This recruiting cycle has gotten off to a hotstart, and we’re here to provide you an update on the future signal callers of your favorite Mid-American Conference football program. In years past, the MAC has done a rather respectable job of reeling in talent at the position, some recruits being more highly touted than others. This year is no different in that regard.
Ball State-John Paddock
John Paddock’s film is eerily similar to Riley Neal’s. Paddock is a pure pocket passer who has the ability to make passes with ease. Although 247Sports rates him as a 3-star recruit, he went pretty under-the-radar as his only other reported offer is from Southern Illinois. This is something that could work in Ball State’s favor as Paddock seems to be a near perfect fit in this system and the starting job could be his to lose his second year on campus once Neal graduates.
In a recent conversation with MAC Prospectus, Paddock went into a little more detail about his decision.
“When first talking with the staff, the type of QB they wanted to recruit…fit me perfectly. They wanted a passer and accurate surgeon of the football…Also knowing coach Neu’s background with Drew Brees and myself being an undersized guy like that, I knew he could develop me into the best player I could be. ”
Bowling Green-Bryce Veasley
Veasley’s bread and butter is the deep ball, and it really shows in his highlights. While he doesn’t run with the ball often, he possesses the ability to pick up some yards on the ground if the opportunity is presented. One thing that really sticks out in his game is how poised he looks in the pocket. Veasley seems to be perfectly content with letting the game come to him, taking what is there, and not forcing the issue. As a junior, he threw for over 2500 yards and 22 touchdowns. He committed over reported offers from Buffalo, CMU, EMU, and Toledo.
Unlike Paddock and Veasley, Myers is not rated as highly by the recruiting services. Which, for the record, means absolutely nothing. Myers, a local product, is a legitimate dual-threat quarterback. He has the ability to cause serious mayhem on the ground, while also having success throwing short to medium routes. If you want to see just how tough of a runner Myers is, skip to 2:00 in his Hudl video which is linked to below.
CMU- George Pearson
Out of every QB mentioned so far, Pearson easily has the most impressive reported offer sheet. According to 247Sports, Pearson reports offers from Boston College, Purdue, and Temple. Pearson seems rather excited to be a Chippewa as he mentioned to MAC Prospectus that “it’s definitely going to be something special with the 2018 class coming up!”
EMU- Aaron Jackson
If you follow MAC recruiting, you may recall NIU signee Rodney Hall from the class of 2017. Jackson was Hall’s backup at Cass Tech, and now it’s his time to shine. Jackson is known for his running abilities, especially when running the option. Cass Tech is always loaded so it will be fun to watch how Jackson distributes the ball throughout his senior years. Jackson chose EMU over reported offers from CMU, Morgan State, and Western Illinois. If Jackson had the opportunity for full playing time, it is easy to envision a scenario where he doubled his amount of total offers. In the long run, Jackson flying under the radar is something that can benefit EMU significantly.
Kent State- Lamar Farris
Kent State has been recruiting the Louisiana area hard for multiple years now, and they went back to find their 2018 signal caller. The Golden Flashes were the only team to offer Farris, however he has the looks of an FBS quarterback. In years past, Kent State has been able to get the coveted early commitment from a quarterback however for a variety of reasons out of their control they haven’t been able to maintain those commitments. Keeping Farris in the fold is critical from strictly a depth standpoint. However in two or three years Farris could develop into a star for Kent State.
Miami- Alex Mayer and Christian Daniels
Due to the recent departure of Noah Wezensky, Miami looks like it will sign two quarterbacks in this cycle. Both Mayer and Daniels are 3-star quarterbacks according to 247Sports. Despite being a little undersized, Daniels makes up for it with his athleticism and is a threat to scramble on any play. The southpaw currently plays safety on top of quarterback for Western Alamance located in Elon, North Carolina.
Mayer is considered to be more of a pocket passer, however he had 11 rushing TD’s on top of 20 passing touchdowns as a junior. Mayer’s accuracy is on full display in his junior highlights at around the 0:38 second mark as throws a pass between two defenders for a touchdown.
Signing both Mayer and Daniels will give the RedHawks two different types of quarterbacks who both possess high ceilings.
NIU- Jiya Wright
NIU seems to have the most success on the recruiting trail in finding diamonds in the rough, guys who only have one or two total offer. Wright is exactly that, and could turn out to be a steal for the Huskies. Wright will be able to immediately showcase his running ability, and develop his passing game over time. He hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana and currently attends Homestead high school.
*Just as a disclaimer, Jyran Mitchell is listed as a quarterback on some sites, but from what we’ve heard NIU is recruiting him to play wide receiver. This article from the Chicago Tribune talks a little more about it.
Ohio- Joe Mischler
According to 247Sports, Mischler chose the Bobcats over reported offers from Columbia and Harvard. Based off of those offers, it looks like Mischler excels in the classroom as much as he does on the football field. He led Cathedral Prep to a state championship in Pennsylvania behind 43 total touchdowns which earned him AAAA All-State Player of the Year.
When asked about his commitment, Mischler told MAC Prospectus that “Ohio was everything that I was looking for in a school…In the end, Ohio was a no brainer.”
He also went into the MAC and why he thinks it’s an ideal fit.
“…the MAC is the perfect fit for myself and my skill set. The MAC plays some great football and OU has competed and been consistent through Coach Solich’s time there. Couldn’t be happier with my decision and can’t wait to get [down to] Athens.”
Toledo- Cross Wilkinson
Cross Wilkinson easily has the coolest name out of the bunch. Like Mischler, he also boasts reported offers from Ivy League schools (Dartmouth, Columbia, and Princeton to be specific). Ball State and Ohio were the other MAC programs vying for Wilkinson. Something that stood out while watching his highlights was his pocket presence. He seemed to really have a good sense of when pressure was coming and attempt to avoid it. Wilkinson also has shown he can be a leader on a state championship team just as a sophomore.
WMU- Kaleb Eleby and El Julian Jordan
Last but certainly not least, WMU has two extremely talented quarterbacks currently committed. While Eleby can be a threat on the run, Jordan is the one who is known more for his running abilities. Eleby is a much more polished pocket passer and has the ability to throw the deep ball with accuracy. Jordan is by far the better scrambler causing headaches for opposing defenses. If the coaching staff is able to keep both these recruits on board through signing day, it’s hard to argue against this duo being the most talented quarterback duo in the conference this recruiting cycle.