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MWC Recruiting Roundup 11-23-20

A glance at Utah State recruiting.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Navy at Air Force Photo by Mat Gdowski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Another week, another recruiting roundup.

With the season in full swing and being in a state of an eternal dead period, expect recruiting to be pretty slow through at least the rest of November. Since on campus visits cannot occur, it makes sense for recruiting to be slow during the season.

This past week saw five new verbals in to the Mountain West (along with one player who didn’t get in last week’s post), with Air Force accounting for all of the commitments. Fresno State and San Jose State were active on the offer front, but it’s the Falcons who take the cover photo this week and extend their lead.

Class of 2021 Cover Photo Total:

  • Air Force: 8
  • New Mexico: 5
  • Boise State: 4
  • Colorado State: 4
  • Nevada: 3
  • San Diego State: 3
  • UNLV: 3
  • Fresno State: 2
  • SJSU: 2
  • Wyoming: 2
  • Hawaii: 1

Recruiting Calendar:

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 extended through March 2021.

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: 50

A Glance At Utah State Recruiting:

The Aggies are stuck in no man’s land with recruiting. With a newer coaching staff, recruiting had not quite picked up yet and now with Andersen being fired, recruits aren’t lining up to be a part of a class with an unknown coaching situation. With that in mind, it’s no surprise they have only 6 verbal commits, are 11th in the MWC and 128th in the country per 247 sports.

This class is pretty evenly divided between offense and defense and they are definitely staying local with 4 commits from Utah.

There isn’t a ton of top end talent so far, although Tupou Maile looks like he can develop into a nice pass-rusher. Likewise, DB Isaac Larsen has some potential and 6’6” Parker Buchanan is a very intriguing athlete due to his size.

Needless to say, there is a lot of work still to be done with this class with whatever coaching staff decides to take on this program. Mining the local talent for offensive lineman and linebackers would be smart, as well as taking some fliers out on under-recruited athletes who can be developed at the skill positions. This class is short everywhere and it’s unlikely they are going to find star-power late in the cycle by the time a new coaching staff comes in. Due to this, focusing on depth or development in this class may be a smart move.

Recruiting Updates:

Offers

  • DB Jalen Williams was offered by Fresno State
  • OL Eric Wilder was offered by Fresno State
  • 2022 TE/DE Zachary Courtney was offered by Fresno State
  • 2022 WR/DE Arlis Boardingham was offered by Fresno State
  • 2022 DB Croix Stewart was offered by Fresno State
  • 2022 OL/DL Mason Graham was offered by Fresno State
  • WR Trace Bruckler was offered by New Mexico
  • 2022 RB Lucky Sutton was offered by SDSU
  • 2022 DB/RB Damon Williams Jr was offered by SJSU
  • 2022 QB Jayden Max Denegal was offered by SJSU
  • 2023 DT Darren Hughes was offered by SJSU
  • QB Calvin Johnson was offered by UNLV
  • JUCO OL Cade Parrish was offered by UNLV
  • JUCO DE Nathan Latu was offered by UNLV
  • 2023 DB/WR Smith Snowden was offered by Utah State
  • 2024 QB Carson Su’esu’e was offered by Utah State

Commits

  • DB Jordan Little committed to Air Force (late last Sunday night so it wasn’t in last week’s edition)
  • RB Marceese Yetts committed to Air Force
  • LB Are’an Burr committed to Air Force
  • OL Michael McAninch committed to Air Force
  • OL Joseph (Cole) Morganstern committed to Air Force
  • OL Jackson Hohal committed to Air Force

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