Football recruiting: an early look at the incoming class of 2012
Tomorrow is the first Wednesday in February, which means it’s National Signing Day for football, the first day high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent and commit to a school. EMU is usually pretty good about putting out an announcement in the afternoon summarizing the day’s activity, but I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at where Ron English stands with verbal commitments. (Hint: things are looking good!)
|Mike Brown||DT||6-3||294||**||– (OL)|
|Kirkland Bryant||CB||5-11||165||**||– (DB)|
|Amos Houston||OLB||6-3||206||**||*** (ATH)|
|Kyle Hughes||WR||5-9||160||– (**)||– (**) (ATH)||* (ATH)|
|Jake Hurcombe||C||6-3||270||**||** (OL)||** (OG)|
|Hunter Matt||OLB||6-1||206||**||** (LB)||** (ILB)|
|Matthew Thornton||OT||6-5||300||***||– (**) (OL)||**|
|Anthony Zappone||MLB||6-2||222||**||– (LB)||**|
Scout seems to have had the best information on EMU recruits this year, so where there is a discrepancy (position, height, and weight) I’ve gone with Scout first and Rivals second, though position discrepancies are noted in parentheses. A dash indicates that the service doesn’t list that commitment for EMU.
As of right now, I see 22 commitments for EMU, which is nearly a full class, though there’s still room for a few more recruits. Of those 22, only two are junior college transfers (Travis Linser and Cy Maughmer), and it’s probably no coincidence that they’ll both play on the defensive line, which is losing some key players to graduation.
Two recruits (Quincy Jones and Juwan Lewis) were awarded three stars by two services each, and altogether eight players (Jones and Lewis, plus Amos Houston, Travis Linser, Cy Maughmer, Christian Menet, Darien Terrell, and Matthew Thornton) were rated as three-star recruits by at least one service.
By position, this class includes 6 defensive linemen, 2 defensive backs, 3 wide receivers, 2 tight ends, 3 linebackers, 4 offensive linemen, and 2 running backs. Depending on which services you believe, 2 of those defensive linemen might be destined for the offensive line, one defensive back might be a wide receiver, and one running back might be a defensive back. The Eagles are getting to the point in rebuilding where we may not see much impact from this class until 2014, which is exactly the way things should be, and this class sets things up for EMU to have a dominating running game for years to come. There aren’t many holes in this class — ideally I’d like to see EMU add at least one more defensive back to that list — but I do think it’s probably important to bring in a quarterback, if for no other reason that to have some depth in 2013 and beyond.