Patrick breaks down the state of AAC football recruiting in his September roundup!
Now that the recruiting period has started again, coaches can talk to and visit players at their games. But September wasn’t too busy a month, with four players committing to American Athletic Conference schools in September (one since the last recap) and just nine of the Scout 300 made their decisions in September. Here’s how the classes have changed in the last month-plus. With the recent activity and some updated player rankings, every AAC team has at least one three-star commit.
1. SMU: 21 commits
Top-rated commit: Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton three-star quarterback David Moore
, Scout’s 47th-ranked QB and third-ranked in Georgia.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (2) TE (1) OL (4) DL (3) LB (4) DB (5) ATH (1) specialists (0)
Recent activity: SMU had an extremely busy June and July with 15 commits, but has not landed a commitment since late July. As noted last month, South Grand Prairie (Texas) defensive back Caesar Williams
and Irving (Texas) Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears
are two who are a good bet to commit to SMU. The Mustangs are also in the running for two four-stars, Plano (Texas) East wide receiver Audie Omotosho (above) and Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald
2. Tulane: 17 commits
Top-rated commit: New Orleans St. Augustine three-star inside linebacker Giovanni LaFrance
(above), Scout’s 44th-ranked ILB and second-ranked in Louisiana.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (1) TE (0) OL (3) DL (4) LB (4) DB (3) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Tulane climbed up to second in the conference with a big June and July, but hasn’t landed a commitment since late July.
3. Houston: 15 commits
Top-rated commit: Houston Westfield five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver
, the 9th overall player in the 2016 Scout 300.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (2) TE (0) OL (2) DL (4) LB (0) DB (5) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Since the beginning of August, Houston has lost a net of one commit. But it still has a strong class led by the dominant Oliver. Nine of its 15 commits are rated a three-star prospect or higher. Oliver (above and below) took an official visit to Oklahoma
in September, but remains committed to Houston now. Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower defensive end former Houston commit Michael Johnson pledged to Baylor
Top-rated commit: Cincinnati La Salle three-star running back Jeremy Larkin
(above), Scout’s 38th-ranked RB and second-ranked in Ohio.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (2) WR (3) TE (0) OL (3), DL (1) LB (1) DB (3) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: The Bearcats landed Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stevenson two-star defensive end Michael Pitts
on August 10, but have been quiet since.
Top-rated commit: Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook three-star quarterback Reid Herring
(above), Scout’s 95th-ranked QB and fifth-ranked in North Carolina.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (3) TE (1) OL (2) DL (3) LB (0) DB (1) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: East Carolina landed Winterville (N.C.) South Central defensive end Kendall Futrell
and Locust Grove (Ga.) tight end/outside linebacker Aubrey Payne in early September (included in last recap), but has not picked up any commitments since.
6. Temple: 11 commits
Top-rated commit: Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor three-star safety Keyvone Bruton
, Scout’s 56th-ranked safety nationally and second-ranked in Virginia.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (1) TE (1) OL (1) DL (2) LB (0) DB (5) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Landing Bruton on Sept. 9 (included in last recap) was a big victory for Temple. The Owls have started 3-0, but no one else has followed Bruton’s lead.
Top-rated commit: Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte three-star running back Elijah Mack
, Scout’s 87th-ranked running back and tenth-ranked in Florida.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (0) TE (0) OL (3) DL (1) LB (2) DB (2) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Since landing six players from June 20 to 27, the Bulls have had one commit: Lake Walls (Fla.) three-star cornerback Josh Dunn
’s Aug. 1 pledge.
8. Navy: 10 commits
Top-rated commit: Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal three-star defensive tackle Joe Goff
(above), Scout’s 67th-ranked DT and third-ranked in Virginia.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (1) TE (0) OL (1) DL (2) LB (3) DB (1) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak three-star outside linebacker Jake Schwarzer
was the Midshipmen’s last pledge, which came on August 24. He is one of two three-star prospects in Navy’s class.
9. Tulsa: 10 commits
Top-rated commit: Houston Reagan three-star inside linebacker Robert Revels (above), Scout’s 12th-ranked ILB and second-ranked in Texas
Commits by position: QB (0) RB (0) WR (1) TE (0) OL (4) DL (0) LB (3) DB (1) ATH (1) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Tulsa exploded in July and early August but has been quiet since. A surprising 2-1 start could lead to some more momentum on the recruiting trail.
10. Memphis: eight commits
Top-rated commit: Laurel (Miss.) three-star quarterback Keon Howard
(above), Scout’s 22nd-ranked quarterback and first-ranked in Mississippi.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (3) TE (1) OL (0) DL (0) LB (0) DB (2) ATH (1) specialists (0)
Recent activity: Memphis had a solid summer after entering it with zero commits. The Tigers did not land anyone in September, but a 4-0 start is showing recruits that last season was not a total fluke. As long as Memphis can survive with a bend-but-don’t-break defense, it should gain a lot of momentum on the trial this season.
Top-rated commit: Southington (Conn.) three-star tight end Jay Rose
, Scout’s 55th-ranked tight end and fourth-ranked in Connecticut.
Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (1) TE (1) OL (1) DL (0) LB (1) DB (1) ATH (2) specialists (0)
Recent activity: The Huskies are the only team to add a commit since the last recap. But they landed a good one in Rose, who committed on Sept. 17. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Rose (above) held offers from Boston College
, N.C. State, Syracuse
, Wake Forest
, West Virginia
. He actually played quarterback as a high school junior after playing tight end as a sophomore, but he will fit best in college as a tight end. He’s not an overly experienced route-runner, but playing quarterback and understanding how an entire offense works will ease his likely transition in college.
12. Central Florida: four commits
Top-rated commit: Miami Gulliver Prep three-star cornerback Dontay Mayfield
(above), Scout’s 124th-ranked CB and 17th-ranked in Florida (he will play wide receiver in college).
Commits by position: QB (0) RB (0) WR (2) TE (0) OL (0) DL (1) LB (0) DB (1) ATH (0) specialists (0)
Recent activity: The Knights’ slow start didn’t seem like much before the season started, but it’s concerning now that they have stumbled to an 0-4 record to start the season. UCF
did not add any commits in September. In fact, it actually lost a commit when Gonzalez (Fla.) Tate QB Sawyer Smith
decommitted. With the season spiraling downward fast and George O’Leary’s future as head coach uncertain, UCF may need a January run of commits to fill its class.