June 2016 AAC Football recruiting recap

PonyStampede breaks down a busy June in American Athletic Conference football recruiting. June saw 61 players commit to AAC schools, including a Scout 300 member, a new team take the lead in total commitments, and another team land 12 players in a month.

Houston: 18 commits

Top-rated player: Plano West (Texas) four-star ILB Mohamed Sanogo, Scout’s 11th-ranked ILB and second-ranked in Texas

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

Commits by rating: one four-star 12 three-star, five two-star

June additions: 


Houston Langham Creek two-star DE Chidi Ogbonnaya

New Orleans Brother Martin three-star WR Jeremy Singleton

College Station (Texas) three-star CB Timarcus Davis

San Antonio (Texas) Jay three-star OT Matthew Huhn

Humble (Texas) Atascocita two-star OT Samuel Cosmi

Huffman (Texas) Hargrave three-star OG Dennis Bardwell

Boling (Texas) two-star RB Elijah Gooden


With its eight-commit June, Houston now has the 27th-ranked class in the nation, 32 spots ahead of the next closest AAC team (SMU). Sanogo is the first four-star prospect to commit to an AAC school this cycle. His only Power Five offer is from Indiana, but he was considered one of the more under-recruited players in the state. The Cougars entered June with no offensive line commits, but added three in two days. Cosmi attended a Houston camp, was offered after and committed less than two weeks later. The 6-foot-7 Huhn’s offer list included Baylor, California, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma State and SMU. Among Bardwell’s offers were Bowling Green, Colorado and Texas Tech. Davis’ is Houston’s third cornerback commit ranked in the top 60, joining Javelin Guidry and Terry Petry. Davis had the top vertical jump (45.8 inches) among any tester at any Nike Opening Regional, while Guidry had the fastest 40-yard dash (4.35). Singleton is ranked as a corner, but will play receiver.

Memphis: 17 commits

Top-rated player: Oklahoma City Putnam West three-star ATH Nick Robinson, Scout’s 36th-ranked ATH and first-ranked in Oklahoma.

Commits by position: QB (2) RB (1) WR (1) TE (2) OL (1) DL (3) LB (0) DB (6) ATH (1) specialists (0) 

Commits by rating: four three-star, 11 two-star, two unrated

June additions: 

Harvey (La.) West Jefferson two-star TE Damien Degruy

NE Okalahoma A&M three-star CB Marcus Green

Jackson (Tenn.) Liberty Tech DE two-star Elijah Harris

La Porte (Texas) two-star QB Austin Upshaw

League City (Texas) two-star QB Will McBride

Tulsa (Okla.) Edison Prep two-star S Marcus Mays

Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines WR Willie Wright


Moore (Okla.) Southmoore three-star CB Quindon Lewis


Memphis entered June with five players, none whom were rated yet. After a 12-commit June, the Tigers have the AAC’s second-largest class. Robinson is the biggest land, and one of three Oklahoma high school players to commit to Memphis in the month. He has offers from Arizona, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others. 

Memphis also landed two quarterbacks. McBride, a former SMU commit, has offers from Boise State, Purdue and Utah, among others. Upshaw, the other QB, is a former Nebraska baseball commit. Mays held Power Five offers from Illinois and Kansas State. Among Lewis’ nine offers are Ohio, Cincinnati and Toledo. DeGruy’s list of nearly 15 FBS offers includes Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, SMU and Troy. Wright, Memphis’ only commit from Florida, held an Iowa State offer.

Temple: 15 commits

Top-rated player: Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny three-star tight end Griffin Sestili, Scout’s 49th-ranked tight end and top-ranked in Pennsylvania. 

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

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

June additions:

Middletown (Del.) St. George’s ATH Gary Brightwell

Exton (Pa.) Dowington East two-star CB Jeremy Jennings

Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard two-star RB Marvin Beander

Ablington (Pa.) WR George Reid

Brick Township (N.J.) ATH Ja'Sir Taylor

Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood WR Raheem Blackshear

Philadelphia Father Judge S Robert King

Silver Spring (Md.) Blake CB Ty Mason


Temple’s eight-commit June gives the Owls the third-largest class in the AAC. Temple entered June with zero receivers or defensive backs, but added five combined in June. Beander held offers from Iowa State, Maryland and N.C. State. Blackshear’s other FBS offers were from Army and Buffalo. King held FBS offers from Army, Buffalo, UConn, and Kent State. Jennings is the other of the eight June commits to hold a Power Five offer, from Syracuse. Taylor, Mason, Brightwell and Reid each had one FBS offer, from Temple.

East Carolina: 13 commits

Top-rated player: Cameron (N.C.) Union Pines three-star defensive end Taijh Alston, Scout’s 99th-ranked defensive end and third-ranked in North Carolina.

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

Commits by rating: one three-star, 11 two-star, one unrated

June additions: 

Buford (Ga.) two-star OG Connor Mills

Wendell (N.C.) Holder two-star OT Matt Morgan

Greenville (N.C). two-star WR Mydreon Vines

Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern two-star RB Jerry Howard

Charlotte (N.C.) Providence two-star WR Blake Proehl

Shelby (N.C.) two-star WR Jayden Borders

Georgia Military College CB Marcus Holton


Every one of the seven June pledges held at least one other FBS offer when he committed, but none held a Power Five offer. Howard was ECU’s top RB target. He had offers from Army, Appalachian State and Old Dominion. Mills, who joins teammate Mic Roof in ECU’s class, held offers from Charlotte, Marshall, Troy, Tulane and Western Kentucky. Borders’ list included Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall and Miami (Ohio). Holton, a JUCO prospect, held offers from Marshall and WKU.

Central Florida: 12 commits

Top-rated player: Sanford (Fla.) Seminole three-star DE Demarco Artis, Scout’s 71st-ranked DE and 13th-ranked in Florida.

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

Commits by rating: three three-star, nine two-star

May additions: 

Mayo Lafayette (Fla.) two-star OL Julio Castillo

Williston (Fla.) two-star DE T.J. Pitts

IMG Academy (Fla.) three-star WR Emmanuel Greene

Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby two-star DE Antwan Owens

Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot two-star OT Viktor Beach

Sanford (Fla.) Seminole two-star WR Gabriel Davis


Pensacola (Fla.) West Florida Technical two-star ILB Kalia Davis

Wahoo (Neb.) Bishop Neumann QB Noah Vedral

Miramar (Fla.) two-star OG Sebastien Dolcine


The slow start seems distant for the Knights after a nine-commit June. Artis picked UCF from a list that included Cincinnati, Colorado, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, N.C. State, Pitt, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. Greene, a former Scout 300 member who got a lot of early attention, held offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA. Owens held seven Power Five offers, and Beach had three. Davis did not have a Power Five offer, but held 15 FBS offers that included Cincinnati, East Carolina, Louisisan-Lafayette, Utah State and Western Kentucky. Vedral held offers from Air Force, Navy and Ohio. Like UCF head coach Scott Frost, he is a Nebraska native.

SMU: 12 commits

Top-rated player: Lake Travis (Texas) three-star QB Charlie Brewer, Scout’s 46th-ranked QB 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, seven two-star

June additions: 



Lancaster (Texas) three-star DE Noah Jones committed on June 2, but was included in May’s recap. SMU had not added a commitment since, but still has the AAC’s second-highest ranked class.

Cincinnati: 10 commits

Top-rated player: Indianapolis Franklin Central three-star TE Wilson Huber, Scout’s 57th-ranked TE and third-ranked in Indiana.

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

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

June additions:

Cincinnati Princeton two-star DE Jamal Hines


Miamisburg (Ohio) three-star OT Cody Lamb

Middletown (Ohio) K Cole Smith

Lyndhurst (Ohio) Burst OG Tyrone Chambers


The Bearcats continue to stock up on offensive players. The only defender in the class is Hines, who had offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion. Lamb’s offer list included Akron, Bowling Green, Ball State, Marshall and Toledo. Huber’s other FBS offers came from Ball State and Navy. Chambers’ list is the most impressive, boasting offers from Iowa State, Purdue, Toledo and Western Michigan, among others. 

Navy: Nine known commits

Top-rated player: Lake Orion (Mich.) three-star offensive guard Nick Novak, Scout’s 75th-ranked guard and second-ranked in Michigan.

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

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

June additions: 

Havelock (N.C.) two-star CB Montrece Gatling

Miami Westminster Christian two-star OLB Darian Stephenson

Havelock (N.C.) wide receiver Quinzel Lockhart

Naperville (Ill.) Nequa Valley three-star WR Owen Piche

(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).


With Piche, Navy reeled in another three-star recruit who spurned several non-service academies, including Bowling Green, Cincinnati and New Mexico. Stephenson had offers from FIU, UAB and Western Kentucky.

Tulane: Eight commitments

Top-rated player: Argyle (Texas) two-star QB Dane Ledford

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

Commits by rating: four two-star, four unrated

June additions: 


Hoover (Ala.) two-star RB C.J. Sturdivant

Covington (La.) Northlake Christian two-star DT Caleb Sampson

Denton (Texas) Guyer two-star C Gage Mallory

Savannah (Ga.) Christian ILB Evan Reese

Houston Stratford WR Jaetavian Toles


Tulane had been offering a lot in Texas under Willie Fritz, and it has three players to show for it so far. Toles had FBS offers from New Mexico and UTSA. Mallory and Ledford each had one FBS offer, from Tulane.

Tulsa: Seven commits

Top-rated player: Klein (Texas) Collins two-star OG Dante Bivens, Scout’s 52nd-ranked OG and ninth-ranked in Texas.

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

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

June additions: 


Taylor (Texas) two-star WR Malik Jackson


Tulsa addressed some offensive needs in the class, getting a lineman and a receiver who both hail from Texas. Bivens held offers from Bowling Green, New Mexico, North Texas, Tulane and UNLV. Tulsa was his first. Jackson’s only FBS offer came from Tulsa.

Connecticut Connecticut Huskies: Five commits

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

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

Commits by rating: two two-star, three unrated

June additions: 

Woodbury Forest (Va.) two-star CB Bebe Olaniyan

Hazlet (N.J.) FB Ryan Dickens

Westport (Conn.) TE Ryan Fitton


It’s still a small class, but the Huskies have their quarterback in McAfee. The three players who committed in June had UConn as their sole FBS offer.

South Florida Bulls: One commit

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

June additions: None


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