MAC Football Recruiting Notebook

This will be a running notebook with updates regarding football recruiting within the Mid-American Conference.

If you’ve seen a bit of news that I haven’t, feel free to let me know in the comments, on Twitter or via email (macprospectus@gmail.com).

Reminder: MAC Prospectus is NOT a recruiting service in any capacity. 

Want to stay up-to-speed on Twitter? Follow along on @MACfbRecruiting.

December 17, 2018

Happy signing week!

247sports’ MAC recruiting class rankings as of this morning goes:

  1. WMU, 18 commits, 148.07 pts
  2. Miami, 27 commits, 144.95 pts
  3. Toledo, 15 commits, 138.62 pts
  4. Ohio, 17 commits, 136.63 pts
  5. NIU, 14 commits, 125.67 pts
  6. CMU, 14 commits, 116.46 pts
  7. Ball State, 14 commits, 112.32 pts
  8. Kent State, 13 commits, 100.25 pts
  9. EMU, 14 commits, 99.66 pts
  10. Buffalo, 10 commits, 93.64 pts
  11. Akron, 6 commits, 50.80 pts
  12. BGSU, 6 commits, 49.79 pts

Kent StateThe Flashes got a pair of linemen to commit to the program recently: a JUCO offensive lineman and a high school defensive end.

Adam Tourville will join Kent State as a Cerritos College transfer, making a long trip from his home in California. Tourville plays guard and center for the OL and will have two years to play with the Flashes. Kent State was his first-ever FBS offer, and that came a week and a half ago.

Colt Jennings is a defensive end from Parma, Ohio, which is just south of Cleveland. I haven’t seen anything about him receiving an official offer from Kent State, so there’s a chance that he’s joining the team as a non-scholarship player. If his Twitter account holds some truth, then his list of offers from D1 schools include Morehead State, Marist College and Butler. 

I want to say Kent State got a third, and really big, pickup on a three-star Florida receiver with a nice pull of offers, but I’m skeptical as to whether or not Trevor Solomon-Wilson (Tallahassee, Fla.; James Rickards HS) is actually committed to the program. This Kent State fan account says he is with the school’s edit of Wilson to say he’s committed, but there’s no public evidence of that being true otherwise. Wilson didn’t announce his commitment on social media, the coaches usually tweet the area code of their new commits and none of them have tweeted out Tallahassee’s (805), and there’s no update on 247sports.com either. So maybe Wilson committed to Kent State over Cincinnati, Southern Miss, Memphis, Maryland, UCF and USF (and others, I don’t know how much I trust 247’s list of offers) after all, but if he’s committed and didn’t want to go public with his decision, then I’m upset to have found out this way.

Miami: The RedHawks scooped up two more defensive commitments over the last couple of days.

Ivan Pace Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio; Colerain) committed to Miami last night with his other FBS coming from WMU, Toledo and Cincinnati. Here’s what his high school coach had to say about the decision:

Pace rushed for 1,441 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Division I state runner-up Cardinals (14-1) this season. He also had a receiving touchdown. He had 80 tackles including six sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

“There is no quit in him,” former Colerain coach Tom Bolden said in late November, prior to the state semifinal. “He’s 1,000 miles per hour constantly. I’ve said it over and over again, but in terms of what he can do offensively, defensively and special teams — in terms of a complete football player – he’s the best one in Ohio.”

Bolden accepted the Lakota West head coaching position last week. On Sunday, he rhetorically asked the last time Miami received a commitment from the state’s defensive player of the year. Pace’s commitment was a cause for celebration in Colerain and in Oxford.

Pace was the Southwest District Division I defensive player of the year and the Greater Miami Conference defensive player of the year.

Pace is the fourth Colerain player from the 2019 class to verbally commit to the RedHawks. He joins Colerain senior running back Syncere Jones, offensive lineman Rusty Feth and linebacker Luke Bolden (Tom’s son) – all of whom have given their pledge to Miami.

via WCPO Cincinnati

Miami also got DT Kobe Hilton (Farrell, Pa.; Farrell HS) to flip his commitment from Akron to Miami, citing the coaching turnover as his decision to make that move. 

WMU: With Payton Thorne’s decision to flip from WMU to Michigan State, WMU needed to add a new quarterback in his place. Slide in Nick Kargman, a three-star, dual-threat prospect. Kargman (Camden, N.J.; Woodrow Wilson HS) also held offers from Rutgers, Jackson State and Morgan State.

CMU: The Chippewas got their grad transfer quarterback already, now they’ve got their first HS quarterback to commit in the Jim McElwain era. 

Daniel Richardson (Hollywood, Fla.; Miami Carol City HS) is a three-star, dual-threat QB from Florida who also held offers from UAB, FIU, FAU and Toledo.

EMU: Meant to add this sooner, but I didn’t. As per usual, EMU shot for a JUCO tight end and this time they’ve scooped up Bryson Cannon out of Independence C.C. (Irmo, S. C.). EMU was Cannon’s only FBS offer.

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Offers, more: Want to stay up-to-speed with who’s getting offers from where? Follow @MACfbRecruiting on Twitter. 

December 15, 2018

Ohio: Here’s an oddity. Yesterday, JUCO RB De’Montre Tuggle (Kilgore College (TX); Channelview, Texas) announced his commitment to Ohio via Twitter, but he deleted that tweet today, Saturday, in the early afternoon. So maybe not?

Gary Hoover didn’t delete his tweet, though. Hoover’s a 3-for-2 JUCO [left] tackle from ASA College in New York. 

 

December 14, 2018

Only five days until the early signing period (or the new National Signing Day, whichever you feel like saying.) and that means the recruiting news is pretty hot.

WMU: In-state TE Devin Baldwin (Southfield, Mich.) looked like he was still really, really committed to the Bronco program, but there was enough to consider other possibilities (Rutgers, Virginia and Wake Forest, namely) and decommit on Thursday. 

On the bright side, the Broncos were able to get RB Christian Singleton (Kennesaw, Ga.; North Cobb HS) to flip his commitment from Georgia State to WMU the next day. WMU was the first to offer Singleton back in February, then he picked up more offers from Toledo, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Air Force, Furman, Ball State, Navy, Tennnessee-Martin, Ohio, Charleston Southern, Mercer, Elon, Southern Miss, Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Troy and James Madison. Singleton made his initial commitment to GSU in late July. 

Ball State: Speaking of tight ends, Chris Crothers, the JUCO player Ball State offered on Sunday, announced his decision to join the Cardinals’ program. Crothers is an Indiana native (Mishawaka, Ind.; Penn HS) that spent two years in the JUCO system, so he’ll have two seasons to still play college ball in his home state.

Toledo: RB Art Thompkins announced that he will be leaving Toledo as a graduate transfer on Twitter. Thompkins ran the ball 231 times for 1,427 yards and scored 11 times during his career with the Rockets and never really made too far up the depth chart with that being such a crowded position with Kareem Hunt, Terry Swanson, Bryant Koback, Shakif Seymour and Damion Jones-Moore all also getting touches over the last three seasons. 

Offers: Toledo & Bowling Green, in that order, have been the first to offer 2020 RB Devin Hightower (Akron, Ohio; Archbishop Hoban); 2021 DE Caleb Banks (Southfield, Mich.; Southfield A&T) received his first offer from Central Michigan on Wednesday. For more updates on scholarship offers, follow @MACfbRecruiting

December 13, 2018

CMU: On Tuesday it was made official. CMU’s going to bring in a graduate transfer quarterback to the program — Quinten Dormady. Dormady spent three years at Tennessee, one at Houston and has thrown 181 total passes in his career.

BGSU: Bowling Green received one commit who will be representing the Falcons in two sports: football and baseball. Ben Patton (Rochester, Mich.; Rochester Adams HS) will join the football program as a kicker and, if the video below means anything, a lefty arm.

EMU: Like clockwork, EMU’s adding a JUCO DE to the team this winter with Grant Trueman’s commitment on Monday. Trueman spent his first two years at Citrus College, the local option for the Chino Hills, Calif. native. 

WMU: JUCO cornerback Ozziah Williams made his commitment to WMU. Williams is a Florida guy that just spent two years at Fresno City College.

December 10, 2018

A pair of Akron commits flipped their decisions over the weekend. LB Max Wynn flipped his commitment to Miami while FB Quan Easterling, reportedly. jumped on the opportunity to play for Wisconsin. Both are regarded as three-star prospects. (EDIT: Easterling made his decision to go to Wisconsin public after this was published.)

Miami also scooped up RB Ontario Russell, a three-star recruit from Lees Summit, Mo., which is just outside of Kansas City. All in all, a good weekend for the RedHawks. Like Wynn, Russell was committed elsewhere before making his new decision public on Sunday. 

For EMU, LB Charles Brown made his commitment to the program. Brown’s from Bel Air, Md. and also played running back in high school. 

Kent State received a commitment out of JUCO DE Jabbar Price (Garden City C.C.), which should be a good boost for the defensive line. 

Two more commits for Miami were made recently that didn’t cross my eyes until today. Let’s add S Julius Wood (Columbus, Ohio, Walnut Ridge HS) and DE Anthony Collier (Nashville, Tenn., East Nashville Magnet School) to the team. 247sports has both of them as three-star prospects, which makes Miami currently the second-best class in the MAC behind WMU and ahead of Toledo. (H/T to @bruce_weingart and @spanks004 on Twitter for the info.)

December 9, 2018

This is the first little note of my online recruiting notebook. You’ll see updates pop up above this, so as this thing gets updated you’ll see that the more-recent updates will be added on the top, then you’ll have to keep scrolling to find older updates. I don’t plan on walking backward from here just to get caught up on all the little details that’ve gone by the wayside since October — just focused on moving forward.

Currently working on updating my C/O 2019 recruiting tracker since that’s been a minute. As of this writing, I’m finally taking some names off of BGSU’s list of commits, which includes JUCO WR Josh Moore, QB Logan Holgorson, S Jaden Gragg and OLB De’carleon Townsend (he’s going to Air Force now). Like I said, more to come. 

Ball State has offered JUCO TE Chris Crothers (College of DuPage). 

Cornerback and Indy-native Derin McCulley committed to Ball State.

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