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Mountain West Recruiting Roundup 12-4-23. December Team Recruiting Rankings

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It’s another week of the Mountain West Recruiting Roundup.

Welcome to the most hectic recruiting period of the year, the December contact period. Coaches will be on the road visiting players at home and in schools during the week, and then hosting players on official visits on the weekend. Plus, the transfer portal will open tomorrow. Expect there to be tons of new offers, in-home visits, and official visits, plus commitments.

This week, there were a number of visits and new commits. Colorado State, UNLV, and Wyoming each had one, while Utah State got four this week, although only one has revealed themselves at this point. Regardless, the Aggies take the cover photo this time around.

Class of 2024 Cover Photo Total:

  • San Diego State: 7
  • UNLV: 6
  • Air Force: 5
  • Boise State: 4
  • Fresno State: 4
  • Nevada: 3
  • Utah State: 3
  • Colorado State: 2
  • San Jose State: 2
  • Wyoming: 2
  • Hawaii: 1

Recruiting Calendar:

From December 1st until the 16th we are in a contact period. During this time, official visits can happen on campus and coaches can have in-home or in-school visits with players.

Next College Student Athlete defines it as:

The NCAA Contact Period is exactly what it sounds like—all communication between athletes and coaches is fair game. Coaches can email, text, call, direct message and generally contact athletes and their parents through any NCAA-approved method. In-person contact can occur on the college campus, as well as at tournaments, at the recruit’s school and home. In other words, the communication floodgates are open, so take advantage of this opportunity to get unlimited access to talk to coaches.

Air Force Commitment Tracker:

Since the Air Force Academy regularly has by far the most commits among Mountain West recruiting classes, it’s fun to track them over the course of the year.

Number of Falcon verbal commits: 96

Visit Recap:

OL Brycen Lotz (Wyoming)

“It was a really fun visit. The hotel was decked out in Wyoming graphics and such. Had a lot of good talks with Coach P and Tripodi. I made lots of new friends with the commits and really enjoyed hanging out with the team! It was nice finally meeting the guys. We have a group chat for all the commits so we already kinda know each other.”

DL Garrett Combs (Wyoming)

“The environment was amazing felt like home the hospitality by coaches and the guys on the team. Coach Giles and I talked about my future as a cowboy and how I have an opportunity to succeed and be a weapon in the Mountain West. What excites me the most about being a Cowboy is the way everyone treats you like family and also the style of defense that is played and how they can compete with power 5 schools. GoPokes.”

Commitment Spotlight:

DB Chance Harrison (Colorado State)

“The coaching staff are amazing, and they have never given up on me. They were always showing love to me. All the coaches and head coach, it’s been great.”

JUCO DB Terrell Taylor (Utah State)

“Some reasons why I chose Utah State is because I felt a bond and connection with the coaches that made me feel comfortable enough to commit. Also the team is very tight like a family and I wanted a place that felt like home away from home for me. Everything just felt so genuine and i know I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to be an Aggie. Also the school is close enough for my family to be able to attend the games. Those are some of the main reasons why I committed.”

December Team Recruiting Rankings:

Now that we are over halfway through the recruiting cycle, the rankings are beginning to take shape. Here are the November rankings for comparison.

1. UNLV

2. Boise State

3. Colorado State

4. San Diego State

5. Fresno State

6. San Jose State

7. Wyoming

8. Hawaii

9. Nevada

10. Air Force

11. Utah State

12. New Mexico

Tier Rankings:

As many of you may know by now, I also like to break lists like these down into tiers. Tiers can be helpful in providing 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: UNLV, Boise State

Tier 1A: Colorado State

Tier 2: San Diego State

Tier 3: Fresno State, San Jose State

Tier 4: Wyoming, Hawaii

Tier 5: Nevada, Utah State

Tier 6: Air Force

Tier 7: New Mexico

Recruiting Updates:

Offers:

  • 2026 OL/DL Kannon Smith was offered by Colorado State
  • 2027 LB Isaiah Phelps was offered by Colorado State
  • 2027 OL Reis Russell was offered by Colorado State
  • JUCO Edge Odera Okaka was offered by Fresno State
  • Transfer OL DJ Wingfield was offered by Fresno State
  • Transfer WR Elijah Metcalf was offered by Fresno State
  • JUCO RB Christian Vaughn was offered by Hawaii
  • Transfer OL Jordan Moko was offered by Hawaii
  • 2025 DB Aisiah Paogofie was offered by Hawaii
  • 2025 RB/LB Mana Tuioti was offered by Hawaii
  • JUCO K/P Guy Gillespie was offered by Nevada
  • Transfer OL Tyler Chen was offered by Nevada
  • Transfer TE Dominick Mazotti was offered by Nevada and SDSU
  • 2026 WR Jude Nelson was offered by Nevada
  • 2026 QB Jayden Nicholas was offered by SJSU

Visits:

  • LB Adrian Onyiego visited Wyoming
  • OL Brycen Lotz visited Wyoming
  • DL Garrett Combs visited Wyoming
  • DE Alex Haswell visited Wyoming

Commits:

  • DB Chance Harrison committed to Colorado State
  • 2025 QB Garrett Odom committed to UNLV
  • Transfer DB Jadon Pearson committed to Utah State
  • JUCO EDGE Marlin Dean committed to Utah State
  • Transfer QB Spencer Petras committed to Utah State
  • JUCO DB Terrell Taylor committed to Utah State
  • WR Trey Olsen committed to Wyoming

Decommits

  • QB Arrington Watkins decommitted from Air Force
  • QB Antonio Scott decommitted from Air Force
  • WR Gatlin Bair decommitted from Boise State

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