Recapping Signing Day Around The AAC

Managing Editor Billy Embody ranks the AAC classes after signing day!

1. South Florida

Willie Taggart's first full class was very impressive and features just five out of state players. Taggart made it a point to really lock down the state of Florida and did a great job. Quinton Flowers is a great pickup, but four-star Kendall Sawyer is a lanky corner that will contribute early as well. Taggart beefed up the offensive line with four in this class.

Best Signee: Quinton Flowers is a four-star receiver out of Miami Jackson and at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, he has D1 size already and would fit in well in the slot.

Underrated Signee: Vincent Jackson is a three-star outside linebacker from Tampa Jesuit, who has D1 size and is a great athlete. He can run well and could be a great special teamer from the start.

2. Cincinnati

It was a really well-rounded class from Tommy Tuberville that filled a lot of different needs. He found quality along the offensive and defensive lines with six three-stars between the two groups. The quality of depth added was extremely important here as Tuberville continues to get his type of players in.

Best Signee: Landon Brazile is a tall pass rusher at defensive end and if he can fill out his frame, he'll be able to be a terror off the edge.

Underrated Signee: WR Alex Thomas is a two star, but I was watching his film and if he can fill out his 6-foot-1 frame, he will be tough to defend.

3. UCF

Coming off its Fiesta Bowl win, UCF assembled a solid class, centered around former SMU pledge Tyler Harris. Now Harris will have to compete with Pete DiNovo for the starting quarterback job, but he's a big pickup. Four three-star safeties also headline some added depth for the Golden Knights at that position so watch for some serious competition.

Best Signee: Mike Rogers is a three-star safety from Campbell HS (Ga.) and at 6-foot, 180-pounds with 4.5 speed, Rogers can be moved around to corner too while he fills out his frame.

Underrated Signee: Chris Davis from Oviedo (FL) is a three-star receiver. Oviedo is from a solid program, where he played quarterback, so he should be able to pick up the offense quickly.

4. Temple

Even after a rough season, Temple came in at number four in the AAC class rankings. Lead by a slew of defensive three-stars, the staff added some quality depth in the secondary with four three-star corners. Two offensive linemen in the class have the size to be ready to play right away too.

Best Signee: Brenon Thrift, a three-star, 6-foot-3, 235-pound middle linebacker, was one of the earliest commits in the class and finished as the best, ranking as the 60th best linebacker in the country.

Underrated Signee: Three-star defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd. At 6-foot-2, 300-pounds, Booth-Lloyd is ready to get going right away and plug some holes for the Owls' defense.

5. SMU

June Jones and company finished well, landing Inoke Ngalo, Daniel Gresham and a few other commits in the last week. Led by Gresham and Ngalo, SMU found a running back that fits the mold of that big back with speed and Ngalo, who reminds me of Taylor Reed. With six offensive linemen coming in, SMU added some good depth for competition.

Best Signee: Daniel Gresham is a physical 5-foot-11, 230-pound back with 4.5 speed. SMU struggled to find the running game last year and with Gresham coming in, he should compete for playing time right away.

Underrated Signee: Punter Jackson Koonce. Don't laugh, but if Koonce can provide SMU with some good field position by pinning opponents back, it should help the offense out a lot.

6. Memphis

Memphis added some solid defensive players and also added quarterback Clay Holgorsen from Katy Taylor in Texas. Five of its seven three-stars are on the defensive side of the ball.

Best Signee: Defensive end Isadore Outing is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound terror with 4.66 speed that can be someone that could terrorize opposing quarterbacks. If he can continue to get stronger, Outing will outshine his ellow three stars.

Underrated Signee: Defensive End Tyler Jones has the size and strength to play right away at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds with 4.7 speed. He'll have to fix his technique, but what an athlete.

7. Houston

Bear Fenimore at quarterback will be a solid addition to this Houston team and at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, he has good size. Matthew Adams at linebacker is a real big pickup for the Cougars as well.

Best Signee: Matthew Adams is a player that SMU should've gone after harder and for good reason. Adams is one of the more talented linebackers in the 2014 class and would have been a great addition anywhere.

Underrated Signee: Safety Khalil Williams is a guy I really liked early as well and if he can add to his frame, he'll be a solid player for the Cougars in the secondary. Williams is also from FB Hightower and was offered by SMU.

8. Tulsa

With only four three-stars, Tulsa struggled this year recruiting wise, but they secure some quality along the offensive line at tackle and guard. Tulsa also signed a bunch of skill players to fit its spread offense.

Best Signee: Petera Wilson is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound three-star linebacker that has the frame to play immediately and contribute on special teams.

Underrated Signee: Payton Prince is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end and although he is only a two-star, Prince has to feel good about Tulsa's ability to develop H-backs and tight ends.

9. Tulane

Tulane signed a pair of three-star defensive ends that can contribute if they can add some size to their frames. Center Raul Diaz is another signee that with just a little more weight added, can contribute early.

Best Signee: Peter Woullard at defensive end is rated just a bit higher than Daren Williams, the other three-star signee, but the New Orleans native will be playing for his hometown school.

Underrated Signee: Tight end Kendall Ardoin has great size at 6-foot-5, 215-pounds and could play right away and cause matchup issues.

10. East Carolina

Only one three-star for East Carolina even after going to a bowl game, but athlete Cody Purdie is also a project player at just 5-foot-10, 170-pounds.

Best Signee: Purdie is undersized, but he's the only three-star in the class. The speedster will definitely redshirt and try to add more weight to his frame.

Underrated Signee: Guard Kyle Erickson is physically ready to play at 6-foot-3, 290-pounds so watch for him to compete for some early playing time at ECU.

11. Connecticut

Connecticut had a rough season and also the worst recruiting class in the AAC so things aren't going well for the Huskies. They did land three three-stars, but other than that, this class lacks talent.

Best Signee: Vontae Diggs is a three-star outside linebacker with a large 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, but he'll have to fill that out if he hopes to see the field his freshman year.

Underrated Signee: Tight end Alec Bloom is the most intriguing player in this class and at 6-foot-7, 242-pounds, the massive red zone target will just need to develop more reliability in the passing game to start over Luke Carrezola.

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