It’s another week of the MWC Recruiting Roundup.
Recruiting was in full force the month of June and continues into the first weekend of July. Even though visits will be on hold for the time being, commits have not slowed down in the summer dead period and offers are still being handed out, even if they aren’t quite at the same pace as before.
Six of the twelve teams handed out an offer, although there were only seven total offers this week. On the commitment front, 28 players found new homes in the Mountain West among 9 teams, by far the biggest MWC commit week in the 2022 cycle. A number of teams had big recruiting weeks. Colorado State, San Jose State, and Utah State each collected a pair of commits. Boise State added three and Nevada eclipsed that with four new verbal pledges. However, Air Force blew them all out of the water with twelve new commits this week. Although recruiting for the Falcons looks different than other teams, twelve is a big week, no matter what the standards are. They take their third week on the banner.
Class of 2021 Cover Photo Total:
- Utah State: 6
- Air Force: 3
- Boise State: 3
- New Mexico: 3
- Colorado State: 1
- Fresno State: 1
- UNLV: 1
- Wyoming: 1
We are not in a dead period. After this past year, everyone should be familiar with what a dead period is. There is no in-person contact permitted between coaches and recruits, either on-campus or off-campus.
Coming up on June 28th, yet another dead period will begin, just not nearly as long this time. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the NCAA recruiting calendar now that it's back on track. pic.twitter.com/iUyO7xSs2l— Andrew Morgan (@AJMorganWrites) June 26, 2021
Air Force Commitment Tracker:
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: 27
July Team Recruiting Rankings:
For comparison’s sake, take a look at the June rankings.
Disclaimer: These rankings are not a projection of what will happen, but a snapshot of where things stand now.
1) Boise State: The top of their class is great. The bottom of the class is up for debate. Some of the best commits in the MWC are in this Bronco class.
2) Utah State: They have been recruiting early and often, which is a smart strategy for a team with a new coach. The Aggies have more commits than anyone not named Air Force.
3) Fresno State: The Bulldog class is small but contains some talented players. They continue to recruit very well under Coach DeBoer.
4) Nevada: Similar to Fresno State, the Wolf Pack is quietly accumulating solid talent on the recruiting trail. Keep an eye on them, as they could go in either direction from now until February.
5) Colorado State: The Rams are flying under the radar a bit but find themselves firmly in the top half of the conference at this point.
6) Air Force: The Falcons are doing their thing, collecting as many recruits as possible. Thus far that’ puts them here.
7) San Jose State: The Spartans are off to a good start and trending upward. They are adding talent at key spots and continuing the recruiting pattern they have shown under Coach Brennan.
8) UNLV: The Rebels only have two recruits in their class so far, but are making the two they have count.
9) San Diego State: The Aztecs are off to a slower start compared to how they finished last year, but for now rank as the top of the bottom of the conference.
10) Wyoming: The Cowboys are finding the style of players they normally do in the states they normally recruit. Lather, rinse, and repeat so far.
11) New Mexico: The Lobos seem to still be finding their way in this class. A glance at their commitment list seems like they are mining for talent and mining can take time.
12) Hawaii: With no commits, the Bows have nowhere to be but last.
A lot changed over the month of June, mainly because recruiting and visits were in full swing, drastically increasing the number of commitments. Now, every team except Hawaii has a 2022 commit, which means the rankings are finally more flushed out and some separation has started to occur.
As many of you may know by now, I like to also break lists like these down into tiers. Tiers can be helpful to provide a different angle to look at things. If one made an argument for flipping some of the spots on this list but kept them within the same tier, I wouldn’t put up much of a debate.
Tier 1: Boise State, Utah State
Tier 2: Fresno State, Nevada, Colorado State
Tier 3: Air Force, San Jose State
Tier 4: UNLV, San Diego State
Tier 5: Wyoming, New Mexico
Tier 6: Hawaii
OL Luke Sudul (Air Force)
“Personally I knew Air Force was the right fit from the beginning. I have wanted to be a pilot and serve my country since I was a kid. Eventually my dreams began to evolve to include being a high level college football player, and Air Force provides a really unique opportunity to include all these aspects of my dreams. I still wasn’t 100% sure until I visited campus. The facilities and atmosphere far exceeded my expectations and I felt at home immediately. The coaching staff was incredibly welcoming and I knew that there was no other place in the country that could prepare me for the future as well as Air Force, while also providing me with ample opportunities to play high level football and pursue chances to play at the next level.”
OL Trevor Tate (Air Force)
“The Air Force academy was an easy choice for me. With many uncles that went to the naval academy and my father playing football at the Air Force Academy, I knew I wanted to serve my country! The decision came down to what was best for me. The Air Force Academy has a tremendous coaching staff and facility’s. You can’t beat the scenery of all the mountains and beautiful veiws. I’m excited to do something that will push me to be successful and to meet so many new people! Couldn’t of been an easier decision to commit to the Air Force Academy.”
OL Jace Sutulovich (Air Force)
“For me it’s was a dream when I was younger to attend the Air Force Academy. And when the opportunity for me to make that dream a reality came along, I couldn’t pass it up. The academic, as well as athletic opportunities, are hard to beat for any institution. And on top of that the facilities and the Colorado Springs area is absolutely beautiful. The opportunity to serve my country while also achieving a number of personal goals was also a big part of my decision. Another appealing factor for me is the run-heavy style of the Air Force Offense I will be playing in.I feel absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to play at the Air Force Academy.”
WR Zamondre Merriweather (Boise State)
“I chose Boise State because I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and they established a relationship with my family really quickly. It’s not too far so my parents and family can come out and see the games. I feel like I fit in well with the offense they have. Me and all the coaches always have family facetimes. The coaches like my ability to catch the ball at the highest point.They like my size and my speed. They think i’ll be a good fit because i can be used as a deep threat. I agree with them.
QB Anthony Arnou (Fresno State)
“I chose Fresno State because their system will allow me to grow into the best quarterback and teammate that I can become. My relationship with the coaches is great. I’m excited to apply their coaching to my game and prove my abilities. They’re getting a consistent guy who can push the ball down the field to our athletes.”
TE Jordan Morris (San Diego State)
“I chose San Diego Statr for many reasons. Their campus was amazing, their facilities were top notch, and the San Diego area was just beautiful. Most importantly, the coaches were very honest and seemed very experienced, and overall just good people. During my visit to SDSU, I was able to watch some film and I got to see firsthand how they use their tight ends. I think I’ll be a great fit for their program and I’m super excited to get to work with these guys
OL Jake Steele (San Jose State)
“First of all they had the major I wanted as my undergrad. When I took a facility tour given by Coach Oglesby and Coach Zo, I felt like I fit right in. The culture of the program also fit me very well. If Coach Oglesby had one thing to say about what he loved about the program it was the brotherhood and friendship among the offensive lineman. This was something that I noticed without him even having to tell me. The program itself is also growing a lot and I think I’ll have a very successful future there.”
OL James Aloisio (Utah State)
“I chose Utah State because once I went on my unofficial visit I could just feel the love from all the coaches especially Coach Tialeva and Coach Micah James. Once I was Offered at the Big Man camp I knew where my home was gonna be for the next 5 years. Also love the way the new coaching staff is really accepting, especially in the religious perspective they accept everyone and understand where you’re coming from. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to be apart of this great family.”
- DE Jareb Ramos was offered by Colorado State
- DB Kona Moore was offered by Hawaii
- 2023 LB Logan Brantley was offered by Nevada
- DB Ahmaad Moses was offered by SDSU
- OL Nathan Elu was offered by UNLV
- JUCO WR Jeffrey Weimer was offered by UNLV
- LB Paul Fitzgerald was offered by Utah State
- OL Luke Sudul committed to Air Force
- OL Carson Williams committed to Air Force
- OL Rudy Varela committed to Air Force
- OL Trevor Tate committed to Air Force
- OL Jace Sutulovich committed to Air Force
- DB Michael Jordan committed to Air Force
- RB Jamar Price committed to Air Force
- LB Tyler Stevens committed to Air Force
- OL Giuseppe Gottfried committed to Air Force
- OL Jayson Montgomery-Scott committed to Air Force
- DL Beau Edwards committed to Air Force
- DB KJ Truehill committed to Air Force
- WR Zamondre Merriweather committed to Boise State
- LB Jayden Virgin committed to Boise State
- OL Hall Schmidt committed to Boise State
- OL Nick Ciaffoni committed to Colorado State
- TE Jade Arroyo committed to Colorado State
- QB Anthony Arnou committed to Fresno State
- RB Christopher Smalley committed to Nevada
- RB Cameron Sampson committed to Nevada
- DB Eric Butler committed to Nevada
- LB Stone Combs committed to Nevada
- TE Jordan Morris committed to SDSU
- LB Damonie Perkins committed to SJSU
- OL Jake Steele committed to SJSU
- OL James Aloisio committed to Utah State
- OL Weylin Lapuaho committed to Utah State
- DB Koa Mcintyre committed to Wyoming
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