For my first 2017 Toledo football best guess recruiting class, things are starting to take more and more shape as we start to approach the football season. Something that might make a lot of Rocket fans happy is this may end up becoming Toledo’s best recruiting class in recent memory. That class would include two four star prospects, eleven three-star prospects, and a really nice group of receivers heading to Toledo.
Notes regarding the 2017 class:
Class Size: I went with 23 total commits. Toledo Scout has been informed that this class will be somewhat small in the 19 to 22 area. However, that size will mostly depend on if some of the Rockets top targets or takes end up picking Toledo.
Attrition: Like always, there will be multiple decommitments in almost all recruiting classes throughout college football. I do expect Toledo to have at least one decommitment in this class, potentially two decommitments - there are more extensive notes on who below.
Ranking: With the class below, Toledo will probably end up with the second best class in the MAC. Western Michigan has held the best recruiting class for about two years and they will probably end up with the MAC recruiting title for the third straight year. However, Toledo has shown year after year that they can develop, which goes hand and hand with recruiting.
Here’s the full Toledo Scout 2017 best guess recruiting class:
1. QB Caleb Martin, 6’2” 190lbs. Fort Recovery, OH (Fort Recovery)
Martin is the heart and soul of the 2017 Toledo recruiting class. He has been a huge part of bringing who is currently committed to Toledo and who will be in the future. The Fort Recovery standout has been all over the recruiting trail, currently pursuing prospects like Michael Warren, Morgan Ellison, Chauncey Smart, Carmoni Green, and more. In terms of his game on the football field, he is a stud quarterback who has all it takes to make it, physically and mentally, to be the next starting quarterback at Toledo. When he arrives on campus, he will need to hit the weight room and put on more bulk and like all freshman quarterbacks, learn the offense before he is ready to take over.
2. RB Michael Warren, 5’11” 210lbs. Toledo, OH (Central Catholic)
Warren has set atop of the Toledo coaching staff’s recruiting board for quite sometime now. Thanks to that prioritization, his fit in the offense, and his connections to the program (being the hometown guy), Toledo is starting to look better and better for Warren. He recently released a top six, which Toledo made along with Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, and Boston College. Not to mention, he did recently visit Toledo for a 7-on-7 camp with his high school team - he did have a chance to talk with the Toledo coaches. If Toledo keeps up the constant pursuit and gets a few more visits, I like their chances. However, Louisville is a school that Warren has called his “dream school”, they haven’t offered yet. That’s something to maybe keep an eye on.
3. RB Morgan Ellison, 6’0” 217lbs. Pickerington, OH (Pickerington Central)
Ellison is another big, physical, and prototypical running back that the Rockets are pursuing. Toledo currently appears to be the leader within his recruitment due to the daily contact and the relationships he has with the staff. However, he is somewhat of an unknown prospect because he hasn’t played a down at his high school in two years because of injuries. But he has picked up attention from his impressive camp performance at the Columbus regional opening. The plan for Ellison right now is to take four official visits, he only has four offers from Ohio, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, and Youngstown State. As long as he doesn’t blow up with offers, he will likely end up at Toledo.
4. WR Nick Kovacs, 6’3” 195lbs. Springboro, OH (Springboro)
Kovacs is one of the Toledo commits who has been committed to the Rockets for quite sometime, dating back to March. As of right now, he has informed me multiple times that he is 100-percent committed to Toledo and it would take a lot to make his reconsider, but he is hearing from other schools. East Carolina recently offered and Iowa has been in contact with him throughout any given week. Kovacs does not plan to visit any of those schools, but if a visit is necessary he will visit. Kovacs is speaking to the Toledo coaching staff twice a week. If he does stay committed to Toledo, he is a prospect who can come in and make an immediate impact.
5. WR Trent Cloud, 6’1” 185lbs. Bedford, OH (Bedford)
Cloud shocked a lot of recruiting experts when he picked Toledo over the presumed favorite Wisconsin. However, it looks like he will be catching passes for the Rockets within the next few years. He reminds me a lot of once former Toledo great, Eric Page. They are both shifty and dynamic players who can make a big play happen at anytime. He’s another receiver I expect to come in and contribute as a freshman.
6. WR Bryce Mitchell, 6’3” 200lbs. Toledo, OH (Bowsher)
Toledo has a lot of speedy and smaller receivers in the current recruiting cycle. But Mitchell is Toledo’s big receiver who will go up and compete for the football in the air with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. He will most likely come in to Toledo and try to develop into a receiver like former Toledo receiver Alonzo Russell was with the Rockets.
7. WR Carmoni Green, 6’1” 192lbs. Miami, FL (Miami Central)
Green is a prospect who has sky rocked up Toledo’s recruiting board due to the interest in Toledo and the two misses on the staff’s top receiver targets in C.J. Hayes and DeAmonte King. According to a few sources, Toledo has a “very good” shot at landing him. Now, I’m not sure if that will happen, but the source is very close to the Toledo program. He will visit Toledo this summer like I reported and is expected to make his commitment before his senior season. If he would end up at Toledo, that would give the Rockets their first “elite” receiver they have been searching for in this class.
8. WR Travell Harris, 5’9” 170lbs. Tampa, FL (Jesuit)
Harris recently named Toledo his leader earlier in the week like Toledo Scout reported. The Rockets took the lead within his recruitment because they are recruiting him the hardest. With an expected Mid July visit and him naming Toledo his leader, the Rockets looks to be in prime position for a commitment. Harris will likely end up playing in the H-back role at Toledo, a guy that will split out and will also receive handoffs in the backfield.
9. TE Drew Rosi, 6’3” 235lbs. Powell, OH (Olentangy Liberty)
Rosi is a player that has plenty of room to grow and has been starting to show flashes of his potential throughout the camp circuit this offseason. Even though he recently visited Michigan State’s football camp on June 18th, he is still solidly committed to Toledo. He informed me he just wanted to go out and compete at the camp. I fully expect him to stay committed, unless something dramatic happens.
10. OT Kelvin Ateman Jr., 6’4” 299lbs. Detroit, MI (Cass Technical)
Ateman, coming from such a powerhouse program in Cass Tech located in Detroit, Michigan he has been overshadowed by players like Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and Donovan Jones. However, he is a really intriguing prospect and a really good pick up for the staff. He is still somewhat of a project when he gets on campus, but the reward for him could be huge as he could end up being the next Storm Norton at Toledo.
11. OT Mitchell Berg, 6’5” 265lbs. Toledo, OH (St. John's Jesuit)
Berg is somewhat of an under the radar prospect out of St. Johns High School, a school where Toledo has had a lot of past success with. He only has one offer and that’s from Toledo, but he is a really talented offensive tackle. Like Ateman, he is a player that the Toledo coaching staff will need to develop and he’ll have to put more bulk on his frame if he wants to survive in the MAC.
12. OL Vincent McConnell, 6’6” 241lbs. Massillon, OH (Washington)
McConnell is currently listed as an offensive tackle by most recruiting sites, but I think he may end up at offensive guard or center at Toledo. I say that because he has the ability to play all across the offensive line due to his athleticism. However, he is also a prospect that will be put on the shelf for a few years as he develops and puts on more weight.
13. DT Devonte Dunn, 6’1” 276lbs. La Grange Park, IL (Nazareth Academy)
The rising two star prospect is a big, physical and versatile athlete that could play multiple positions at the next level. In high school, he played both offensive guard and defensive tackle but thanks to his ability to make tackles and plug holes in the middle, it looks like he’ll be a run stuffing big man in the middle of the Rocket defense for years to come.
14. DE Brendan Bordner, 6’5” 240lbs. Hilliard, OH (Hilliard Bradley)
Earlier in the week, Toledo’s top defensive end target James Hudson released a top ten list of schools and the Rockets did not make the list. Now Bordner has become Toledo’s biggest defensive end target and might be the biggest shot in the dark within the recruiting cycle. Bordner recently named Toledo with his list of top eight schools along with Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Rutgers, Toledo, and Vanderbilt. Even though Bordner doesn’t have a leader, Toledo looks to be very high on his list. He last visited Toledo on June 17th and he will be back on campus this fall for an official visit.
15. LB Anthony Crider, 6’1” 209lbs. Hookstown, PA (South Side)
Crider was a big pickup for the Toledo coaching staff. A few months ago, he won linebacker MVP at the opening regional in Columbus. He is a very athletic linebacker and a guy who will most likely play outside linebacker at Toledo. There aren’t many linebackers that are better pure tacklers in the class which should make him a great fit at the SAM or MIKE spot.
16. LB Derrick Barnes, 6’0” 241lbs. Louisville, KY (Holy Cross)
Barnes is another prospect who has been on the staff’s board for quite sometime and looks to be a really good option to end up in this class. I recently talked to Barnes and he informed me that Toledo was his leader and they were by a large margin. With Toledo’s need for more athletic and physical linebackers the staff will continue to recruit him hard. Barnes was last on Toledo’s campus in March and he won’t be back before his expected commitment which will be sometime around the dead period. The Rockets are in very good position to land Barnes.
17. LB Terry Straughter, 6'0" 215lbs. Opa Locka, FL (Miami Carol City)
Straughter is a name that many Toledo Rocket fans will not know. He holds offers from FIU, UAB, and Toledo and comes from a powerhouse high school football program called Miami Carol City. However, Toledo Scout has been informed that he is expected to commit to Toledo sometime next week and he is a expected take at linebacker for the coaching staff.
18. CB Jamal Allen, 5’11” 180lbs. Livonia, MI (Churchill)
Allen was a really impressive pickup for the Toledo coaching staff. He shocked a lot of people including me when he picked the Rockets over programs like Kentucky, Western Michigan, and others. With Toledo’s need for more defensive backs after this upcoming season due to them losing so many, I expect Allen to come in and contribute right away.
19. CB Tycen Anderson, 6’1” 183lbs. Toledo, OH (St. John's Jesuit)
Anderson was one of the first commitments the Toledo coaching staff landed in this cycle. He is one of the bigger cornerbacks out of the whole 2017 class at 6-foot-1, 183-pounds. Though he’s still a bit raw as a cover man, he can play with the best of them thanks to that length and ball hawking ability. Something every defensive coordinator wants and needs.
20. CB Melvin Jackson, 5’11” 160lbs. Lakewood, OH (St. Edward)
Jackson is currently the No. 1 target on Toledo’s defensive back board and he may be the safest non-committed name on the list at this point. Jackson recently visited Toledo back in March, but it won’t be too long before he is back on campus. During the summer, Jackson and his family plan to visit Toledo. Not to mention, they will also get an official visit from the St. Edwards High School standout in the fall. You add in his close relationship with Toledo’s defensive backs coach Cory Robinson, Toledo will most likely get a really good cornerback prospect.
21. S Letayveon Beaton, 5’11” 194lbs. Saint Petersburg, FL (Boca Ciega)
Beaton is a perfect fit at the strong safety position, a spot where he will most likely end up at. He’s a hard hitting safety with a big body frame, not afraid to come up and lay the wood out on receivers running across the middle.
22. S Saeed Holt, 6’0” 190lbs. Pittsburgh, PA (Woodland Hills)
Holt was somewhat of a surprise, Toledo Scout wasn’t exactly sure if he was a take for the staff. However, I guess his commitment to Toledo changed things. But this is a pretty good get for the Toledo coaching staff, he’s a fast, athletic, and a good cover safety. I could see Holt ending up at cornerback for the Rockets, but I would not count on it.
23. ATH Dakari Carter, 5’7” 153lbs. Streetsboro, OH (Streetsboro)
A three-time state champion in the 100 Meter Dash, Dakari Carter, is nothing to mess with when it comes to speed. This is a get that has a lot of Toledo fans really excited about the next few years. Despite the questions about his ACL tear Carter has fully recovered from his ACL tear and looks to have a dominant senior season for Streetsboro High School this fall. Now, we have heard that he may also end up playing cornerback, his future position is still in question, but the excitement isn't.
Stats Based On Class
Commitment Locations: California (1), Florida (3), Ohio (12), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Michigan (3), Pennsylvania (2).
Prospect Rankings: four-stars (2), three-stars (10), two-stars (9), not rated (2).
Just Missed The List
WR Cam Taylor
Taylor is one of the few prospects who could easily end up on in Toledo's 2017 recruiting class. However, it's unclear if there is room for him at the already crammed receiver spot. Even though the Rockets are his leader, he has offers from San Diego State and Indiana State, but is also hearing from Boise State, Mississippi State, Nevada, and more little schools. There are simply too many question marks and I'm not comfortable putting him on the list quite yet.
Hambright committed to Toledo back in May as a JUCO prospect. However, as we all know, he decided to decommit from the Rockets on Tuesday. His decommitment is no surprise to me at all, even if he didn't decommit this week I still would not have added him to this list. Why? Even when he had just committed to Toledo back in May he said he would still visit other programs. Since he committed, he has received offers from Memphis, Houston, and is now getting interest from Auburn and Georgia. He is still very interest in Toledo, but he wants to make sure he is making the right decision.
Harper is a big Toledo target on the defensive line board. He has been in a lot of contact with the Toledo coaching staff and has mutual interest in the Rockets. However, he has offers from Syracuse, Maryland, and Temple. Those are the schools he is leaning towards. If Toledo can get him on campus for a visit, things could change.
DE James Hudson
Hudson recently released a top ten and Toledo did not make the cut. He has told me multiple times that Toledo would probably not make the list, but will always be in the mix. I expect Toledo to get another visit from him, but the chances of him ending up at Toledo are slim to none. Michigan is the clear cut lead as of now.
LB Tim Terry
Terry has Toledo among his top three along with Bowling Green and Western Michigan. Even though he has a lot of connections to the Toledo program (his teammate, Ronnie Jones, is heading to Toledo). Toledo Scout is hearing that Western Michigan is his leader. Not only, but Derrick Barnes is higher on the board and there may not be room for him.
CB Faion Hicks
Hicks is right up with Melvin Jackson in terms of placement on the staff’s board. Despite the relationship with Toledo defensive backs coach Cory Robinson and the connections the both share being from Florida. Hicks’ hometown team, UCF, is his leader.
CB Nigel Graham
Graham only appears to be a take if Toledo misses out on Faion Hicks and Melvin Jackson. Due to the lack of recent contact between the coaching staff and Graham. I don’t see him even wanting to come to Toledo, Marshall looks like the destination.
Pitts is a major Toledo target and is a guy who would be a huge pickup. He recently visited Toledo back in July and it was a good visit. Despite his interest in the Toledo program, he is almost a lock to West Virginia.
ATH Noah Hamlin
Boston College is Hamlin’s leader within his recruitment. However, Toledo is within his top five along with Iowa State, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green. He was originally scheduled to visit Toledo a few weeks ago, but he had to reschedule. He plans to visit later this summer, and maybe things will change.
ATH Chauncy Smart
Smart out of all the prospects in the “just missed” column is probably the most likely to end up at Toledo. The Rockets are near the top for Smart and have been in the most contact with him. However, the questions remains if the staff will have room with him if they already have Harris. We’ll have to find out in the months to come.
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