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MWC Recruiting Roundup 8-9-21. Hear from recent commits about their decisions.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Colorado State at San Diego State Photo by Justin Fine/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s another week of the MWC Recruiting Roundup.

If you like new commits, then this week is for you.

While August continues to be one of the slower months in the recruiting calendar, this week was busy. There were barely any offers (five) and two of them were for 2023 recruits. On the other hand, there were a plethora of commits, with twelve recruits announcing their verbal pledge. A number of schools had good weeks, with Boise State and Colorado State both landing two commits each. Utah State secured three of their own, while Air Force, Nevada and Wyoming all picked up pledges as well. However, San Diego State appeared to have the best week, adding two new commits with one being a great get, so they get a turn for the cover photo.

Class of 2021 Cover Photo Total:

  • Utah State: 6
  • Air Force: 4
  • Boise State: 3
  • New Mexico: 3
  • San Diego State: 2
  • Colorado State: 1
  • Fresno State: 1
  • Hawaii: 1
  • San Jose State: 1
  • UNLV: 1
  • Wyoming: 1

Recruiting Calendar:

We are currently in a dead period for the month of August. 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.

Also, August 1st is the first day schools can send official (written) offers to players. If you see recruits tweeting official offers from schools they have already announced offers from or even committed to, this is why. Also, sometimes a recruit who previously announced an offer from a team will not receive an official offer. Official offers will often show how serious teams still are about a player.

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: 36

Commitment Spotlight:

LB Gavin Hambrick (Boise State)

“I absolutely loved the coaches at Boise State!! Not only are the coaches amazing but the people out there are amazing as well!! They are all so caring and great people it felt like home right away!! Also of course the football is unbeatable, it would be dumb of me to not go there with all the pros.”

DB Dontay Johnson (Colorado State)

“The first reason is it’s close to home and also my family. Being close to the people I love the most was very important to me. Second, the atmosphere of the program. After spending some time at the facility, I felt comfortable and relaxed as if it was a second home. The third is the academics. CSU has a lot of classes and programs that’s will help me succeed in the future. The thing I’m most excited about is building relationships with the coaches, staff, and players at CSU.”

DE Ikemefuna NNakenyi (Nevada)

“The reason I chose the Wolf Pack out of all the other schools is that when I was out on my official visit I had a great feel of the winning family culture that they have over there. That’s the number thing that really stood out to me. Plus they have great coaches who are going to push me to be the best I can be every day off and on the field even on my worst days and my best days! And last, the scenery was made me choose the Wolf Pack because it’s a small college town and the town really embraces them very well so I feel like I can really focus on myself over without no distractions or anything.”

DB Eric Butler (Nevada)

“I chose Nevada because of the family atmosphere and I really enjoyed the coaching staff and the school itself. It was just a great fit for me. I’m excited to continue my football journey at the Division I level and I’m ready to get better every day and be the best player I can be.”

LB Max Alford (Utah State)

“ I chose Utah State ultimately because it was the coaching staff that I absolutely loved and it felt like family up there. I wanted to be a part of not necessarily going into a winning program but want to be a part of helping build a winning program and with also some of my friends committing there, the ‘22 recruiting class is going to be really talented with I think already 20 or so commits!! So I’m mainly excited to go there because of the area and how it’s a college town, the group of guys I’m going in with, being close to home, and what the coaching staff plans to do while I’m there!!”

Recruiting Updates:


  • DE Kaz Melzer was offered by Air Force
  • WR/DB Nathan Acevedo was offered by Fresno State
  • 2023 QB Daniel Andrade was offered by Nevada
  • WR/DB Joran Drew was offered by Utah State
  • 2023 WR/DB Delano Franklin was offered by UNLV


  • LB Elijah Manning committed to Air Force
  • LB Jake Ripp committed to Boise State
  • LB Gavin Hambrick committed to Boise State
  • WR Dorion McGarity committed to Colorado State
  • DB Dontay Johnson committed to Colorado State
  • DE Ikemefuna NNakenyi committed to Nevada
  • RB Sheldon Canley Jr committed to SDSU
  • DB Joshua Hunter committed to SDSU
  • LB Max Alford committed to Utah State
  • DE Paul Fitzgerald committed to Utah State
  • OL Isaac Hawkins committed to Utah State
  • DB Josh Dixon committed to Wyoming


  • DB Jomarion Briggs decommitted from Fresno State

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