Middle Tennessee recruiting analysis


The class

Recruits: 22

Top prospects: The Blue Raiders picked up two dual-threat quarterbacks in Shaun White and Timmy Byerly -- who has drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow. They also were able to sign cornerback Marcques Dixon, who was a Middle Tennessee commit in 2010 before signing with Tennessee. He never enrolled in school there and is eligible to play for the Blue Raiders this fall.

Needs met: Middle Tennessee definitely needed to load up on quarterback and the defensive line, and seemed to have met those needs -- even though they weren’t able to get a beefy tackle to help immediately. Part of that was because of the last-minute switch of defensive tackle Joe Townsend, who ended up signing with Vanderbilt.

Analysis: This is a solid class of players that should help Middle Tennessee in the long run. The Blue Raiders also have two other transfers from Division I schools -- cornerback Jajuan Harley comes in from Florida State but must sit out the 2011 season because of NCAA transfer rules. Running back Drayton Allen-Calhoun from LSU could be eligible in 2011 because he has applied for a hardship waiver for family reasons.