Matt Visinsky

American Athletic Conference October Football Recruiting Roundup

Patrick recaps the AAC's month in football recruiting and where SMU stacks up.

<p>October brought a small uptick in commitments for American Athletic Conference teams including seven Scout 300 players making their decision. With the recent activity and some updated player rankings, every AAC team has at least one three-star commit.

1. SMU: 23 commits

Top-rated commit: Plano (Texas) three-star center Kadarius Smith, Scout’s 15th-ranked center and seventh-ranked in Texas.

Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (2) TE (1) OL (4) DL (4) LB (5) DB (5) ATH (1) specialists (0)

Recent activity: SMU broke a nearly three month commit-less streak when it landed three-star Irving (Texas) Nimitz inside linebacker Noah Spears on Oct. 16. Spears held offers from Houston, Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas State and Utah State. Just five days later, Chad Morris and Co. landed an important commit along the defensive line in three-star Denton (Texas) Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin. A 6-foot-2, 285-pound pocket disrupter, McLaurin picked the Mustangs over Boise State, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, UMass, Nevada, North Texas, Texas State and Toledo. He’s Scout’s 52nd-ranked defensive tackle in the nation.

2. Tulane: 17 commits

Top-rated commit: New Orleans St. Augustine three-star inside linebacker Giovanni LaFrance, Scout’s 48th-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 has yet to land anyone since late July, when two-star Crowley (La.) wide receiver Jacqco Price committed.

3. Houston: 17 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 (3) DL (4) LB (0) DB (6) ATH (0) specialists (0) 

Recent activity: The Cougars had been a little slow since the summer, but struck the junior college market twice this fall: Four-star Iowa Western College offensive tackle Na’ty Rodgers and two-star Blinn College (Texas) safety J.J. Dallas. Rodgers is a former South Carolina offensive lineman and Army All-American who is originally from Maryland. He’s 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds and picked the Cougars over Arizona State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Missouri and West Virginia. He received a medical redshirt for one of his two seasons at South Carolina and redshirted the other, so he has three years of eligibility left.

4. Cincinnati: 14 commits 

Top-rated commit: Cincinnati La Salle four-star running back Jeremy Larkin, Scout’s 24th-ranked RB and third-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 have not added to their recruiting class since August.

5. East Carolina: 12 commits

Top-rated commit: Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook three-star quarterback Reid Herring, Scout’s 99th-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 two commits in early September but none since. 

6. Temple: 12 commits

Top-rated commit: Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor three-star safety Keyvone Bruton, Scout’s 69th-ranked safety nationally and second-ranked in Virginia.

Commits by position: QB (2) RB (0) WR (1) TE (1) OL (1) DL (2) LB (0) DB (5) ATH (0) specialists (0)

Recent activity: Temple is beginning to cash in on its 7-0 start. Bruton is the class’ gem so far, but the Owls dipped into the West Coast to land three-star Antelope (Calif.) quarterback Montel Aaron. Aaron is Scout’s 80th-ranked quarterback in the class and held offers from Nevada, San Jose State and UNLV

7. South Florida: 9 commits

Top-rated commit: Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte three-star running back Elijah Mack, Scout’s 85th-ranked running back and ninth-ranked in Florida.

Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (0) TE (0) OL (3) DL (1) LB (2) DB (1) ATH (0) specialists (0)

Recent activity: The Bulls’ class took a big hit when three-star Lake Wales (Fla.) cornerback Josh Dunn decommitted on Oct. 27. Dunn was a huge commitment when he pledged back in August, picking USF over Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Tulane, Virginia and Wisconsin. Dunn took an official visit to Iowa State in early October.

8. Navy: 12 commits

Top-rated commit: Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal three-star defensive tackle Joe Goff, Scout’s 67th-ranked DT and second-ranked in Virginia.

Commits by position: QB (1) RB (1) WR (1) TE (0) OL (2) DL (2) LB (4) DB (1) ATH (0) specialists (0)

Recent activity: Navy had a solid October, picking up commitments from two-star Dallas Jesuit linebacker Peyton Long on Oct. 8 and Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens offensive lineman Billy Honaker. Navy was the Honaker’s only offer while the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Long held offers from Air Force and Army.

9. Tulsa: 11 commits 

Top-rated commit: Houston Reagan three-star inside linebacker Robert Revels, Scout’s 14th-ranked ILB and second-ranked in Texas

Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (1) TE (0) OL (4) DL (0) LB (3) DB (1) ATH (1) specialists (0) 

Recent activity: Tulsa’s one October commitment came from Forney (Texas) quarterback Luke Skipper, a 6-foot-2, 196-pounder whose only FBS offer came from Tulsa. 

10. Memphis: eight commits

Top-rated commit: Laurel (Miss.) three-star quarterback Keon Howard, 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 is having one of its best seasons in school history, but no one has committed since two-star Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing wide receiver Jahod Booker pledged in mid-August.

11. Connecticut: eight commits

Top-rated commit: Southington (Conn.) three-star quarterback Jay Rose, Scout’s 62nd-ranked tight end and first-ranked in Connecticut.

Commits by position: QB (2) RB (0) WR (1) TE (0) OL (1) DL (0) LB (1) DB (1) ATH (2) specialists (0) 

Recent activity: The Huskies did not add any commits in October. But Rose, their most recent commit, was changed to a quarterback from a tight end in the rankings. Rose plays quarterback for his high school team, but Scout East Coast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn originally graded him as a tight end.

12. UCF: five commits

Top-rated commit: Miami Gulliver Prep three-star cornerback Dontay Mayfield Scout’s 130th-ranked CB and 21st-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 (2) ATH (0) specialists (0)

Recent activity: It’s gone from bad to worse in Orlando after George O’Leary stepped down as head coach and interim athletic director. UCF had a slow start to the cycle, but its 0-8 record hasn’t helped. The Knights lost two-star Tampa (Fla.) Wharton wide receiver Devontres Dukes, who has set officials to North Carolina State and Middle Tennessee State. However, they did flip two-star Miami Norland cornerback Byron Brown from Florida International. UCF offered him in early October and he flipped on Oct. 21.


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