It’s another week of the Mountain West Recruiting Roundup.
Recruiting is heating up in the conference. Official visitors are back and many teams are hosting visitors. Although as we discussed last week, not every team in the Mountain West prefers to host OVs during the football season. Regardless, having recruits get on campus to see a game, meet the coaches, and players, and get a feel for the program plays a big role in a recruits college decision. So don’t be surprised in official visitors soon turn into verbal commitments shortly after their visits.
This week, there were not many new offers, with only five going out. However, expect that to change over the new few weeks as film from recruits first four games starts to circulate on hudl. Boise State and UNLV hosted several official visitors this weekend, and Air Force is the first MW school to gain a commitment from a player in the class of 2025. Through all of that, the Rebels seemed to have the best week and are featured on the cover photo.
Class of 2024 Cover Photo Total:
- UNLV: 6
- San Diego State: 5
- Air Force: 4
- Boise State: 3
- Fresno State: 3
- Nevada: 3
- Colorado State: 1
- Hawaii: 1
- San Jose State: 1
- Utah State: 1
From September 1st until the last week of November, we are in an evaluation period. During this time, official visits can happen on campus and coaches can watch recruits play in person during their high school seasons.
RECRUITs: The 2023-2024 FBS Recruiting Calendar has just been released! Make sure to keep a copy of this calendar handy to stay informed about school visits and when coaches will be on the road.#Recruiting101 pic.twitter.com/bEMvb3hR8s— Coach J.R. Sandlin (@JR_Sandlin) July 27, 2023
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: 94
RB Dylan Riley (Boise State)
“This visit went good. It was great to see all of nice people there, and the community is very supportive about Boise State. The game day experience was cool; everybody in the city showed up pretty much. The coaches were chill and I can tell they wanted the best for all the football players for sure. And the players they all bond together well they were cool people.
QB Karson Gordon (UNLV)
“The visit was great. My third time on campus, and the energy is just as high every time. The offensive coaching staff and I are really tight right now, and it’s always good talking football and being with them. We took an awesome comeback win against Vanderbilt on Saturday and that just kicked off the whole weekend. The whole city was on fire after that and the vibes were just great all around. Then Saturday night we took a surprise helicopter ride over the Las Vegas strip and Allegiance Stadium. That experience was crazy and was a great memory for myself and all our commits on the OV with me.”
ATH Damien McDaniel (UNLV)
“My favorite part was when we went on the helicopter ride down the strip and around the stadium, and I was with Landon Rogers, so he showed me around a little bit! And the whole time I was at the game it was electric. I can’t wait to be a part of something like that. Me and the coaches talked about me coming in and being ready to play and what it will take for me to get there. And I love their play style, from the calls to the energy they bring. I just love it.”
2025 K Rhett Armstrong (Air Force)
“I have grown up super close to The Academy. The coaches really made me feel like I was at home and they really connected with me. They have a really good path for the career I want to pursue as well! My family has sponsored cadets since I was really young many of whom played football, so I’ve been around it. I committed early because I just know it’s the best place for me athletically, and it will set me up to be in a great place in life at the end of the day. Not many places can promise that these days. It really just comes down to when you know why wait.”
- DE Andre Porter was offered by UNLV
- LB Tanner Williams was offered by Utah State
- DB Tayten Beyer was offered by Utah State
- DB Dagan Myers was offered by Wyoming
- DL Chaz Barnett was offered by Wyoming
- RB Dylan Riley visited Boise State
- WR Cameron Bates visited Boise State
- QB Karson Gordon visited UNLV
- RB Greg Burrell visited UNLV
- ATH Damien McDaniel visited UNLV
- OL Mason Vicari visited UNLV
- OL Dyllan Drummond visited UNLV
- OL Toby Moore visited UNLV
- DB Tre’Jon Fulton visited UNLV
- 2025 K Rhett Armstrong committed to Air Force
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