Recruiting Class Breakdown: Offense

With just one month left before signing day, how is Toledo 2009 recruiting class shaping up? Read on to find information on the prospects that have already verbally committed to the University of Toledo, how many players we should expect to see at each position, and who might fill out the rest of the class.

There is actually less than a month to go until football prospects can sign national letters of intent with the collegiate football programs they will be joining in the fall. So what can we expect in Toledo's 2009 class? Here is a breakdown of the offensive positions.

We start at the quarterback position. The Rockets have four returning quarterbacks on scholarship for 2009. Kettering Alter's Austin Boucher verbally committed to Toledo for the class of 2009, and is expected to sign a NLI (National Letter of Intent) with Toledo on February 4th.

Boucher is a 6-1, 190 pound quarterback that has the wheels to run the ball and the accuracy to throw the ball at the Division I level. Despite being committed to Toledo for quite some time, schools such as Iowa, Ohio State, and Georgia Tech have been recruiting the Dayton, OH star. Boucher fits into the type of spread offense that the Rockets are going to run under first year head coach Tim Beckman, and he continues to say that he is solidly committed to Toledo.

It's possible that Austin Boucher could be the only quarterback signed by the Rockets, but don't be surprised if he is not the only one. Willoughby South QB Patrick Nicely has been on Toledo's radar and visited campus on 12/12/2008. The 6-5, 207 pound quarterback also has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio University, and has been hearing from Central Michigan. He has visited Akron already and plans on visits to Ohio and Central Michigan still. He will likely choose between Toledo, Akron, Ohio, and Central Michigan.

Cleveland South High School standout quarterback Devontae Payne is another prospect that could end up in Toledo. He has offers from Toledo, Akron, and more recently Eastern Michigan. He visited Akron on December 5th and then visited Toledo on December 19th. He is visiting Eastern Michigan this weekend, and is likely to decide between those three schools at some point this month.

Another quarterback on the radar is Tallahassee, FL standout Austin Dantin. Dantin is 6-2 and 185 pounds. He fits the type of quarterback that would run Toledo's spread offense very well. He has offers from Toledo, Appalachian State, Army, and Central Michigan. It appears that he will choose between Toledo, Appalachian State, Army, and CMU. He is visiting Central Michigan on the 16th of this month and Appalachian State on the 23rd. He is also expected to visit Toledo and Army sometime in January.

Obviously Toledo cannot take all of these prospects, so the first one to commit to Toledo might be the lucky one to join Austin Boucher in this class.

Toledo already has a commitment from a slot receiver/running back prospect in local athlete Eric Page. The 5-10 speedster from Springfield High School in Holland, OH is expected to play some slot, running back, and return kicks at Toledo. Page chose the Rockets over several offers from most of the MAC.

John Pettigrew is a running back prospect from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy that has an offer from Toledo. He has visited Eastern Michigan and Kent State already, and both have offered. He also has offers from Akron and Bowling Green, which he plans to visit. His other two offers our Toledo and Ohio University, and he will likely take a visit to one of those schools. Stay tuned to Rocket Digest over the next few weeks to see if Pettigrew visits Toledo.

Toledo has a commitment from one wide receiver already, Richard Drake of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA. The 6-3, 175 pound receiver has excellent speed, a common theme of many of the commitments in this class. Drake is committed to Toledo, but taking official visits to Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee in January to make sure Toledo's the right fit. Drake's speed would fit Toledo's offense perfectly, and he could become the next Lance Moore type of player at Toledo.

Toledo will likely bring in 2-3 receivers, not counting Eric Page at the slot receiver position. Another receiver high on the list with an offer from Toledo is Perez Ashford. Ashford is another speedy prospect, and he stands at 6-1 and 180 pounds. He visited Toledo on December 12th. He has offers from Toledo, Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Ohio University, and Syracuse. He appears to be favoring Toledo, Northern Illinois, and Ohio University. With his speed, he is another receiver with the potential to be a Lance Moore type of player at Toledo.

Micah Hyde from Fostoria High School is another player on the radar. He has an offer from most of the MAC, but seems to be looking for a Big Ten offer. Still, he is someone that still could slip into this class.

On the offensive line, Toledo has a verbal commitment from Olentangy Liberty prospect Zac Kerin. Zac originally committed to Bowling Green, but switched to Toledo after Matt Campbell left the BG staff and joined the UT staff. Kerin is 6-4 and 265 pounds.

Expect Toledo to bring in at least one more offensive lineman in the 2009 class. One player on the radar is Kettering Alter's Evan Neff. Neff is 6-4, and he could end up following teammate Austin Boucher to Toledo.

Another player that Toledo offered for the offensive line is John Wetzel of Pittsburgh, PA. Wetzel is 6-7 and 265 pounds. He has offers from Toledo, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Miami University. He has an official visit setup to Boston College, but no offer at this time. He could land in Toledo.

Toledo recently offered kicker Scott Blasinsky from Padua Franciscan High School. The Rockets would like to bring a kicker in with this class, and Blasinsky could fit the bill.

That wraps up the offensive positions. Below is a breakdown of how many players at each offensive position Toledo could sign this February.

Quarterback -- 1-2
Running Back/Slot -- 1-2
Wide Receiver/Tight End -- 2-3
Offensive Line -- 2-3
Kicker -- 1

The Rockets can fill up to 22 scholarships with this class, and are likely to take anywhere from about 18-22 student-athletes. Look for somewhere in the range of 7-11 on the offensive side of the ball.

Be sure to check back on Rocket Digest in a few days from the defensive breakdown for the Rockets 2009 recruiting class.

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