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American Athletic Conference football December/mid-January recruiting recap: What's happened since the end of the regular season?

With two weeks to go until National Signing Day, PonyStampede breaks down recruiting activity in the American Athletic Conference since the end of the regular season. Five teams have new head coaches, which means a lot of recruiting craziness during December, the dead period and the contact period before signing day.

Navy Midshipmen: 38 known commitments

Top-rated player: Bowling Green (Ky.) three-star RB Jamale Carothers, Scout’s 59th-ranked RB and top-ranked in Kentucky.

Notes:

Navy, which does not use traditional offers or the NLI system, is up to 38 known commitments. Five are three-star players.

Memphis Tigers: 23 commitments

Top-rated player: Nashville (Tenn.) Davison Academy four-star OT Obinna Eze, the No. 197 player in the nation and Scout’s 22nd-ranked OT. 

Commits by rating: one four-star, 10 three-star, 8 two-star, four unrated

Additions since end of regular season: 

Padulah (Ky.) McCracken TE Tyce Daniel: Memphis was his only FBS offer.

Grenada (Miss.) three-star OLB J.J. Russell (No. 63 OLB): signed in December as an early enrollee. Former Mississippi State commit who picked Memphis over finalists Louisiana Tech, Missouri and Tulane. 

Jackson (Miss.) Wingfield QB La'Andre Thomas: held offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, Tulane and Toledo.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

League City (Texas) Clear Springs three-star QB Will McBride (No. 32 QB): flipped to and signed with Tennessee.

La Porte (Texas) two-star QB Austin Upshaw: flipped to SMU.

East Carolina Pirates: 21 commitments

Top-rated player: Charlotte (N.C.) Vance three-star QB Kingsley Ifedi, Scout’s 74th-ranked QB and fourth-ranked in North Carolina.

Commits by rating: three three-star, 15 two-star, four unrated

Additions since end of regular season: 

Copiah-Lincoln JC three-star DE Tyree Owens (No. 91 in JUCO top 100): signed in December. Started his career at West Virginia. Also held offers from Auburn, Houston, Kentucky, Texas A&M and others.

Itawamba CC two-star OL Dqmarcus Shaw: signed in December. Held offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Mississippi.

Southwest Mississippi CC TE Eric Weber: signed in December. Originally signed with ECU in February 2016 out of high school.

Jones County CC two-star OLB Cannon Gibbs: signed in December. Held an offer from Louisiana-Monroe.

Northeast Mississippi two-star DT Blake McClain: played the 2014 season at South Carolina as a true freshman, and was a one-time Florida State commit in high school.

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) three-star WR Leroy Henley (No. 73 WR): signed in December. Had more than 30 offers, with Louisville, Kentucky, Utah and West Virginia as others he considered heavily. 

Altamonte Springs (Fla.) three-star RB Trace Christian (No. 63 RB): held offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, N.C. State, Missouri, South Florida, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, among others.

Houston Davis two-star ILB Bruce Bivens: flipped from Fresno State.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Lackawanna College (Pa.) two-star S Kalen McCain

Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley two-star CB Myles White

Buford (Ga.) two-star OG Connor Mills: flipped to Princeton.

Notes:

Before the season started, East Carolina had one player with at least one Power Five offer in its class. Now, it has six such players. It also has six junior college transfers. Five of those junior college players are among the 11 early enrollees. ECU wants to sign a full 25-man class.

Central Florida Knights: 20 commitments

Top-rated player: Norfolk (Va.) Norview three-star QB D.J. Mack, Scout’s 74th-ranked QB and third-ranked in Virginia.

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard three-star DE Stephon Zayas (No. 133 DE): committed to UCF over N.C. State and Pitt. Also held offers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers, among others.

Miami Southridge three-star S Antwan Collier (No. 108 S): signed in December. Former Illinois commit who offers from Cal, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), N.C. State, Nebraska, Oregon State and Purdue, among others.

Riverdale (Fla.) two-star OL Cole Schneider: held offers from Bowling Green, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, among others.

Garden City CC three-star OLB Gabriel Luyanda: signed in December. Held offers from Arkansas State, Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis and Mississippi State.

Attrition since end of regular season:

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep three-star DE Chris Whittaker (No. 69 DE): flipped to Kentucky.

Hollywood (Fla.) Miramar two-star OG Sebastien Dolcine: flipped to Kentucky.

Gonzales (La.) East Ascension three-star defensive end Justin Harris (No. 84 DE): visited Purdue the weekend of Jan. 13, will visit Texas A&M and Baylor the next two weekends.

Notes:

Scott Frost is assembling a strong class in his first full recruiting cycle, with 14 players who had at least one Power Five offer. Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot two-star OT Viktor Beach committed to UCF in June, but has picked up offers from LSU, Purdue and Florida in the last week.

Tulane Green Wave: 18 commitments

Top-rated player: Natchez (Miss.) Cathedral three-star DL/TE Will Wallace

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Independence CC two-star QB Jonathan Banks: signed in December. Started his career at a junior college before spending one year at Kansas State, then returning to junior college.

Grossmont CC WR Jabril Clewis: signed in December. Originally signed with San Diego State in February 2016 out of high school.

Coffeyville CC OG Dominique Briggs: signed in December. Held FBS offers from Florida Atlantic and Massachusetts.

McCalla (Ala.) McAdory two-star DB/WR Willie Langham: flipped to Tulane from South Alabama. Has visits set for Vanderbilt (recent offer) and South Alabama the next two weekends.

Houston North Shore three-star CB Kieston Roach: reportedly committed over offers from Illinois and Houston.

Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian two-star OLB Michael Scott: former USF commit who also held offers from Cal, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Northwestern, Syracuse, UCF and Utah, among others.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lawton Chiles two-star WR Kris Reed

Denton (Texas) Guyer two-star C Gage Mallory: decommitted from Tulane for the second time.

Savannah (Ga.) Christian two-star DE Evan Reese: committed to Kennesaw State.

Ellsworth CC two-star OLB Ryan Guthrie: flipped to Syracuse.

Houma (La.) Ellender WR Davontavean Martin: picked up offers from East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Toledo, Virginia, Wake Forest and Washington State since the start of December.

Covington (La.) Northlake Christian two-star DT Caleb Sampson: considering Kansas State and Missouri.

Grapevine (Texas) Faith Christian OL Luke McCleery: Army offered Jan. 6.

Atlanta Marist two-star OG Charlie Clark: flipped to Georgia Tech.

Temple Owls: 17 commitments

Top-rated player: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer three-star QB Todd Centeio, Scout’s 63rd-ranked QB and seventh-ranked in Florida.

Commits by rating: two three-star, 14 two-star, one unrated

Additions since end of regular season: 

Indian Head (Md.) Lackey DE/OLB Malik Burns: committed to Temple over offers from Kent State and James Madison. He is scheduled to visit Kent State this weekend.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

New Caanan (Conn.) St. Luke’s two-star RB Justin Brown: decommitted before Rhule left, committed to FCS Monmouth.

Pennsville (N.J.) Memorial DE Rob Saulin: decommitted after originally flipping from Connecticut.

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

Notes:

The Owls hired former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their head coach in December, replacing now-Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Most of the class that Rhule’s staff assembled is intact, though it has only added one player since Collins took over. Two players who committed under Rhule have decommitted. A third, Warminster (Pa) Archbishop Woods two-star WR Raheem Blackshear, has visits set to Rutgers and Michigan State.

South Florida Bulls: 16 commitments

Top-rated player: Cocoa (Fla.) three-star ATH Bruce Judson, Scout’s 47th-ranked ATH and third-ranked in Florida.

Commits by rating: six three-star, 10 two-star

Additions since end of regular season: 

Tifton (Ga.) Tift County two-star TE Frederick Lloyd: USF was his only FBS offer.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian two-star OLB Michael Scott: committed to Tulane.

Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson defensive end J'Bril Glaze (No. 86 DE): committed to Virginia Tech.

Notes:

USF hired former Texas head coach Charlie Strong to replace Willie Taggart, who led the Bulls to a 10-win season before becoming the head coach at Oregon. The Bulls are still waiting for their first commitment under Strong, but have only lost two (neither to Oregon). Judson picked up an offer from Taggart and Oregon last month and will visit the Ducks next weekend. He just visited Oregon State. Judson’s friend and fellow USF commit, Apopka (Fla.) three-star WR Demetri Burch, also picked up an Oregon offer and will visit.

SMU Mustangs: 16 commitments

Top-rated player: San Antonio (Texas) Jay three-star OT Matthew Huhn, Scout's 51st-ranked OT and eighth-ranked in Texas.

Commits by rating: five three-star, 11 two-star

Additions since end of regular season: 

Katy (Texas) two-star OT Hayden Howerton: flipped from Rice. Also held offers from Cal, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wake Forest, among others.

La Porte (Texas) two-star QB Austin Upshaw: flipped from Memphis.

Highland Park (Texas) two-star DE Turner Coxe: held offers from Army and Air Force.

Huhn: former Houston commit also held offers from Baylor, Cal, Illinois, Iowa State, Harvard, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn, Princeton, Rice, UCF and Yale, among others.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Lake Travis (Texas) three-star TE Cade Brewer (No. 73 TE): flipped to Texas.

Lake Travis (Texas) three-star QB Charlie Brewer (No. 42 QB): flipped to Baylor.

Lancaster (Texas) three-star DE Noah Jones (No. 75 DE): flipped to Houston.

Notes:

SMU has only a couple spots left, and just hosted Arizona State grad transfer TE Raymond Epps on an official visit. It also hosted Ellsworth CC two-star OG Tanis Joseph last weekend.

Houston Cougars: 14 commitments

Top-rated player: Pearland (Texas) three-star ILB Derek Parish , Scout’s No. 37 ILB and fifth-ranked in Texas.

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M K Dalton Witherspoon: signed in December.

Lancaster (Texas) three-star DE Noah Jones (No. 75 DE): flipped from SMU. Other offers included Colorado State, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, UTSA, Tulane and Tulsa.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Crosby (Texas) two-star RB Carlos Grace: does not have any visits set and may end up at a junior college.

Houston Westfield three-star RB Daniel Young (No. 77 RB): flipped to Texas.

San Antonio (Texas) Jon Jay three-star OT Matthew Huhn (No. 51 OT): committed to SMU.

Brenham (Texas) three-star OLB Marqez Bimage (No. 43 OLB): flipped to Texas.

Plano (Texas) West four-star ILB Mohamed Sanogo (No. 298 overall, No. 11 ILB): named Ole Miss and Mississippi State his top two schools.

College Station (Texas) three-star CB Timarcus Davis (No. 52 CB): flipped to Baylor.

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) three-star CB Javelin Guidry (No. 56 CB): decommitted Nov. 28. Has visited San Diego State and will visit Texas after he picked up an offer from the Longhorns.

Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point three-star CB Terry Petry (No. 59 CB): flipped to Missouri.

Notes:

Houston promoted offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to head coach in December to replace Tom Herman, who left to become the head coach at Texas. Houston wants to sign about 22 players, despite its recent losses on the trail. Also, Copiah-Lincoln JC three-star defensive end and Houston commit Joe Anderson did not sign in December as originally planned.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: 14 commitments

Top-rated player: Klein (Texas) Collins three-star OG Dante Bivens, Scout’s 78th-ranked OG and 12th-ranked in Texas.

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Tulsa Edison Prep two-star S Marcus Mays: former Memphis commit who also held offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Illinois, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Tulane and Wyoming.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Abilene (Texas) three-star OL Coy McMillon: flipped to TCU.

Abilene (Texas) three-star RB Abram Smith (No. 29 RB): flipped to Baylor, also considered Texas Tech.

Cincinnati Bearcats: 14 commitments

Top-rated player: Fishers (Ind.) four-star S R.J. Potts, Scout’s No. 32 S and top-ranked in Indiana.

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Potts: held offers from Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Merced college two-star DB Earl Chambers: originally signed with UAB in February 2016 out of high school.

Fresno JC CB Craig Williams Jr.: Cincinnati was his only FBS offer.

Iowa Western CC two-star OT Blake Yager: re-committed to the Bearcats over finalists West Virginia and Texas State. Also had offers from Bowling Green, East Carolina, New Mexico and Western Michigan.

Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek three-star RB Jaelen Greene (No. 106 RB): flipped to Western Michigan, re-committed to Cincinnati.

Cincinnati La Salle three-star RB Jarell White (No. 62 RB): held offers from Boston College, Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Purdue, Toledo and Western Kentucky.

Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic three-star CB Rashaad Stewart (No. 129 CB): held offers from Boston College, Louisville, Marshall, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, among others.

Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge two-star CB Darrick Forrest: flipped from Miami (Ohio). Also held offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Cleveland Brush DT Tyrone Chambers (No. 79 DT): committed to Western Michigan, then flipped to Minnesota (turning down an Ole Miss offer).

Carmel (Ind.) three-star RB/WR Jalen Walker: Fickell did not honor his scholarship.

Southfield (Mich.) three-star OLB Lorenzo McCaskill (No. 72 OLB): decommitted, but officially visited Cincinnati last weekend.

Cincinnati Princeton two-star DE Jamal Hines: Fickell did not honor his scholarship.

Notes:

The Bearcats hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell to replace Tommy Tuberville, who resigned as head coach in December. Fickell and staff have already picked up eight commitments, including Potts, who’s one of two four-star AAC commits.

Connecticut Huskies: 10 commitments

Top-rated player: Washington (D.C.) St. John’s three-star OG Stanley Hubbard, Scout’s 72nd-ranked OG and top-ranked in D.C.

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

Additions since end of regular season: 

Hubbard: held FBS offers from Army, Bowling Green, Charlotte, Marshall, Navy, Nevada, Ohio, Old Dominion and Temple.

Deerfield (Mass.) DL Dallas Hobbs: held FBS offers from Army, Toledo and Washington State.

Princeton (N.J.) Hun School OL Ryan Van DeMark: UConn was his only FBS offer.

Indian Head (Md.) Lackey two-star OT James Tunstall: held FBS offers from Bowling Green and Toledo.

Baltimore St. Frances WR/CB Jordan Swann: UConn was his only FBS offer.

Attrition since end of regular season: 

Fort Worth All Saints DE Max Cummins: visited Houston and will visit Baylor.

Pennsville (N.J.) Memorial DE Rob Saulin: flipped to Temple, later decommitted.

Groton (Mass). Lawrence Academy DE Jake Byczko: considering UMass.

Hazlet (N.J.) Raritan DE Ryan Dickens: Edsall did not honor his scholarship after initially deciding to honor it. Rhode Island has since offered.

Notes:

UConn fired head coach Bob Diaco in late December and hired Randy Edsall to replace him. Edsall previously coached the Huskies from 1999 to 2010. Edsall has not yet landed a commitment since taking over.


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