Welcome to the sixth post in our twelve-part recruiting breakdown series. Today looks at the #6 team in our rankings, Air Force.
The Falcons never have a problem get the quantity when it comes to recruiting, but many years the quality is usually what is up for debate. With 95 recruits coming, it’s needless to say they meet all their positional needs. However, in this class, they were able to add a level of talent through a number of players that are on par with many of their conference peers. To see which recruits have helped raise the bar, read below.
- 95 recruits signed (17 recruits highlighted in this post). Brent Briggeman did all the heavy-lifting here.
- 7 offensive, 10 defensive
- 18 players listed at 3-stars by one of the major recruiting sites.
- Breakdown by state (per 247 page): Texas 16, California, 4, Colorado 4, Georgia 4, Arizona 2, Michigan 2, Nevada 2, Wisconsin 2, Connecticut 1, Florida 1, Hawaii 1, Illinois 1, Indiana 1, Kentucky 1, Louisiana 1, North Carolina 1, Washington 1, Oregon 1
- 106th in the 247 Composite Rankings
Note: I could not cover all 95 signed recruits in this breakdown. I picked 17 based on rating, position, and familiarity. I realize this leaves many promising young players off the list, and I’m sorry to the ones who couldn’t be included.
QB Jameson Wang
Jameson is the prototype for the recent Air Force quarterback mold. He is an extremely skilled runner who has a knack for throwing accurate deep balls. Wang’s tape shows he can throw it downfield with no issue, and that is where a lot of passes in the Falcon offense come from, just when the defense doesn’t expect it. He can scramble and run on designed plays, with solid vision as he goes downfield, blowing past defenders and changing directions easily. Jameson looks like he has the potential to be a future starter.
RB Nolan Carey
Nolan is an all-purpose type of back who should fit right into the Falcon system. He has incredible speed and can hit the open field very quickly. Carey is at his best getting outside of the tackles, and that’s precisely what he will be asked to do at the academy. He has a natural ability to change direction, which makes tackling him more difficult. It is not hard to imagine Nolan getting carries in a few years.
WR Cameron Everts
Cameron appears to be quite the talent. He is a big-play receiver who stretches the field from the outside of the slot with his speed. Everts has a nose for the endzone and gets there by running smooth routes, and his good footwork allows him to gain a step on the defense. He doesn’t show much blocking on film, but that will be something he will need to handle at the next level. Cameron’s home-run ability will serve him well in the Falcon offense.
WR Seth Meador
Seth is another solid receiver going to the academy. He is at his best running over the middle of the field, turning shorter routes into big plays. Meador possesses great hands, making difficult catches on the run and tracking the ball well in the air. He flies downfield with great straight-line speed, but is also quicker than most when changing directions. Seth is another who’s blocking skills will be tested in college but there aren’t many questions about his other skills.
OL Adam Karas
Adam is a tremendous looking o-line recruit. He fits the mold for what Air Force looks for in a player at that position. Karas is skilled at run-blocking, is able to get into the second level with his blocks, and has strength in his leaner frame. He also appears talented when it comes to pass-protection, which won’t come into play as much but still needed. It won’t take long before Adam is is on the two-deep for the Falcons.
OL Wesley Ndago
Wesley is one of the more talented o-line recruits in the conference. He can play any of the three interior spots and excel at them. Ndago is capable of pushing one, sometimes two defenders past the line of scrimmage and into the second level. He is used to pulling pretty often, and it’s clear that all running plays go through him as one of the main blockers. Wesley is a massive get for AFA and may be best utilized at left guard where he can help the most in their running attack.
OL Costen Cooley
Costen is another player coming to play on the offensive line. He is a physical presence along the interior who bursts out of his stance and exerts a great deal of power into his blocks. Cooley often hits his first block with such great force that he can immediately go into a second block, creating a big hole for a running back. On film, he appears to have good awareness and a high level of intelligence on the field. Costen may be best suited for center, where he can lead the line and put his football IQ to good use.
DL Antonio Johnson
Antonio should boost the future Falcon defensive line. His tape shows a player much more talented than his competition. Johnson excels at bull-rush techniques where his strength was able to shine. He seemingly is able to run right through blockers to make a play, especially against the run. Antonio can play anywhere on the line for Air Force, but looks most comfortable at a three or five-technique spot.
DE Sam Petersen
Sam has been one of the most enthusiastic Falcon commits from day one. He is a very disruptive player on the edge, coming at full speed against offensive tackles and getting to the quarterback with regularity. Petersen has a high motor, which allows him to win his matchups and get in position to make a play in the run or passing game. He had enough size and strength to play offense in high school as well. Sam has a chance to be an overachiever and have a good career in college.
DE Blake Burris
Blake is one of the best recruits in this entire class for Air Force, which is saying something considering they secured just under one hundred. He is powerful, with a rusher’s build and good speed to boot. Burris has a variety of rushing moves to get by offensive linemen and seems to have an advanced understanding of what situation to use which one. He looks to be a complete player with his ability to get in the thick of things to stop the run as well. It won’t be long before Blake develops into one of the best players in this defense.
DE Olawale Familoni
Olawale is an intriguing projectable player in this class. He has the build of a classic pass-rusher; tall, slender, fast, and sneaky strength. Familoni does a good job not over-pursuing, and he stays low and ready to make the play. He was simply too much for his high school competition, and that allowed him to develop his skills, which he displays on tape. Olawale may need to get stronger before he can sustain the same success at the college level, but he is certainly capable.
LB Alex Morrison
Alex looks like a great fit at middle linebacker. He is a run-stopping machine, squaring up on his tackles and loading his lower body into every hit. Morrison has the modern MIKE LB build, strong and lean, so he has enough speed to roam from sideline to sideline. He takes excellent angles to the ball, and that allows him to tackle with textbook technique. Alex shows a lot of potential, and in a few years, it should come to fruition.
LB Alec Mock
Alec is another linebacker in this class. He too is used to playing in the middle of the field. With Mock, he is more skilled at playing in pass coverage, although he has little issue in the run game. He does a good job keeping his eyes on the quarterback and shifts into position to be around the ball when it gets thrown in the air. Alec has good closing speed, and that bodes well for his future in college.
LB Osaro Aihie
Osaro was a two-way player in high school who will be moving to defense full-time at the academy. His time as a running back should allow him to identify and have knowledge of offensive running schemes. Aihie is a physical tackler who sheds blocks easily and doesn’t let go of receivers when tackling them over the middle of the field. He is strong and has near-ideal size for a weak-side type of linebacker. Osaro may need more time to develop but will add a lot to future defenses.
DB Jalen Hodo
Jalen is a talented athlete entering the secondary in this class. He profiles best as a high safety due to his ability to cover a big part of the field and his coverage skills. Hodo sees the entire field well during plays and tracks the ball skillfully through the air. He also has the potential to make an impact in the return game. Jalen and his skills will do well in college, and he will end up a multi-year starter if all goes according to plan.
DB Lincoln Tuioti-Mariner
Lincoln is another key player for the Falcons in this class. He shines in coverage, guarding receivers and tight ends alike, capable of being in the slot or over the top as a safety. Tuioti-Mariner looks at his best on film playing high coverage and then flying up to make a play on underneath routes. He has great closing speed, and great form making a tackle. Lincoln will be a significant defender during his time at Air Force.
DB Kaiser Cambra-Cho
Kaiser is a rangy athlete who makes his home in the back of a defense. He has a smooth backpedal and keeps his eyes on the flight of the ball while going up to make a play. Cambra-Cho does a good job keeping the ball in front of him, which allows him to be in position to tackle or get a hand on the ball. He is a vicious tackler in space and puts his whole body into a hit. Kaiser looks like another good athlete joining the ranks in this class.
Mike: Burris, Ndago, Karas, Tuioti-Mariner
Talented enough to play right away:
Mike: Burris, Ndago, Karas, Tuioti-Mariner
Mike: Offensive Line
As stated above, this isn’t a run of the mill Air Force class just is built solely on class size. There are at least four players that could play at almost any other Mountain West school, and they figure to be multi-year starters with the Falcons before all is said and done. Of course, the depth is present too, with every position having at least two to three players who can come in and fill out the ranks. Some of these recruits look like a natural fit within the Falcon schemes, which is always the most important thing when looking at Air Force recruiting classes. Overall, there’s a lot to like here.
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