MWC Recruiting Roundup: 7/24
At a Glance:
After focusing in on the the big commitment week of Fresno State and Christian Pedersen detailing the Aztecs great recruiting start, this week will take a bit of a big picture look, with some thoughts and observations of each team thus far.
Air Force: Looks like they have their triple option QB of the future in Max Massingale, a dual-threat player ranked as high as 33rd in that category. Got a big OL player in Noah Gunn. Also, 3 commits from 3 different states (AZ, ID, TX) shows they are putting in solid work on the recruiting trail, which is consistently difficult for an academy school.
Boise State: They continue to do Boise State things recruiting-wise. Getting offers out to players early and building relationships, “stealing” commits from the PAC12. DB Phillip Mills and LB Brandon Hawkins are great examples of this, as they will be solid players and APB Kazmeir Allen could be their biggest steal thus far. Zach Wilson is said to be a vastly-improving QB and all of this is continuing evidence the Bronco coaching staff are great talent-evaluators.
Colorado State: While they aren’t landing the high ranking recruits, the Rams are putting in work with 11 verbals already. They have 3 from in-state and are casting a wide net, pulling in players from 6 other states. Nick Martin-Morman, Teja Young, and Zach Schlager are all around top 100 at their respective positions, depending on which recruiting site and they are the headliners in the class as of now.
Fresno State: See last week’s piece for a more in-depth look, but Tedford and his new regime are capitalizing on the new buzz and recruits are taking notice. WR Arias looks like a PAC12 level talent, CB Ruffin could make an early impact in the return game, and SAM LB King gives them future versatility on defense. Lots of solid players who will form the future backbone of the program.
Hawaii: It’s hard to recruit on the island, but Rolovich and his staff are doing their best to break down that barrier. Through two years, they are taking a broad brush with recruiting, offering seemingly every high school football player they can. So far, they have two local commits and two more from California. Khoury Bethley at RB gives them a talented skill player to give this class a great starting point.
Nevada: Another new staff who is doing a solid job taking advantage of building excitement around the new program, Jay Norvell and his staff have received seven verbal pledges, six out of the talent-rich California. 6’4 295lb OT Kevin Coblentz out of St John Bosco will be hard to hold on to but if they can, he will be a cornerstone who should be an anchor on their line during his tenure. Their newest commit, CB Jaden Dedman could do the same on the defensive side of the ball.
New Mexico: Both of their commits are on the offensive line, which is a good start being a running based team. 6’5 320lb OG Chris Elam will be a force creating holes. Look for them to find a quality RB or two as they can offer them big stats.
San Diego State: While it’s early, they are toping the conference in total commits and best team rankings. Year in and out, they recruit quality players who fit their system and this year is no different. They secured a commit in 4 star ATH JR Justice and he could become one of the more talented players in the MWC if they end up signing him. With a majority of 3 stars on both sides of the ball, they aren’t showing in signs of slowing down. Again, check out an earlier article for much more detail.
San Jose State: Currently, their lone commit is OG Jaime Navarro. He’s a local player out of California. Although they don't pull in the highest ranked classes, they have a wealth of high school talent in their state and it is not out of the question they will be able to land one or two of them.
UNLV: While Coach Sanchez keeps trying to build his Bishop Gorman pipeline, most of their current commits are from TX and AZ. They have two QB commits in PRO Griffin O’Connor and DUAL Stacy Conner, as well as huge DT Chris Manoa, giving them a talented trio to build off of.
Utah State: Some down years have carried over into recruiting as they are off to a slow start. Their two commits OL Moroni Iniguez out of JUCO and QB Andrew Peasley. With the talent that comes out of Utah, they should pick up some quality talent over the year.
Wyoming: The Cowboys have three commits as of now, headlined by WR Gunner Gentry a huge target at 6’3 200lbs. Recruiting fairly locally at the moment, with 2 players from Colorado and 1 from Wyoming, Bohl and his staff have shown they can find under the radar players who fit their system and excel once they take the field. Expect more of the same before February comes.
- Boise State has offered: DE Mosiah Liu, DE Tava Finau, DT Keeghan Freeborn
- OL Noel Ofori-Nyadu (who holds MWC offers) received an offer from UConn.
- LB Case Gatlin was offered by New Mexico
- OT Braeden Daniels was offered by SDSU
- SJSU offered 2019 RB Taron Madison
- Utah State offered JUCO DB Elmore Hempstead
- RB Chuck Wick visited New Mexico
- RB Zidane Thomas visited Boise State
- LB Uluaki Katoanga is scheduled to visit Wazzu, Boise State, and SJSU this week. Also plans to visit UNLV at some point.
- 2019 QB Hank Bachmeier is visiting Boise State Monday
- JUCO RB Greg Bell will be visiting Boise State July 24th
- DE Demitri Washington will be visiting Boise State July 25th