100. Top* 100 signees of 2018

There are 100 days until MACtion returns. Until then, we count the days

While you shouldn’t care too much about recruiting rankings, I’ve used them to list off some recruits that signed with Mid-American Conference programs for the upcoming season(s). I’ve taken all 2018 signees across the MAC (minus FBS transfer players like Hank Hughes, Khalil Pimpleton and Koback Bryant), sorted them all by 247sports.com’s composite rankings and selected the 100 players with the highest individual scores for this list.

The purpose? Well, we’re still 100 days from MAC football being played. The purpose is to kill some time between now and then.

Let’s take a look at some of the notes of this list:

Toledo leads with 22 signees

Toledo’s well established in recruiting at the Group of 5 level, let alone one of the best programs in the league at doing so. On this Top* 100 list, 22 players are going to Toledo, the most of any team in the MAC.

  1. Toledo, 22 signees
  2. Western Michigan, 17
  3. Bowling Green, 13
  4. Northern Illinois, 10
  5. Ball State, 7
  6. Kent State, 7
  7. Eastern Michigan, 6
  8. Miami-OH, 5
  9. Akron, 4
  10. Ohio, 4
  11. Central Michigan, 3
  12. Buffalo, 2

There’s a lot to love about Toledo’s recruiting class, but the trivia knowledge you’ll want to know is that wide receiver Jalynn Williams (No. 2 on the Top* 100) was actually committed to Florida early on in his recruiting process. Toledo’s always stacked at wide receiver and Williams should continue to excite. Williams was a signing day surprise for Toledo fans, as was quarterback Carter Bradley (3), a big-time quarterback out of Jacksonville, Fla.

B1G commits flipped to WMU

Many followers of MAC football recruiting probably aren’t surprised to see who’s atop of the list — Western Michigan’s Antwan Reed. A one-time Penn State commit backed out of his original decision in early December, then made his commitment to WMU official when he signed with the program at the start of the early signing period.

With all of the deserved attention Reed has gotten for how valuable of a recruit he was out of Muskegon High School (Muskegon, Mich.), it’s safe to look at him as the Broncos’ left tackle of the future, per se. By 247sports.com’s composite scoring, no other MAC signee has a score as high as his: 0.8858.

Tight end Anthony Torres (18) is a big addition to WMU’s class, too, as he was a one-time Iowa commit.

Robinson highlights NIU’s class

Charles Robinson is atop Northern Illinois’ signees with a composite score of 0.8577 as a local wide receiver with a 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame. Robinson signed with the Huskies in December, but if grades end up being an issue, he’ll have to start his collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College.

No matter where Robinson spends his freshman year, he’s bound to be a big piece to NIU’s offenses in the near future.

Kent State’s making moves

It was fun watching Sean Lewis put together an entire coaching staff and an entire recruiting class in the span of two and a half months. Woody Barrett (8) might be the starting quarterback for the Golden Flashes this year and was a one-time Auburn signee before going the junior college route. Connor Parks (37) is expected to compete for playing time as a true freshman defensive end. Wide receiver Isaiah McKoy (79) was a late flip from Ball State.

There are seven total Flashes on this Top* 100 list and they were all offered during the Lewis era.

Big back alert

Akron signee Abraham Alce is a very interesting recruit. Alce, a 6-foot, 224-pound running back from Immokalee, Fla. (Immokalee), had a few Power 5 offers like Wisconsin, Miami-FL, Boston College and Pittsburgh, but he felt like Akron cared about him the most — a feeling he reciprocated.

Here’s an excerpt of what he told MAC Prospectus in February:

“Akron has a good program with a family that shows communication and growth for a young man to develop and be great while getting a great education… I have to know a school is going to take care of me, not just for that first year, but my career, for those years attending the school and after my career.

“I can trust Akron because ever since spring when coach (Eric) Hickson first had interest in me, he stuck by my side and was always very good on his communication with me, which those (Power 5) schools don’t do.” 

Alce is a really thick running back and could be a huge addition to Akron’s run game, which could use some help.

Top 100* signees of 2018

No. Name POS Team Former school(s) From 247sports composite
1 Antwan Reed OT WMU Muskegon Muskegon, Mich. 0.8858
2 Jalynn Williams WR Toledo St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. 0.8729
3 Carter Bradley QB Toledo Providence Jacksonville, Fla. 0.8718
4 Kaleb Eleby QB WMU Pattonville Maryland Heights, Mo. 0.8696
5 Derrius Mullins DT Toledo St. Francis De Sales Columbus, Ohio 0.8675
6 Thomas Lopez OT Ball State ASA College Middletown, N.J. 0.8635
7 Jalin Cooper WR Toledo Medina Medina, N.Y. 0.8611
8 Woody Barrett QB Kent State Copiah-Lincoln C.C. Orlando, Fla. 0.8590
9 Charles Robinson WR NIU Waubonsie Valley Aurora, Ill. 0.8577
10 Lavel Dumont OT Toledo Wharton Tampa, Fla. 0.8555
11 Cameron Stage OG BGSU Cardinal Gibbons Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8499
12 Keonta Nixon WR CMU Lake Park Roselle, Ill. 0.8499
13 DaShon Bussell WR WMU Knoxville Catholic Knoxville, Tenn. 0.8497
14 Keyondre White RB Akron Dillard Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8477
15 Deandre Fitz-Henley ILB BGSU Clearwater Central Catholic Clearwater, Fla. 0.8466
16 Maleak Bryant TE Miami-OH Mays Atlanta, Ga. 0.8464
17 Samuel Baker OG Toledo Admiral Farragut Academy St. Petersburg, Fla. 0.8464
18 Anthony Torres TE WMU Penn Mishawaka, Ind. 0.8464
19 Daniel Bolden ILB Toledo Colerain Cincinnati, Ohio 0.8447
20 Patrick Lupro CB WMU Belleville Belleville, Mich. 0.8434
21 D’Andre Ragin OLB Toledo St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8431
22 Evander Craft OLB Toledo College of DuPage St. Francis, Wisc. 0.8425
23 Wyatt Rector QB WMU Leesburg Leesburg, Fla. 0.8418
24 Rico Frye RB BGSU Cartersville Cartersville, Ga. 0.8416
25 Marques Cox OT NIU Peoria Peoria, Ill. 0.8416
26 Chase Brown RB WMU St. Stephens Episcopal Bradenton, Fla. 0.8403
27 Terrance Taylor OLB Toledo Phillips Academy Chicago, Ill. 0.8402
28 Abraham Alce RB Akron Immokalee Immokalee, Fla. 0.8399
29 Karl Brooks DE BGSU Sexton Lansing, Mich. 0.8399
30 Isaiah Watson CB EMU Calvert Hall College Towson, Md. 0.8399
31 Montre Miller CB Kent State Westwood Blythewood, S.C. 0.8399
32 Devan Rogers DT Toledo Sidney Sidney, Ohio 0.8396
33 Antwaun Johnson ILB BGSU Dunbar Dayton, Ohio 0.8385
34 Kenih Lovely CB WMU Atlantic Delray Beach, Fla. 0.8377
35 Andre Carter DE WMU Cass Tech Detroit, Mich. 0.8376
36 Devin Ruffin Jr. ILB BGSU Lutheran North St. Louis, Mo. 0.8366
37 Connor Parks DE Kent State Oak Ridge Orlando, Fla. 0.8361
38 Devin Jordan OT Akron Dillard Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8336
39 Nate Bauer WR Toledo Archbishop Hoban Akron, Ohio 0.8335
40 Ronnie Buford DE WMU Chelsea Chelsea, Mich. 0.8335
41 Justin Hall CB NIU Homewood-Flossmoor Flossmoor, Ill. 0.8328
42 Joseph Bonds OLB NIU De La Salle Chicago, Ill. 0.8316
43 Jamal Hines DE Toledo Princeton Cincinnati, Ohio 0.8315
44 Desjuan Johnson DE Toledo East English Village Prep Detroit, Mich. 0.8305
45 Carter Stagner DE EMU Seaholm Birmingham, Mich. 0.8299
46 Zach Burks DT Ohio Coffeyville C.C. Coffeyville, Kan. 0.8299
47 Braden Fiske OG WMU Michigan City Michigan City, Ind. 0.8299
48 Zaire Barnes S WMU Carmel Catholic Mundelein, Ill. 0.8288
49 Alexander Howie OC EMU Salem Canton, Mich. 0.8280
50 Ra’Veion Hargrove RB BGSU Trotwood-Madison Trotwood, Ohio 0.8276
51 Robert Daniel CB EMU Oak Park Oak Park, Mich. 0.8265
52 Matt Harmon OLB Kent State Oscar A. Carlson Rockwood, Mich. 0.8254
53 Mike DeHaan TE NIU Victor J. Andrew Bolingbrook, Ill. 0.8254
54 Alex Morgan TE Toledo Pickerington Central Pickerington, Ohio 0.8254
55 Antwain Walker CB NIU Oswego East Oswego, Ill. 0.8227
56 Lee Payton TE WMU River Rouge River Rouge, Mich. 0.8227
57 Devin Haney CB NIU Park Hill Kansas City, Mo. 0.8226
58 Luke Martin OG Ball State Fishers Fishers, Ind. 0.8215
59 Kameron Butler DE Miami-OH Covington Catholic Alexandria, Ky. 0.8215
60 Nick Carey OT Toledo Catholic Central Novi, Mich. 0.8213
61 Melvin Johnson DT Toledo Riverside C.C. Las Vegas, Nev. 0.8210
62 Amir Brummett WR NIU MacArthur Decatur, Ill. 0.8205
63 Reggie Jennings OLB NIU Brookfield Central Brookfield, Wisc. 0.8204
64 Jyran Mitchell WR NIU Rich Central Campus Olympia Fields, Ill. 0.8204
65 Jayden Reed WR WMU Metea Valley Aurora, Ill. 0.8204
66 Randall Harris CB CMU Walled Lake Western Walled Lake, Mich. 0.8199
67 Lonkevious McFadden WR Kent State Pahokee Pahookee, Fla. 0.8198
68 Adetutu Daranijo S Akron St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8181
69 Parker Bisek OG Toledo Ryle Union, Ky. 0.8181
70 Nick Mihalic P WMU Niles North Skokie, Ill. 0.8174
71 Montrae Braswell CB CMU Avon Park Avon Park, Fla. 0.8165
72 A.J. Mayer QB Miami-OH Covington Catholic Alexandria, Ky. 0.8165
73 Jeremiah Wood CB Ohio Pickerington Central Pickerington, Ohio 0.8165
74 Jackson Barrow ILB Toledo Cathedral Indianapolis, Ind. 0.8160
75 Kyron Mims DT Ball State Woodlawn Baton Rouge, La. 0.8154
76 James Harris CB BGSU Blanche Ely Pompano Beach, Fla. 0.8154
77 Bryce Veasley QB BGSU West Bloomfield West Bloomfield, Mich. 0.8154
78 Jevon Henderson DT BGSU Centerville Dayton, Ohio 0.8154
79 Isaiah McKoy WR Kent State Norcross Norcross, Ga. 0.8154
80 Andrew Todd OG Miami-OH George Washington Cedar Rapids, Iowa 0.8154
81 Bennett Clark OT Miami-OH Zionsville Zionsville, Ind. 0.8154
82 Dyontae Johnson OLB Toledo Cass Tech Detroit, Mich. 0.8154
83 Austin France ILB WMU Snider Fort Wayne, Ind. 0.8154
84 Timarcus Simpson CB EMU Sickles Tampa, Fla. 0.8143
85 Cross Wilkinson QB Toledo Wheeling Park Wheeling, W.V. 0.8143
86 Yo’Heinz Tyler WR Ball State Warren Easton New Orleans, La. 0.8104
87 Noah Massey WR BGSU Spring Westfield Houston, Texas 0.8098
88 Marquez Glover QB Kent State Vanguard Ocala, Fla. 0.8098
89 Rayshawn Wilborn OLB Ball State Garden City C.C. Lansing, Mich. 0.8095
90 Jaylen Turner OC Ball State Arsenal Tech Indianapolis, Ind. 0.8093
91 Caleb Sutherland S Toledo Armwood Seffner, Fla. 0.8093
92 Eddie Wilson DT Buffalo Milford Academy Jersey City, N.J. 0.8064
93 Jamison Collier S Ohio Brookwood Snellville, Ga. 0.8064
94 Ginial Isma CB WMU Stranahan Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 0.8064
95 John Paddock QB Ball State Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 0.8054
96 Jake Papez TE BGSU Timberland Wentzville, Mo. 0.8054
97 Brad Papez OT BGSU Timberland Wentzville, Mo. 0.8054
98 Dylan McDuffie RB Buffalo Sweet Home Senior Amherst, N.Y. 0.8054
99 E.J. Williams S EMU Pike Indianapolis, Ind. 0.8054
100 Shane Hooks WR Ohio Olympia Orlando, Fla. 0.8054

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