankings are figured out.
1) Bulk. Who gets the most talent? Sometimes, getting lots of good prospects is better than getting a few great ones.
2) Superstars. Yeah, getting the elite guys matters. Who got the supposedly best players?
3) The needs and hole filling. How do the programs manage to do what’s needed to get their types of players, at least compared to the others in the conference?
12. Nevada Wolf Pack
New head coach Jay Norvell is just getting going, but he did what he could. Trying to get the passing game going for down the road, in comes WR Austin Arnold as the key to the offense, but the best players might be on the other side, with S Vosean Crumbie and LB Lamin Touray the two players who have to form the base.
11. UNLV Rebels
After a good class last year, UNLV took a step back this time around. However, head coach Tony Sanchez – armed with a contract extension – did a nice job of finding some depth with some decent players from the JUCO ranks like LB Jacob Rominger, but the class is built mostly around Justice Oluwaseun and the deep offensive line.
10. Air Force Falcons
Air Force will never get the talents that other Mountain West teams can bring in, but it came up with a few good prospects who had options to go elsewhere. Brandon Gooding is the future of the Falcon pass rush, while Jojo Falo is an active, relentless defensive tackle who should fit the mold.
9. New Mexico Lobos
If you like JUCO transfers, here you go. Bob Davie wanted to crank up help for the depth with three JUCO offensive linemen to go along with a 320-pound Jermane Conyers for the defensive interior and a good-looking end in Jordan Flack – all will get their chances right away. For the future, QB Cameron Burston is a big, interesting option to potentially run the Lobo attack, and Nico Bolden should someday by the sheriff of the secondary at one safety spot.
8. Wyoming Cowboys
Did the big 2016 season translate into a big recruiting season? Sort of. Last year’s class was among the weakest in the Mountain West, but this time around there’s more star power. WR C.J. Coldon is the best of a decent trio of receivers coming from Illinois, while Tyler Vander Waal is signed on from California in an attempt to be the next great quarterback under Craig Bohl.
7. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Head coach Nick Rolovich worked the mainland for talent, and it paid off getting a fantastic group of receivers with Drake Stallworth, Isaia Mullen and Donovan Dalton just a few of the big, talented targets for the future, while JUCO transfer Marcus Armstrong-Brown is to help out now – Rolovich is going to get his guys for the passing attack. With a great combination of good high school prospects to go along with the JUCO haul, it’s a good class.
6. Utah State Aggies
It’s a class working around the offense with QB Henry Colombi and TE Carson Terrell the best of the prospects, but the other key parts are on the line to build up the offensive foundation. The defense gets a few JUCO transfers in CB Deante Fortenberry and DE Devon Anderson, but this is a class for the future of the attack.
5. San Jose State Spartans
New head coach Brent Brennan worked quickly to help put together an outstanding class. It starts with QB Terrell Carter out of San Diego, but it’s built on the secondary with four great corners as part of the haul. Tre White and Mekhi Ware are the best options, but they’ll have to battle with the rest of the deep class. The JUCO transfers weren’t ignored to help out early on with even more cornerback help.
4. San Diego State Aztecs
The two-time defending Mountain West champ had an okay haul of talent, building back up the great defense with CBs Darren Hall and Tayari Venable, and DBs Andrew Aleki and Connor Mitchell. The stars, though, are in the offensive backfield, with more Rocky Long-type runners in Kaegun Williams and Chance Bell to go along with QB Cam Roane.
3. Fresno State Bulldogs
Jeff Tedford had to work quickly, but he did a great job doing whatever he could to load up for the woeful defense. The secondary got a few JUCO transfers to go along with Wylan Free, a tall, talented defensive back who needs to add a little weight. Tedford has his future pass rushers in T.J. Mauga and Emeka Ndoh, but now he needs more of them. There aren’t any sure-things for the offense, but there are lots and lots of options.
2. Colorado State Rams
After going heavy on the JUCO route last year, the Rams got a little bit of everything this time around. The defensive backs and versatile athletes are as good as any in the conference – outside of Boise State’s haul. QB Justin McCoy out of New Orleans isn’t all that big, but he can ball. He’ll get targets to throw to with a few good receivers coming in, and with RB Marcus McElroy to potentially hand off to.
1. Boise State Broncos
There’s more top-shelf talent coming in than for any other Mountain West program. Jermani Brown is destined to be an all-conference defensive back sooner than later, while WR Octavious Evans is the team’s potential go-to guy. The linebacker prospects are terrific, the defensive backs around Brown are the strongest in the Mountain West, and the level of athlete signing on is by far the strongest in the conference.