We are more than halfway through summer and recruiting is in the swing of things. Schools generally want to have their classes at least half completed before the start of fall camp. Some teams have put a significant dent in their class (Boise State and Utah State), while others are just getting started (Wyoming). Let’s evaluate how each school in the Mountain Division is recruiting thus far.
Andy Avalos has hit the ground running on his first recruiting class. The recent commitment of Mason Graham at defensive tackle is going to be a major area of need in a few years, and Kaeo Akana has the making of the next great edge rusher for the Broncos. Boise State has addressed some needs at edge, defensive tackle, and wide receiver. Losing Katin Houser to Michigan State was a big blow, but the Broncos are set at quarterback for the next few seasons. Keep an eye on the running back position where Boise State will look to add someone who can contribute immediately.
At the time of this writing, the Aggies already had 15 commitments, by far the largest in the Mountain West. Blake Anderson has focused on keeping kids from Utah with 9 of the 15 commitments coming from in-state athletes. Offensive tackle James Aloisio is the headliner of the class thus far. While the class is off to a nice start, the Aggies still have a ways to go to catch up with Boise State.
Danny Gonzales has placed an emphasis on Texas with this class with the majority of his commitments coming from the Lone Star State. I like what Gonzales has done so far and I think he has the Lobos trending in the right direction, but this class is off to an underwhelming start.
The one thing Mike Bobo did well was recruit. It never led to the results on the field that Rams fans had hoped for, but the talent was always there. Addazio has not recruited to the same level. Rams fans should be concerned, but Addazio still has time and has landed a nice running back commitment from Malachi Medlock out of Texas.
Craig Bohl loves big quarterbacks, and he seems to land one every recruiting class. Quarterback Caden Becker headlines the class to this point. But with only four total commitments to date, the Cowboys still have a ways to go on the recruiting trail.
It is nearly impossible to evaluate the Falcons on the recruiting front. They have far and away the biggest class each year, and unless you closely follow the school, you usually don’t know the entire recruiting class until they show up on their roster. Sorry Falcon fans; I didn’t want to give you an unfair grade.
How is your school stacking up in recruiting to this point? Stay tuned next week, as we will take a look at the recruiting classes for each school in the West Division.