July 2016 AAC football recruiting recap

PonyStampede breaks down a busy July in American Athletic Conference football recruiting. In the month, 59 players committed to AAC schools, including a four-star athlete with 19 Power 5 offers. A new team takes the lead in total commitments for the third straight month.

Navy Midshipmen: 31 known commitments

Top-rated player: Bowling Green (Ky.) three-star RB Jamale Carothers, Scout’s 47th-ranked RB and top-ranked in Kentucky.

Commits by position: QB (2) RB (6) WR (7) TE (0) OL (4) DL (5) LB (4) DB (2) ATH (0) specialists (0) 

Commits by rating: 5 three-star, 26 two-star

July additions (with other FBS offers): 

Jamale Carothers

Tyler (Texas) Bishop TK Gorman three-star WR Judah Bell

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet two-star RB Josh Johnson

Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern two-star ILB Myles James

New York Fordham Prep two-star DT Matthew Conlon

Barrington (Ill.) three-star DE Jackson Perkins (No. 78 DE)

Barrington (Ill.) two-star ILB Blake Holley

Canton (Ohio) Central Catholic two-star ILB Griffin Baumoel

(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).

July attrition: None


Bell is a tremendous land for Navy, picking the Midshipmen from a list that included SMU, Kansas, Houston, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette. Navy picked up two other three-star prospects in Carothers and Perkins. Perkins also held one Power 5 offer, from in-state Illinois. He held other offers from Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, UCF and Western Michigan. Carothers held FBS offers from Army, Eastern Michigan, Marshall.

Memphis Tigers: 20 commitments

Top-rated player: Oklahoma City Putnam West three-star ATH Nick Robinson, Scout’s 35th-ranked ATH and first-ranked in Oklahoma.

Commits by position: QB (2) RB (1) WR (1) TE (1) OL (1) DL (4) LB (2) DB (6) ATH (2) specialists (0) 

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

July additions: 

Moore (Okla.) Southmoore three-star LB/S Gervarrius Owens (No. 46 OLB)

Norman North (Okla.) three-star OLB Cade Mashburn

Hueytown (Ala.) DE Jamal Woods

Sheffield (Ala.) two-star ATH Malik Smith

Batesville (Miss.) South Panola three-star DT O'Bryan Goodson (No. 74 DT)

July attrition:

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


Memphis added four players in July, plus Goodson, who committed in late June but didn’t make the last recap. The biggest name is Owens, who gives the Tigers their first top-50 defensive player in this class. His list of 18 offers included Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Miami (Ohio) and Utah State. Mashburn held offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas, Ohio, UTSA and Wyoming, among others. The pair gives Memphis five players from Oklahoma in its class, including its two highest-rated commits.

Houston Cougars: 18 commitments

Top-rated player: Plano West (Texas) four-star ILB Mohamed Sanogo, the No. 300 overall player in the nation and Scout’s 11th-ranked ILB.

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

July additions: None

July attrition: None


After a busy June that featured eight commitments, Houston did not land anyone in July. The Cougars class still features eight players ranked in the top 60 at their respective positions.

Temple Owls: 17 commitments

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 (3) TE (2) OL (2) DL (1) LB (1) DB (3) ATH (2) specialists (0) 

Commits by rating: three three-star, four two-star, 10 unrated

July additions:

Collegeville (Pa.) Perkiomen Valley OL Chris Jimenez

Philadelphia Central WR Collin Washington

July attrition: None


Temple landed two commitments in July after an eight-commit June. Jimenez and Washington each held one FBS offer, from Temple. Temple has a lot of unknowns in its class, but still has some big names with Sestili, three-star OG Willa Pierre and three-star QB Todd Centeio, a former Miami (Fla.) commit.

Central Florida Knights: 17 commitments

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 (4) DL (5) LB (1) DB (2) ATH (0) specialists (0) 

Commits by rating: three three-star, 12 two-star, two unrated

July additions: 

Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Anderson two-star CB Rennard Bozeman

McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour two-star DE Mason Cholewa

Gonzalez (La.) East Ascension DE Justin Harris

Bradenton (Fla.) Lakewood Ranch two-star OT Samuel Jackson

July attrition: None


The Knights grabbed four players in July, each with at least one Power 5 offer. Bozeman had the most impressive list of the bunch, with offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, South Carolina, South Florida and Syracuse. Cholewa held offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, Syracuse and Temple. Jackson had FBS offers from Kentucky and South Florida. Harris, also a basketball player, had Kansas among his 10 offers.

East Carolina Pirates: 15 commitments

Top-rated player: Charlotte (N.C.) Vance three-star QB Kingsley Ifedi, Scout's 71st-ranked QB and fourth-ranked in North Carolina.

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

Commits by rating: two three-star, 13 two-star

July additions: 

Elon (N.C.) Western Alamance two-star RB Darius Pinnix

High Point (N.C.) Central DE Ja-Quane Nelson

July attrition: None


In Pinnix, ECU landed a recruit with a Power 5 offer (Virginia), the third such player in the Pirates' class. Nelson’s other FBS offer came from Charlotte.

South Florida Bulls: 14 commitments

Top-rated player: Cocoa (Fla.) four-star ATH Bruce Judson, Scout’s 29th-ranked ATH and third-ranked in Florida.

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

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

July additions:

Bruce Judson (as QB)

Tampa Jefferson three-star DE J'Bril Glaze (No 82 DE)

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood two-star S Mekhi LaPointe

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) three-star WR Daewood Davis (No. 138 WR)

Apopka (Fla.) three-star WR Demetri Burch (No. 144 WR)

Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips two-star WR Emare Hogan

Tampa Hillsborough two-star ATH Duran Bell Jr.

Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian two-star OLB Michael Scott

Tampa Jefferson three-star OT Jean Marcellus (No. 79 OT)

Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf three-star CB Nick Roberts (No. 73 CB)

Miami Krop two-star WR Randall St. Felix

Sarasota (Fla.) Booker two-star DT Kelvin Pinkney

July Attrition: None


The Bulls had one commitment at the start of July 19. Then came 13 commits over the next 14 days. Judson, a former Ohio State commit, is the biggest name. He will get a chance to play quarterback, but could end up at receiver, running back or defensive back. He held almost 20 Power 5 offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.

Five other July Bulls commits had SEC offers: Glaze (Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee); Davis (Arkansas, Kentucky); Burch (Kentucky); Marcellus (Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee) and Roberts (Mississippi State, South Carolina). Nine of the 14 commits have at least one Power 5 offer.

The biggest victory of the month for USF was in the 2018 class. Four-star WR Jermaine Eskridge out of Tampa Jefferson joined teammates Glaze and Marcellus in committing to the Bulls. He's a ridiculous land for USF and held over 25 offers, among them Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA.

SMU Mustangs: 14 commitments

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 (1) WR (0) TE (1) OL (1) DL (4) LB (2) DB (3) ATH (1) specialists (0) 

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

July additions: 

Arp (Texas) two-star RB Kayce Medlock

Friendswood (Texas) ATH Tyler Page

July attrition: None


SMU got the only running back it plans on taking with Medlock’s commitment. He clocked a 4.40 40-yard dash at the ETSN combine in the spring and held offers from Colorado, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and UTSA. Page plays quarterback, but is coming in as an athlete. He could end up as a receiver or a defensive back. His two Power 5 offers came from Kansas and Virginia, giving SMU six players with Power 5 offers in the class.

Tulane Green Wave: 11 commitments

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

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

Commits by rating: six two-star, five unrated

July additions: 

Hoover (Ala.) OLB K.J. Vault

Sanford (Fla.) Seminole two-star QB Kaylan Wiggins

West Mesquite (Texas) two-star CB Jaylon Monroe

Starkville (Miss.) OT Joey Claybrook

July attrition:

Denton (Texas) Guyer two-star OL Gage Mallory


Tulane took a second quarterback in its 2017 class, a smart move to build depth at a position that’s thin on mobile quarterbacks needed to play in Willie Fritz’s option-heavy and run-based offense. Wiggins held offers from Army and Navy. Monroe’s other FBS offer came from Texas State. Vault’s lone FBS offer was Tulane. Claybrook held offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama and South Florida. Mallory had been picking up other offers since committing to Tulane in June.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: 11 commitments

Top-rated player: Abilene (Texas) three-star RB Abram Smith, Scout’s 53rd-ranked RB and eighth-ranked in Texas.

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

Commits by rating: four three-star, seven two-star

July additions: 

Manvel (Texas) two-star WR Keylon Stokes

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet three-star S Daiquain Jackson

McKinney (Texas) two-star CB Akayleb Evans

Abilene (Texas) three-star DE Coy McMillon

July attrition: None


With four Texas players committing in July, seven of Tulsa’s 11 pledges are from the Lone Star State. Of the July commits, Jackson’s offer list was the biggest. He held FBS offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Army, Fresno State, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, SMU and Texas State. Evans was the only one of the four to have at least one Power 5 offer (Kansas, Iowa State) and the first such player in Tulsa’s class.

Cincinnati Bearcats: 10 commitments

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

July additions: None

July attrition: None

Connecticut Huskies: Seven commitments

Top-rated player: Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy three-star CB Ian Swenson, Scout’s 67th-ranked CB and second-ranked in Illinois. 

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

Commits by rating: two two-star, three unrated

July additions: 

Ian Swenson

Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy DE Jake Byczko

July attrition: None


UConn has the smallest class in the conference, but got a really nice addition in Swenson. He held offers from Iowa State, Louisville, Western Michigan, Nevada and Central Michigan, among others.

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