Non-BCS recruiting breakdown
Here's a look at how some of the top non-BCS programs are faring on the recruiting trail.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: The Broncos are off to a fast start and are putting together a solid class. DB Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks) is the headliner and one of the elite corners in the West region. He performed well at The Opening and turned down half the Pac-12 to commit to Boise. LB Ben Weaver (Klein, Texas) is ESPNU's No. 17 inside 'backer in the country and turned down schools including Arizona, Cal, Louisville, Houston, Utah and Texas Tech. DB Donte Deayon (Walnut, Calif./Summit) earned DB MVP honors at the Stanford Nike Camp, and linebacker Chris Santini (San Jose, Calif./Leland), a converted safety, chose the Broncos over Pac-12 offers. Sleeper QB Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) doesn't have the prototypical size for the position, but he made the Elite 11 QB Camp last summer and is a great fit in the Broncos' offense.
Who they still want: The Broncos always have a high-powered offense and they would love to land explosive receiver Jordon Vaden (Henderson, Colo./Prairie View). LB Jeremiah Allison (Los Angeles/Dorsey) has the Broncos in his top three, but local favorite UCLA could be tough to beat. Another talented 'backer with a Boise offer is Joel Skotte (Bend, Ore./Mountain View). Skotte said he'll officially visit the Broncos, and they appear to be out in front right now. Boise also looks like the leader for receiver Jake Maulhardt (Camarillo, Calif.). BYU and Colorado are in the mix and have offered, but the Broncos are looking good right now.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: The Warriors have just two public commitments so far but have never been known to get out of the gate early when it comes to landing verbals. OL Dustin Adams (Minot, N.D./Magic City) was an all-state selection as a junior. He was offered by North Dakota and was drawing interest from Boise State and Kansas.
Who they still want: It's a pretty solid year for talent in Hawaii but the hard part for the Warriors, as always, is getting those top guys to want to play local. The top two players in the state, DeForest Buckner and Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu/Punahou) are looking elsewhere, and several of the state's top players have already committed to mainland programs. That doesn't mean the board is wiped clean of top talent. OL Shane Brostek (Kamuela, Hawaii/Hawaii Prep) is an elite player whose father played for Washington and was a first-round pick of the L.A. Rams. Tight end Keoni Bush-Loo (Honolulu/Kamehameha) has already been offered by Nebraska and his defensive line teammate Kory Rasmussen is getting looks from the entire Pac-12.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: OL Mac Long (Edna, Texas) headlines the Cougars' class and is one of the state's top offensive tackles. ATH Trevon Stewart (Patterson, La.) is an exciting two-way player who will start at corner for the Cougars, and RB Terrence Taylor (Diboll, Texas) is a powerful back who rushed for 22 touchdowns as a junior.
Who they still want: The Cougs are working hard to land defensive back Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) but have an in-state battle on their hands with Baylor. Houston has also offered Thomas' teammate DaCarlos Renfro, a corner, and would love for the two to be a package deal. The offensive line is a clear priority for the Cougars, as they have offered several in-state prospects. Kyle Fuller (Wylie, Texas) has offers from schools all over the country, including Houston, and it will be a real battle to land the talented tackle. Another in-state OL the Cougs were in on early is Braden Meador (Montgomery, Texas), and they are in a very good position right now. Seaver Myers (Friendswood, Texas) is yet another OL the Cougars have offered, but they appear to have some ground to make up on a few other teams at the moment.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 2
Who they have: If TCU continues to recruit as well as it has this year, don't look for the Horned Frogs to leave the national stage anytime soon. Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas/Martin) is the No. 7 defensive end in the nation and No. 69 player overall in the ESPNU 150. He's a tremendous pass-rusher, and his upside is off the charts. Also in the ESPNU 150 is talented cornerback Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson). Johnson was the DB MVP at TCU's Nike Camp and had a great showing at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., as well. He's one of the fastest players in the country and ran a 4.34 40 during the SPARQ testing portion of The Opening. QB Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.) is a talented signal-caller and was an Elite 11 participant, and tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) put on a show at the Gridiron Kings event at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.
Who they still want: The Horned Frogs are trying to land standout linebacker Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity) but they have some ground to make up. TCU is no worse than a co-leader for athletic DB Colin Blake (San Antonio/Brandeis) along with A&M and Oklahoma, and the Horned Frogs have stayed in the mix with standout corner T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby). Athlete Damien Lawry (Dallas/Wilmer-Hutchins) is getting looks on both sides of the ball, but TCU likes him at receiver. Lawry has double-digit offers, but the Horned Frogs are in his top three right now.
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