MAC recruiting scorecard

July, 16, 2009
7/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Yesterday, I looked at the current recruiting classes for Conference USA. Today we're looking at the early recruiting classes for the Mid-American Conference. All numbers are provided by ESPN.com's Spouts Inc., and remember they change daily.

AKRON
2010 verbal commitments:
3
ESPN 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: The Zips need to get better on defense and they needs to add more weapons on offense. They've done the latter with the addition of tight end Anthony Ritossa. Ritossa is a pass-catching tight end. Akron had just one tight end catch 12 passes last season.

BALL STATE
2010 verbal commitments:
10
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: New head coach Stan Parrish, an offensive coach, has gone offense-heavy in this class so far. Six of the 10 recruits are on offense. However, the best get of the class might be cornerback Quintin Cooper, who had six interceptions as a junior.

BOWLING GREEN
2010 verbal commitments:
2
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: New Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson is losing a lot of senior experience this season, so it will be interesting to see what he does with this recruiting class. Defensive back Justin Ford currently headlines the class.

BUFFALO
2010 verbal commitments:
1
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: The Bulls needs are at the offensive skill positions since their best players graduate after this season. The only commitment on the board is dual-threat quarterback Rudy Johnson, who accounted for 2,400 yards last season.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN
2010 verbal commitments:
4
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: Obviously, the biggest loss for the Chippewas in 2010 will be quarterback Dan LeFevour, but they also lose their top receiver and the defense can use some help and depth. There are a lot of needs for CMU and it doesn't really have that difference-maker yet.

EASTERN MICHIGAN
2010 verbal commitments:
1
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: New head coach Ron English is off to slow start -- the Eagles got their first commitment six days ago -- but it should pick up especially if the Eagles can feed off the way they finished last season.

KENT STATE
2010 verbal commitments
: 0
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: Well, not much to say about a class that's nonexistent. Just remember that it's early.

MIAMI (OH)
2010 verbal commitments:
3
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: New head coach Mike Haywood has three guys on the board, two offensive players and a kicker. Haywood's an offensive coach and it will be interesting to see what he can bring out of RedHawks this season. That will determine his recruiting direction.

NORTHERN ILLIONIS
2010 verbal commitments:
2
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: Both of the Huskies' verbals are on defense, which is probably where the focus needs to be, but it also needs to starting looking at offensive skill positions, including quarterback.

OHIO
2010 verbal commitments:
1
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: The lone verbal on Ohio's list is Lebanon (Ohio) High School receiver Chase Cochran, who had 45 receptions for 1,005 yards as a junior. Not a bad start for a team that's working on strengthening its offense.

TEMPLE
2010 verbal commitments:
12
ESPNU 150 watch list: 1
Quick take: Temple's classes have gotten better every year under head coach Al Golden, which is why his teams have been better. The Owls' verbals include New Brunswick (N.J.) High School defensive tackle Dante Weaver, who is on the ESPNU 150 watchlist. Weaver is 6-foot-2, 310 pounds.

TOLEDO
2010 verbal commitments:
5
ESPNU 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: The Rockets have three offensive guards on their list, which points to a need that new head coach Todd Beckman is addressing. But the Rockets also will need key players on defense where they loses a couple stars.

WESTERN MICHIGAN
2010 verbal commitments:
2
ESPN 150 watch list: 0
Quick take: There's no dynamo recruit on this list, but it's an OK start since coach Bill Cubit has proven that he can turn lightly recruited players into stars in the MAC. He loses some key players this year, especially on offense.

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