What’s that? You expected only links to football signing day articles? Well it can’t be, because former New Mexico Athletic Director Paul Krebs is in a lot of trouble stemming from a golf fundraising trip in 2015. The Attorney General’s’ office filed a criminal complaint on Wednesday charging Krebs with fraud, money laundering, evidence tampering, criminal solicitation and making or permitting false public voucher. Yikes! Now back to recruiting.
Nick Rolovich and staff provided several unexpected surprises on signing day, keeping a low profile in recent weeks to fend off the any other potential suitors, but it was a mostly-expected commitment from signing from Vancouver, Washington Lincoln Victor that caught the eye. With an 85 rating from 247, he immediately becomes Hawaii’s top-rated recruit and one of the better 2019 Mountain West signees.
As evidenced by our friend Bill Connelly, the Mountain West champs have quite a hill to climb in 2019 due to attrition. The Bulldogs took a step to remedying that by signing several players on Wednesday. One of those players was Peyton Dixon from Bishop Manogue in Reno, Nevada. Tedford and company reached into Mountain West territory to find a solid running back that should balance out the veteran heavy unit.
Air Force lands recruits over Alabama and other powers in its most talent-rich class in recent memory
Due to their incredibly difficult academic standards, Air Force isn’t known as a recruiting force in the Mountain West. This cycle, however, provides what might be a game-changing class for Troy Calhoun’s program. Tight end recruit Kyle Patterson once held offers from the likes of Washington and Alabama. Yes, yes, the tired caveats apply. Developing these players matters, and a recruiting class doesn’t make its real impact for 2-3 years, but still. This is a great step forward for an Air Force football that has quietly finished in the cellar of the Mountain West two straight seasons.
Much has been made of Boise State’s 2019 recruiting class, and it still found a way to improve on Wednesday, highlighted by the addition of Bingham (Utah) linebacker Lolani Langi. Head Coach Bryan Harsin likened recruiting to dating and marriage and boy did things get weird. Boise State’s recruiting class finished in the Top 50 on 247, which is unheard of for a Group of 5 program.
On the Horizon:
Thursday: Please be sure to check out our look at the Boise State offensive line and tight end groups, and most of all: our annual Top 10 Mountain West recruits article. Plus, another edition of Stats Corner.
Friday: The sure-to-be-hotly-debated 2019 MWC All-Recruits team article comes out.