American Athletic Conference Recruiting Strengths
The talent is there for the passing game with a good group of receivers along with terrific QB prospect Evan Prater, but the real key will be the talent at linebacker coming in. UC needs more, but the two it signed – Jaheim Tomas and Daved Jones – should form the nucleus of the defense in a few years when they bulk up.
It’s time East Carolina stopped someone’s ground game. There were a few defensive tackles in last year’s class, but this year’s group is loaded with various types of prospects for the interior to create a far better rotation. The incoming ends aren’t bad, either.
There might not be a sure-thing superstar coming in, but after not doing much with last year’s class when it came to guys helping the passing game cause, there are a few nice options. There hasn’t been the avalanche of talent coming in quite yet, though.
Throw in the addition of QB Keilon Brown, and the passing game got the main men. There aren’t a ton of new targets, but there’s more speed being added to the mix along with a few versatile talents who’ll be moved around where needed. The passing game isn’t going to slow down.
Navy Running Backs
It’s Navy, so there are a whole lot of 5-9ish, 185ish point quick players who can fit a variety of spots. The depth at running back isn’t going to slow down, and that’s how this works. There aren’t a lot of elite talents, but the bulk talent comes up with a few great runners … always.
Apparently, the Mustangs would like to do a better job of blocking someone. They went way large on offensive linemen last year, and kept if all going this season with a good mix of options. It’s going to be a deep line over the next few seasons.
There wasn’t much done in last year’s class for the defensive front. That was remedied with this year’s class, especially a tackle with a few nice tackles to build the defensive future around.
Willie Fritz has more weapons and more options to get the air-show going. The Tulane offense is always going to want to run the ball, but the JUCO WR brother combination of Nataurean and Natorian Watts should be dangerous. The quarterback combination of Michael Pratt and Justin Ibieta will make for an interesting race.
There might not be a whole slew of big-time talents for the Golden Hurricane offensive front, but there’s a bunch of bodies coming in to build up for the near future. Call this a readjustment for last year’s light class for the front five.
After not doing much of anything to address the secondary in last year’s recruiting class, Josh Heupel and the Knights loaded up with several goo options, a few JUCO transfers, and the defensive backs to build around.
New head man Jeff Scott wants to get the passing game going right out of the gate, and he’s scrambling with plenty of good receivers – starting with quick target Omarion Dollison – and a few excellent quarterback prospects.