Another week, another recruiting roundup.
One thing you may have noticed on Twitter this weekend was recruits tweeting about official offers. August 1st is the first day schools can give written or official offers. If you follow the recruiting of your favorite team closely, you may notice some verbal offers from the spring aren’t always backed up by official written offers. It’s a good time of year to see who are the high school athletes a team is actually recruiting strongly.
Another thing you may notice is a clear emphasis on the class of 2022 or beyond. In fact, only two offers this week was handed out to a recruit in the 2021 class. One of the reasons for this is that quite a few teams have secured most of their spots in their 2021 classes, so they can focus more attention on future classes. Another potential reason is with seniors being allowed to return for an extra year of eligibility, some teams may be taking smaller recruiting classes to balance their roster out. It is something to look for when following this recruiting cycle.
This past week saw only one new verbal in to the Mountain West, plus one recruiting announcement from a silent commit who had committed weeks prior. With a slow recruiting week, Wyoming’s verbal pledge and focus on 2021 offers allows them a week on the cover photo.
Class of 2021 Cover Photo Total:
- Air Force: 5
- New Mexico: 5
- Boise State: 4
- Colorado State: 4
- UNLV: 3
- San Diego State: 3
- Nevada: 2
- Fresno State: 2
- Hawaii: 1
- San Jose State: 1
- Wyoming: 1
The dead period is still alive. But based on what the NCAA is allowing, it seems more like a contact period to some degree, as coaches can have unlimited calls and video meetings during this time.
Update: The Dead Period has been extending through the end of the 2020.
Air Force Commitment Tracker:
Looks like it’s time to bring this back. Since the Air Force Academy regularly has around 100 commits in each class, it’s kind of fun to track them over the course of the year.
Number of Falcon verbal commits: 38
A Glance At Hawaii Recruiting:
Hawaii is a team in transition in numerous ways. That extends to recruiting as well. Under Nick Rolovich, their recruiting shifted from offering nearly every under the sun to being quite choosy to ensure players fit their unique scheme. Just two classes in to that, Rolovich left and Todd Graham comes in. The schemes change once again and recruiting will with it.
In the 2021 class, they currently have nine verbal commits, which puts them at 9th in the Mountain West per 247. They aren’t dominating the local talent scene, but they have landed two in the top twenty in this class. Among those two players is one of their top rated commits, defensive back Peter Manuma. The other is linebacker Josh Bertholotte. Quarterback Brayden Schager has the prototypical pocket-passer build and ability, and it appears they want to surround him with a pair of all-purpose backs in DQ James and Jordan Johnson.
Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done in this class. It’s completely devoid of wide receivers and offensive lineman at the moment. The defensive line has two DE commits but needs some size injected on the interior. They are in good shape at linebacker, but one is a JUCO player so another high schooler can’t hurt. Similarly with defensive back, it’s one of their stronger positions in this class but one or two more would round it off nicely.
- TE Garrison Grimes was offered by Air Force
- DB Ore Adeyi was offered by Boise State
- 2022 DE/TE Miles Bailey was offered by Fresno State
- 2023 DL Ashton Sanders was offered by Fresno State
- WR Josh Nicholson was offered by SDSU
- 2022 DE/TE Miles Bailey was offered by SJSU
- WR Jaylen Sargent was offered by Utah State
- DE Will Evans was offered by Wyoming
- OL Ryan Stewart was offered by Wyoming
- DE Jelin Samuels was offered by Wyoming
- WR Drew Biber was offered by Wyoming
- DB Seyi Oladipo announced his commitment to Boise State
- DB Andrew Johnson committed to Wyoming
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