Officially back out of the dead period and although recruiting isn’t moving at a neck-breaking pace, there are a number of updates with new offers and visits going on.
As you scan the recruiting updates below, you’ll see that schools are offering a number of players in the class of 2020. With schools only targeting a few remaining players or positions in the 2019 class, they can get an early start on next year, devoting time and energy into future efforts.
There were no big standouts this week, but New Mexico appeared to the busiest, so they’ll take the week on the lead photo.
For you visual learners, here is a calendar of what we explained in last week’s post, outlining what each day is from now until Signing Day.
RECRUITs: The DEAD Period is— Coach JR Sandlin (@JR_Sandlin) January 11, 2019
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The Contact Period starts back today. During a contact period, a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parent.
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DB Jadon Pearson (Air Force)
“What Air Force had to offer was something no other school could offer. An amazing degree, Playing in a very competitive conference and also being closer to home than any of the other schools that had offered me. It also helped that my father was in the Air Force as well so I had some family ties within the military, so it was definitely a school I was strongly considering from the start. I got offered by the Air Force Academy in May so from May to now I was able to build a relationship with my position coach and Coach Calhoun. They both spent a long time with me on my official visit just being very genuine and approachable. And my position coaches, Coach Vaughn and Coach Rud; they both broke down game film and put me in the free safety position and described in detail on how they would use me. I’ll be playing a roaming, sideline-to-sideline Free Safety.”
JUCO DE Joey Noble (New Mexico)
“I loved the campus and the atmosphere out there. It really felt like home and my family and I really thought it was a great opportunity for me. A plus is that I am a want and a need there and I know what it takes to win a championship going to Fullerton JC so I am definitely looking forward to a Mountain West Championship while I’m there. A good thing was they were recruiting me prior to junior college so in high school at Los Alamitos I had a relationship with them so going into this visit I already felt comfortable because I was already familiar with some of the coaching staff. One thing I really noticed about Coach Eggen is that he is very energetic in which I love. I was talking to him and he was saying he loves my work ethic and how much passion I have for the game. They plan on using me at the 5 tech and sometimes at the 3 tech so it’ll be a lot similar on what I did in junior college so that’ll be good. I want to come in and work hard. It does’t come easy, I still have to earn that spot.”
JUCO DE Noah McGregor (UNLV)
“I was there for my official visit at UNLV and the thing that really won me over was the culture and the feeling I got being Las Vegas. I also loved that I would be coming into a up in coming program. I want to come in and make an impact and make history. When I came in for the visit it just felt like home. The Coaches and players treated me like family. And of course there is always something to do in Vegas. It seems like there is never a dull moment in America’s playground. In the short time that I’ve been in contact with them they have been like fathers to me. And when I committed they were fired up! With two of the starting defensive ends graduating, the spot is open for me to come in and make an impact. Now they definitely aren’t giving me the spot but if I just trust the process and work hard. I feel I can come in and do some damage and start. Now scheme wise they said that they really want me at end speed rushing and using my long arms to hold up gaps in run plays.
JUCO DB Tobia Gilliam (Utah State)
“Really the time I spent with the coaches and players on the visit meant a lot. With the coaches, we just discussed expectations and bring consistent work ethic. They all want to keep the program moving forward and that’s something I wanted to be a part of as well. Campus spoke for itself, the mountains and all were beautiful. We didn’t talk too many specifics, but they plan to have me doing a variety of things in the secondary, using my versatility.”
- 2020 WR Matt Polk was offered by Air Force
- LB Gavin Potter was offered by Colorado State
- WR Dez Melton was offered by SDSU
- DE Zach VanValkenburg was offered by SJSU
- JUCO DE Noah McGregor was offered by New Mexico
- 2020 OL Tautaileua Li’o Marks was offered by New Mexico
- 2020 DE/TE Ender Aguilar was offered by New Mexico and UNLV
- OL Sonny Makasini was offered by Utah State
- DB Demarcus Griffin-Taylor was offered by Utah State
- 2020 ATH Caron Bruener was offered by Utah State
- RB JD Kolb visited Air Force
- LB Ekyious Sanders visited Air Force
- RB George Holani visited Boise State
- JUCO DE Noah McGregor visited UNLV
- Colorado State: Coach Gibson visited LB Tavian Brown
- DB Jadon Pearson committed to Air Force
- ATH Jacob Trach committed to Air Force
- JUCO DE Joey Noble committed to New Mexico
- JUCO DB Tobias Gilliam committed to Utah State
- JUCO DE Noah McGregor committed to UNLV
- ATH Dadrion Taylor decommitted from Utah State
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