Recruiting 2010: Offense

The NLI's are signed and delivered. Now it's time to start grading the class. The following article grades the offensive recruits in Toledo's 2010 football recruiting class. The class has been graded based on a number of factors, including talent and team needs. Read on for more.

Quarterback - Toledo hauled in a couple of athletes that could play quarterback in EJ Tucker and Dwight Macon. Tucker (6-3, 207) has good size and can really run. He has the potential to be a QB in the spread offense, but he could also play a number of positions, including wide receiver. Macon (6-0, 190) is coming to Toledo to compete for the starting quarterback position. He has very good speed and a strong arm. Some experts think he is too small for quarterback, but let's not forget Chase Daniels was only 5-11 and turned out to be a very good QB in Missouri's spread offense. I rate this position a solid B in the 2010 recruiting class.


Running Back - Toledo has a lot of depth at running back. Only one running back was brought in for the 2010 class, but he is a good one. David Fluellen was First Team All-State at running back in the state of New York this past fall. Fluellen is 6-0, 204 pounds, and runs a 4.4 forty yard dash. He's got the talent to compete for playing time right away at a position that is pretty deep. I rate this position a B+.


Wide Receiver - With the graduations of Stephen Williams and Robin Bailey, this was an area of concern. However, this class should fill those concerns. James Green of Tallahassee, FL is a steal for Toledo. Green originally signed with Tennessee out of high school last year after having 810 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns his senior year of high school. There was a problem with a test score and he was not admitted into Tennessee. He is now qualified and enrolled in classes at Toledo in January. He chose to enroll at Toledo over offers from Minnesota and Rutgers.

Bernard Reedy of St Petersburg, FL is another big get for Toledo at the receiver position. Reedy, 5-8 and 165 pounds, is a speedy receiver (4.4 forty yard dash) that was also a good running back and defensive back in high school. He will play receiver at Toledo. He is a trememdous athlete that had several offers, including Iowa, Iowa State, and Syracuse.

Cassius McDowell of Deerfield Beach, FL played running back in high school, but he will play receiver at Toledo. The 5-9, 165 pound athlete had some big offers from the likes of Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Many of those offers eventually dried up because the schools filled up at the position they were recruiting him for.

These three receivers are all capable of coming in and playing right away at Toledo, especially James Green who is already on campus and will participate in spring classes. EJ Tucker may also get a look at wide receiver with the Rockets. Toney Foster of Cleveland Glenville High School is also coming in as a greyshirt that will enroll in classes in January of 2011.

One more person coming in is Cordale Scott. Scott was a four star prospect coming out of high school at Cleveland Glenville. He signed with Illinois over several big offers, including Wisconsin and Ohio State. He left Illinois after fall semester and is currently enrolled in classes at Toledo. Scott is a 6-3, 210 pound wide receiver with a lot of talent. He will likely have to sit out this fall, but he still has his redshirt year available and then will have two years of eligibility left.

This is the best group of receivers Toledo has ever brought in. A lot of really good talent that can make an immediate impact. I grade this position an A+ in the 2010 recruiting class for the Rockets.


Tight End - Toledo has brought in one tight end in this class, and he's a good one. Gerard Atkins is a 6-5, 250 pound tight end from St Petersburg, FL. He originally signed with South Florida in the 2010 recruiting class. However, USF oversigned and was told he could not go on scholarship until January. During the fall he was told that there was not a spot for him at USF anymore, and he started to look elsewhere. He ended up choosing Toledo over Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, FIU, FAU, and Northern Illinois.

Coming out of high school Atkins was ranked the #99 tight end prospect in the country by Scout.com. He has four years of eligibility remaining and is currently enrolled in classes at Toledo. I rate the tight end position a B in Toledo's 2010 recruiting class.


Offensive Line - Toledo has brought in a solid group for the offensive line. Robert Lisowski comes to Toledo after one year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, but he is originally from Union, NJ. The 6-4, 305 pound lineman chose Toledo over offers from Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, and Western Kentucky. He is currently enrolled in classes at Toledo.

The other three offensive lineman that have signed with Toledo are all from the state of Ohio. Jeff Myers of Massillon Washington High School chose Toledo over Eastern Michigan and is rated the #73 offensive guard prospect in the country by Scout.com. He is 6-3 and 293 pounds.

Josh Hendershot is a 6-4, 265 pound offensive lineman from Newark, OH. He is rated the #83 offensive guard prospect in the country by Scout.com. Hendershot chose Toledo over offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, and Kent State.

Greg Mancz is the final offensive line signee. The Cincinnati, OH native is 6-5 and 270 pounds. He chose Toledo over offers from Air Force and Ohio University.

Overall the Rockets brought in four solid prospects for the offensive line. Robert Lisowski could compete for immediate playing time. I rate the offensive line position a B+.


Breakdown:
Quarterback - B
Running Back - B+
Receiver - A+
Tight End - B
Offensive Line - B+
Overall Offensive Grade - B+

Offensive Summary - This is the best class in the MAC and the best in the history of Toledo Rockets football, on paper. I have rated this class a B+ on offense, mostly because I believe this is just the beginning and I am not grading this class based on a typical MAC recruiting class. Quite frankly it is not a typical MAC recruiting class.....it is better than that.

This is the type of class that will help bring Toledo back up to the upper echelon of the MAC, and there are plenty of athletes in this class that can make an impact right away this fall. Getting several guys enrolled in January, gives them a chance to participate in winter conditioning and spring practices.

Guys like WR James Green, WR Bernard Reedy, WR Cassius McDowell, OL Robert Lisowski, TE Gerard Atkins, and RB David Fluellen could all be big contributors right away this fall.


Top Three Offensive Players:
WR James Green
WR Bernard Reedy
RB David Fluellen


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