Matt Visinsky

May 2016 AAC football recruiting recap

As summer begins, the two Texas schools are the only American Conference teams with double-digit 2017 commitments. SMU had the busiest spring, adding nine players in May. In total, 34 players committed to AAC schools in May and early June. Here is where the classes stand.

1. SMU Mustangs: 12 commitments

Top-rated player: Lake Travis (Texas) three-star quarterback Charlie Brewer, Scout’s 46th-ranked quarterback and eight-ranked in Texas.

Commits by position: QB (1) RB (0) WR (0) TE (1) OL (1) DL (4) LB (2) DB (3) ATH (0) specialists (0) 

Commits by rating: five three-star, four two-star, three unrated

May additions: 

SMU’s May and early June commitments:

Richmond (Texas) George Ranch three-star defensive end Toby Ndukwe

Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point two-star defensive back Ar'mani Johnson

Cypress Ranch (Texas) two-star defensive end Harrison Loveless

Pearland (Texas) two-star cornerback Justin Guy-Robinson

Terrell (Texas) two-star safety Elijah McQueen

Denton (Texas) Ryan linebacker Delano Robinson

Dallas Bishop Dunne linebacker Shaine Hailey

Bay City (Texas) defensive tackle Jordan Gipson

Brewer

Lancaster (Texas) three-star defensive end Noah Jones

May attrition: 

League City (Texas) Clear Springs two-star quarterback Will McBride

El Paso (Texas) El Dorado three-star wide receiver Tyquez Hampton

Takeaways: Ndukwe is going to play weak-side defensive end for SMU. His offer list included Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Fresno State and Tulsa, but he added Colorado and Indiana offers after committing. Jones, a versatile player who could end up at tackle, picked SMU over Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Kansas, among others. He is the highest-rated defensive player in the class. While not a high school addition, SMU landed its most impressive player for 2017 on May 18: former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn, a former four-star recruit top-200 player.

Both McBride and Hampton got some attention after committing. McBride added Utah and Boise State offers. Hampton picked up offers from Mississippi State, Washington State, Utah and Kansas since his January commitment. While raw, Hampton is an impressive athlete. SMU can be patient at receiver and may opt to just go with Quinn in the class. McBride’s later attention is an example of a good early evaluation by the SMU staff, but with Brewer in tow, local quarterbacks Jason Shelley, Miklo Smalls and JUCO star D.J. Gillins still available, SMU is in good shape at quarterback in this class.

2. Houston Cougars: 10 commitments

Top-rated player: Vista Murrieta (Calif.) three-star cornerback Javelin Guidry, Scout’s 46th-ranked CB and 12-ranked in California.

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

Commits by rating: eight three-star, one two-star, one unrated.

May additions: 

Guidry

Tyler (Texas) John Tyler three-star athlete Bryson Smith

La Porte (Texas) three-star linebacker Terrel Bernard

May attrition: 

Richmond (Texas) George Ranch three-star safety Adam Beck

Arlington (Texas) Oak Ridge three-star wide receiver Bronson Boyd

Takeaways: Baylor, Colorado, Dartmouth, Kansas State, Missouri, Northwestern, SMU, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt were among Bernard’s 14 offers. He is a top-50 player at his position. Guidry, who played his first three years at Cedar Park (Texas) high school, ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening Dallas regional, tying the fastest mark of anyone at any regional. His offer list included Arizona State, Oregon State, Purdue and SMU. Smith is from the same high school as current Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr. Like Ward, he is a dual-threat quarterback who initially projects as a wide receiver in college, but could get a shot at quarterback. 

Boyd is a tough loss for Houston. He committed in early May, only to flip to Texas Tech less than two weeks later. He was also the only DFW area commit for Houston so far. Beck is a top-35 safety in the nation. He originally picked Houston in early April.

3. Temple Owls: Seven commitments

Top-rated player: Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny three-star tight end Griffin Sestili, Scout’s 43rd-ranked tight end and top-ranked in Pennsylvania. 

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

Commits by rating: three three-star, one two-star, three unrated

May additions:

New Castle (Pa.) Neshannock tight end Tyler Sear

Wayne (Pa.) Valley Forge Academy linebacker Audley Isaacs

New Canaan (Conn.) St. Luke’s two-star running back Justin Brown

Sestili

Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer quarterback Todd Centeio

May attrition: 

Oakhurst (N.J.) Ocean Township two-star quarterback Kenny Pickett

Takeaways: The 6-foot-1 Centeio, Scout’s 52nd-ranked quarterback, held offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Nebraska, South Florida, Toledo and Wake Forest. He is one of the more highly recruited players in Temple’s last two classes. Sestili’s only other FBS offer came from Virginia. Sear, Isaacs and Brown all committed on May 7. Pickett decommitted in May and committed to Pittsburgh on June 4. Centeio is a superior prospect.

4. East Carolina Pirates: Six commitments

Top-rated player: Cameron (N.C.) Union Pines three-star defensive end Taijh Alston, Scout’s 42nd-ranked defensive end and second-ranked in North Carolina.

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

Commits by rating: one three-star, three two-star, two unrated

May additions: 

Mic Roof Buford (Ga.) quarterback Mic Roof 

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance quarterback Kingsley Ifedi

May attrition: None

Takeaways: Roof held offers from Miami (Ohio) and Troy, while Ifedi hels ones from Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Harvard and Pittsburgh. The two-quarterback month comes after ECU landed Northwest Mississippi College quarterback Gardner Minshew, who will play for the Pirates in 2016.

5. Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Five commitments

Top-rated player: Abilene (Texas) three-star running back Abram Smith, Scout’s 56th-ranked running back and eighth-ranked in Texas.

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

Commits by rating: one three-star, one two-star, three unrated

May additions: 

Smith

Tulsa Union running back Shamari Brooks

Collinsville (Okla.) quarterback Seth Boomer

Tulsa Lincoln Christian center Garrett Flanary

May attrition: None

Takeaways: The 6-foot, 196-pound Smith committed to Tulsa just two weeks after getting his first offer, which came from Tulsa. Boomer’s only FBS offer was from Tulsa. Flanary’s 18 FBS offers included Air Force, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, Tulane and Utah State. He’s a nice early recruiting win for Philip Montgomery’s team.

6. Navy Midshipmen: Five known commitments

Top-rated player: Lake Orion (Mich.) three-star offensive guard Nick Novak, Scout’s 69th-ranked guard and second-ranked in Michigan.

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

Commits by rating: one three-star, two two-stars, two unrated

May additions: Novak

May attrition: None

Takeaways: Novak is an impressive pull for Navy. He is a top-70 player at his position who held offers from Army, Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado, Kent State and Toledo. Even after Colorado offered, he told Scout that Navy was his leader. Additionally, Camden (N.J.) Wilson running back Navy commitment Jelani McCargo picked up a Temple offer. (Note: Navy doesn’t use the NLI system and doesn’t have a limit on its class size. Its commitments are also not as publicized).

7. Cincinnati Bearcats: Five commitments

Top-rated player: Three-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard three-star wide receiver Jordan Merrell

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

Commits by rating: two three-star, three unrated

May additions:

Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier quarterback Desmond Ridder

Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) offensive tackle Blake Yager

Sandy Creek (Ga.) running back Jaelen Greene

May attrition: None

Takeaways: Green chose Cincinnati over offers from East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Tulane. Ritter and Yager only had Cincinnati offers. Yager stands at 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds.

8. Memphis Tigers: Five commitments

Top-rated player: Not one of Memphis’ commits is rated yet.

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

Commits by rating: N/A

May additions: 

Northwest Mississippi College cornerback Tito Windham

Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s Episcopal cornerback Tamaurice Smith

Ecru (Miss.) North Pontotoc athlete Zay Cullens

May attrition: None

Takeaways: After closing 2016 strong, Memphis has yet to land a marquee player in Mike Norvell’s first full class. Smith’s and Windham’s only listed offer was Memphis. Cullens held offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and South Alabama. All three committed within nine days, from May 15 to May 24.

9. Central Florida Knights: Three commitments

Top-rated player: Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian three-star running back Otis Anderson, Scout’s 84th-ranked running back and 16th-ranked in Florida.

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

Commits by rating: one three-star, two unrated

May additions: 

Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips quarterback Marvin Washington (committed June 6)

May attrition: None

Takeaways: Bowling Green, Georgia Southern, Kent State, Toledo and Utah State were among Washington’s other offers. Anderson is racking up Power 5 offers. Vanderbilt and Iowa State have him high on their boards, per Scout’s Corey Bender. The speedy running back also has offers from Illinois, Oregon State, Northwestern, Purdue, Washington State and Virginia.

10. Connecticut Huskies: Two commitments

Top-rated player: Everett (Mass.) two-star quarterback Jordan McAfee

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

Commits by rating: one two-star, one unrated

May additions: None

May attrition: None

11. South Florida Bulls: One commitment

Top-rated player: Miami Central two-star wide receiver Jernard Phillips

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

Commits by rating: one two-star

May additions: None

May attrition: None

12. Tulane Green Wave: One commitment

Top-rated player: Neither one of Tulane’s commitments is rated yet.

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

Commits by rating: two unrated

May additions:

Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School offensive tackle Charlie Clark. He holds FBS offers from Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern.

May attrition: None


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