Compared to the last three recruiting classes, the Sun Belt had a bit of a down year in the final Scout.com conference standings as they finished with 474 points. The MAC was the closest conference with 634 points, followed by the WAC with 718. The conference signed 44 juco prospects, tied with the WAC for most in the FBS. Troy and North Texas led the way with 10 each. Teams this year focused more on the defensive side of the ball as the conference signed 111 players from that side of the ball opposed to 84 on offense.
Still the conference has much to be proud of in 2010 as they landed 13 of Scout.com's Top 100 players in their respective positions. The conference signed 12 three star prospects with Arkansas State leading the way with three. Warhawk Nation takes a look at the Top 10 plus two below.
Top Offense Signing
Josh is the 24th ranked center in the nation according to Scout.com. A verbal commitment to Minnesota, Josh had second thoughts about distance from home and committed to the ULM Warhawks. Allen was a member of the USA team that defeated The World team 17-0 in South Florida. Allen played Center, Tackle, Guard, and TE in one game showing how versatile he is. He looks to be an immediate impact player for the Warhawks.
Top Defensive Signing
MLB #81 Quashaun Lee - Arkansas State
The Red Wolves went south into Alabama and snuck one of the states best out in MLB #81 Quashaun Lee. Sun Belt conference members will get to know this 6'0 225 pounder over the course of the next four years.
Top Special Teams Signing
Kicker #12 Zach Olen - North Texas
Kickers, they don't get much attention until the game is on the line. The Mean Green hope that the 12th ranked kicker in the nation Zach Olen will add several victories to North Texas during his career.
Biggest Signing Day Steal
As if Florida International doesn't already have the best wide receiver in the Sun Belt in T.Y. Hilton, they just got more dangerous when they stole Willis Wright on signing day. Talk about a nightmare trying to defend both of these guys.
Scout.com Top 10 (Plus 3) Sun Belt Signings
12. Wade Issac - DT #100 - Florida International
9. Cory Carmichael - MLB #91 - Middle Tennessee
7. Brach Bessant - MLB #82 - Troy
6. Quashaun Lee - MLB #81 - Arkansas State
5. Amari Williams - TE #69 - Louisiana-Lafayette
4. Aaron Spikes - RB #63 - Louisiana-Lafayette
3. Willis Wright - WR #33 - Florida International
2. Josh Allen - C #24 - ULM
1. Zack Olden - K #12 - North Texas