The football season is behind us, and we are inching closer to March Madness and the start of spring football. This past week saw another important day in the football calendar, signing day. With the early signing day in December, the February version has lost some of its luster, but there is still plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at how the six teams in the Mountain Division recruited.
It is hard to believe that based on average, this is one of the top classes Boise State has ever landed, considering there isn’t a lot of star power. The Broncos have signed a small class to this point, but they are one of just a handful of Mountain West schools that are bringing back a lot of seniors and going above the scholarship limit. The Broncos signed only 16 high school players but still have some room. There are some high three-star talents the Broncos could make room for, but I expect them to use the rest of their scholarships on transfers. Eric McAllister and Jai Jones are getting a lot of the publicity, but Rejahn Tatum is a special talent at linebacker and has the size to see immediate playing time.
I’m not even going to attempt to evaluate every member of this Air Force class. We know they signed somewhere near 100 recruits and many will never see the field, but this class seems a little stronger than classes of years past. If Marceese Yetts makes it to Colorado Springs, watch out! He is a special talent at running back. He also played with a five-star running back that just committed to Oklahoma. I like this class and think they will fit in nicely to Calhoun’s system.
After seeing the way Bobo recruited, it is hard not to be a little disappointed with a sixth place finish in the Mountain West. Addazio’s first full year of recruiting was a bit underwhelming, but here are a few nice recruits. Keep an eye on Tyler Quinn. The big defensive tackle from Texas has the ability and skill set to play right away.
I had high hopes for the Lobos new coaching staff; they landed some really impressive recruits late in the 2020 signing period. This year, they signed one of the biggest classes in the Mountain West and barely cracked the top 10 in the conference. My favorite recruit in their class is running back Aaron Dumas. His downhill style will fit the style of play that the Lobos are looking to establish. But, they needed a stronger class in the trenches.
Wyoming is always a difficult class to evaluate. Coach Bohl does an excellent job of finding some diamonds in the rough. But it is fair to question whether or not Bohl can break through to the next level of being a perennial bowl team. I will say this, Jordon Vaughn is one of the most talented recruits Bohl has landed since coming to Laramie. But there just isn’t a lot of substance in this class. Maybe the Cowboys will end up being players in the grad transfer market.
Look, I think Blake Anderson was a great hire and will do a nice job at Utah State, but they made absolutely no effort to recruit the high school ranks and didn’t exactly land highly ranked recruits. I do like Tupou Maile, the nephew of former defensive coordinator Frank Maile. Tupou is going to be a really nice player on the defensive line and has the potential to see some snaps as a true freshman.
That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” Next week, we will be taking a peek at the recruiting classes of the West Division.