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2017 Recruiting Team Rankings & What You Need To Know: No. 101-130

2017 Recruiting Team Rankings & What You Need To Know: No. 101-130


Ranking all the recruiting classes after 2017 National Signing Day, along with the best prospect for each team, the strongest position, and what you need to know for teams ranked 101 to 130.


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2017 National Signing Day: College Football Recruiting Class Analysis, Signings & Rankings

2017 Recruiting Rankings 
Top 25 | 26-50 | 51-7576-100

2017 Recruiting Class Rankings: No. 101-130

130. Massachusetts Minutemen

The Minutemen only didn’t get too many FBS players, but it came up with a few linebackers in Mike Ruane and Claudin Cherelus who should eventually be the focus of the D.

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Mike Ruane
Strongest Position: Linebacker

129. UTEP Miners

It’s a smallish class coming in mostly for the defensive side. There just aren’t any sure-thing talents coming in.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Alex Fernandes
Strongest Position: Secondary

128. Ohio Bobcats

It’s a smallish class without a whole lot of bulk. Forget about the depth; it’s all about whether or not Drew Keszei is the quarterback of the near future. If he’s great, the class – combined with good past classes – will work.

Best Prospect You Should Know: (besides Keszei) OT Jylton Tusha
Strongest Position: Offensive Tackle

127. Eastern Michigan Eagles

It’s a relatively smallish class that didn’t capitalize on the big 2016 – that’ll come next year. There aren’t a slew of MAC difference-makers, but landing Jarius Grissom to work as either a receiver or corner was good, and C.J. Hunt is a good-looking defensive tackle.

Best Prospect You Should Know: (besides Grissom and Hunt) S Jamar Hall
Strongest Position: Defensive Tackle

126. Buffalo Bulls

The Bulls are going for the offensive punch with WRs Rodney Scott and Rick Squires needing to be big play weapons as soon as possible, and with Jay Harrison a possible speedster for the offensive side.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Kyle Vantrease
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver

125. South Alabama Jaguars

The Jaguars are hoping for the skill players to be the key to the future of the offense, bringing in several running backs with a few good receivers and QB Cephus Johnson. The two best players, though, are on defense, with S A.J. Deshazor and …

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Kendric Haynes
Strongest Position: Running Back

124. Idaho Vandals

Paul Petrino is going for versatility and athleticism, bringing in a slew of players to work on for either side of the ball, while hoping to get something big out of QB Zach Borisch and RB Roshaun Johnson.

Best Prospect You Should Know: WR/CB Dylan Lemie
Strongest Position: Offensive Guard

123. Kent State Golden Flashes

A class to finally try getting the offense going, the coaching staff brought in a few quarterbacks, a key RB in Kesean Gamble and a dangerous – but small – WR in Jonathan Moore. Almost all the key recruits are for the O.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Dustin Crum
Strongest Position: Quarterbacks

122. Akron Zips

Forgetting that the team’s strongest position coming in is quarterback – with nods to the present and the future – the defense got the most help, especially the line. For right now, the key could be the emergence of JUCO transfer …

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Nick Johns
Strongest Position: Quarterback

121. Rice Owls

There isn’t a lot of star power, but the big problem is the lack of bulk. There isn’t much pop for the offensive skill side, and there’s nothing for the defensive front, but the linebackers and defensive backs get help.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Miklo Smalls
Strongest Position: Linebacker

120. New Mexico State Aggies

Will the quarterbacks be able to step in and crank up the offense? The Aggies got two decent ones, but the other side of the ball is getting the most help. Next year, though, the D line needs prospects.

Best Prospect You Should Know: CB/WR Jaylon Mascorro
Strongest Position: Linebacker

119. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

It’s the first year for Coastal Carolina up in the FBS world, and it’s going to take a few decent classes to get up to speed. There’s little flash in this class, but the lines are being built up.

Best Prospect You Should Know: DT Octavius Pringle
Strongest Position: Offensive Guard

118. Georgia State Panthers

Is Connor Robbins the offensive tackle of the near future? He’s got the size to be an anchor to potentially help protect QB Jack Walker. The problem is the bulk of the class – there’s not a lot here. The big signings up top are strong, but it’s hardly a strength-in-numbers recruiting season.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Jack Walker
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

117. Old Dominion Monarchs

The Monarchs got a few good receivers to go along with the linemen – the best part of the class. The offensive front got some strong prospects, but the D line gets the bulk for down the line.

Best Prospect You Should Know: WR Amari Colbert
Strongest Position: Defensive Linemen

116. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

It’s not a particularly big haul, but there’s help coming in for the defense with some nice defensive backs and a few defensive tackle options in Bennie Higgins and Ziyon Hill. TE Chase Rogers should become one of the Sun Belt’s best.

Best Prospect You Should Know: OG Lavante Epson
Strongest Position: Safety

115. UAB Blazers

UAB needs bodies, and it needs more of them as it kicks up life again as a real, live college football program. DT Anthony Rush should be a key anchor as soon as he’s ready, while LB Thomas Johnson will one day be the team’s top tackler. Where are the offensive playmakers? That’s for next year.

Best Prospect You Should Know: WR Will Ulmer
Strongest Position: Offensive Line

114. Temple Owls

Geoff Collins had no time to work, and it showed with a smallish class that helped out the passing game with TE Griffin Sestili along with a decent receiving corps. LB Malik Burns has to eventually be the star of the defensive front.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB Todd Centeio
Strongest Position: Receiver/Tight End

113. Georgia Southern Eagles

It’s a big class for the defense, especially with DE Brian Miller and a ton of help for the defensive front. The offense was hardly ignored, with two quarterbacks coming in to try changing around the offense, and enough running back talent to boost up the depth right away.

Best Prospect You Should Know: RB Tre Allen
Strongest Position: Defensive End

112. North Texas Mean Green

With two quarterbacks and a slew of good receivers – some of the top targets came in on Signing Day – it’s a great season for the passing game. There’s plenty of bulk for the offensive line to help make it all go, but next year needs to be about the D.

Best Prospect You Should Know: WR Jalen Guyton
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver

111. ULM Warhawks

The Warhawks would apparently like to stop the pass, with defensive back after defensive back coming in. RB Jakyle Holmes Is the top skill guy to work around a few massive O linemen signed on.

Best Prospect You Should Know: OG Joquarius Savage
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

110. Troy Trojans

The passing game that took off last season just got a lot more help with a big receiving corps coming in. However, the defensive side got some of the best stars, with Travon Mathis a great-looking defensive end, a few okay linebackers, and a seriously terrific signing in …

Best Prospect You Should Know: DE Rasool Clemons
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver

109. Army Black Knights

It’s always a different world when dealing with Army’s recruiting class. This one is solid, but it’s loaded up with good-enough sized linebackers who fit the style, to go along with a whole slew of decent running backs to go along with a few good quarterbacks in Jabari Laws and Tyhier Tyler to eventually run the attack.

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Jeremiah Lowery
Strongest Position: Linebacker

108. Appalachian State Mountaineers

It’s not a huge class, but it’s a good one made stronger with a few good late signings. The secondary didn’t get any superstars, but it’s a deep group. The O line came up with a few solid blockers, led by future starting guard Noah Hannon.

Best Prospect You Should Know: WR Thomas Hennigan
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

107. UNLV Rebels

It’s not that big a class, and Tony Sanchez and his staff have to hope there aren’t many mistakes. The offensive line was addressed better than any other area – Justice Oluwaseun is a future starter – while Drew Tejchman was a late get who should be a playmaker either in the secondary or receiver.

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Jacob Rominger
Strongest Position: Offensive Line

106. Charlotte 49ers

The 49ers got enough excellent prospects the make it a bit of a top-heavy haul, landing a fantastic offensive tackle prospect in Dmitri Emmanuel and DE Crishawn Wilson. There’s strength in numbers, too, with plenty of live bodies to throw into the rotation right away. This is the class that needs to make Charlotte a player over the next four years.

Best Prospect You Should Know: RB Kameron Duncan
Strongest Position: Offensive Line

105. Arkansas State Red Wolves

The late signings of S Darreon Jackson and QB Zach Thomas gave an okay class a little bit more oomph. Jackson joins a few strong defensive backs coming in, along with a massive group of offensive linemen and a few gigantic defensive tackle prospects.

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Antwon Turnage
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

104. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Mike Sanford got absolutely no time to work, but he rallied late with Signing Day gets to help boost up the class. Mike’Quan Dean was a strong tight end signing, while landing WR Tariq Young and OT Preston Mixon made it a solid first run for the new head man.

Best Prospect You Should Know: LB Juwuan Jones
Strongest Position: Offensive Line

103. Connecticut Huskies

New/old head coach Randy Edsall had to scramble after taking on the job late, but he did a nice job landing his quarterback of the near future in David Pindell, along with landing a decent backup option in Marvin Washington on Signing Day. Defensive backs Ian Swenson and Brayden Brown, though, could be the key.

Best Prospect You Should Know: QB David Pindell
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

102. Air Force Falcons

Getting OT Cody Kanouse on Signing Day was a great boost for a class that came up with a surprisingly good-sized O line. The live bodies are there among all the new recruits, but are the playmakers in place to run the attack at a high-level? There aren’t many FCS-level prospects, but that’s never mattered to the program.

Best Prospect You Should Know: DT Jojo Falo
Strongest Position: Defensive Line

101. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Can this group keep the offense rolling? The receivers are coming in to help the bulk – literally, there are some big targets – but RB Maurice Gordon is the star of the offensive side. The secondary gets the most new talent, but there’s not much in the way of incoming pass rush to help.

Best Prospect You Should Know: DT Rosheem Collins
Strongest Position: Defensive Back

2017 Recruiting Rankings 
Top 25 | 26-50 | 51-7576-100

2017 National Signing Day: College Football Recruiting Class Analysis, Signings & Rankings