The Toledo Rockets have been on a great pace in the 2017 recruiting class thus far. As Scout currently shows, the Rockets have 23 current commitments with 15 three-stars, good for No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference, just above the Western Michigan Broncos who are recovering from the loss of head coach, P.J. Fleck in terms of recruiting. In the Glass City, Jason Candle in the Rockets are satisfied with where they currently sit but still have a few questions left to answer prior to Wednesday.
First, the recruitment of longtime Toledo commit, Michael Warren. Warren had committed to Toledo on September 12, days after visiting for the home opener against Maine but the Toledo Central Catholic runningback decommitted just days ago after recent visits to Cincinnati and Minnesota. Now, the Rockets remain hot after their one-time anchor of the recruiting class in terms of need and immediate value. The Rockets were ready to plug Warren, the hometown product, into their offense extremely quickly after the loss of superstar, Kareem Hunt to the National Football League. The Rockets will return Terry Swanson and Arthur Thompkins, two dynamic runningbacks but they could certainly use a third. Jason Candle and his staff will remain hot on Warren until his fax comes in on Wednesday, to whichever school he chooses. Right now, I'd say there's certainly a good chance he remains in Toledo, especially with a family and children in the city. However, his father does have ties to Cincinnati and Digger Phillips while playing in the Big Ten at Minnesota sounds nice as well. We'll have the latest on his signing.
It's a deep class at wide receiver but a recent loss of Trent Cloud could be substantial. The Rockets have been after several big named wide receivers since early spring and they have received verbal commitments from many of them. In fact, three-star wide out, Nick Kovacs was an early enrollee and is already on the Toledo campus. Behind him, the Rockets have local product Bryce Mitchell who is a very athletic possession receiver. Darius Corbett out of Tampa, Fla. is another interesting name to keep an eye on. Corbett has been a Toledo commit for several months but has recently taken an official visit to Buffalo, telling us he "loved it." The current Rocket commit will be on campus this weekend for his final official visit before his signature makes it all official, it'll be interesting to see if he remains with the Midnight Blue & Gold as well. The Rockets lost three-star speedster Trent Cloud of Bedford, Ohio in the recent days as he flipped to Cincinnati without much warning. Now, the Rockets could be in a position to add another wide receiver - keep an eye on Pittsburgh product Noah Hamlin. We'll keep you posted.
Despite the outstanding class rankings for the Rockets, can they remain No. 1 in the MAC? Obviously, it's nothing that anyone will admit they look at within the walls of Larimer Athletic Complex. However, it means a lot to have the No. 1 class in your conference. The Western Michigan Broncos, as stated, are still licking their wounds so to speak after the departure of head coach P.J. Fleck. However, they've recovered fairly well with new head coach, Tim Lester. We'll see how the Rockets fair on Wednesday but currently, Toledo remains just a few spots ahead of Lester and those Broncos. Either way, this class will be extremely special. We'll have the full breakdown on our Twitter @RocketsScout as the faxes come in plus a full class breakdown Wednesday on our site! Stay tuned.