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MAC recruiting update

By mrasor Published: August 24, 2007

Football
Recruiting is an exciting business, but what always has fascinated me is which teams a player turns down in favor of their ultimate suitor.
That, in my opinion, is the best way to get a grasp on the player's talent. For example, we knew Almondo Sewell would be an immediate contributor based on Al Groh and Virginia's desire to lock him up. The level of competition should say much more than an arbitrary ranking from a Web site's "scouts."

    That said, I will list whom each team has beaten so far this recruiting season.
    Akron - 2 recruits. Beat out Cincinnati, Indiana, West Virginia and Minnesota (for cornerback Marvase Byrd). Quarterback Jordan Miller had no other offers. Ball State - 0 recruits. Bowling Green - 1 recruit. He is an "athlete" without any other offers. Buffalo - 0 recruits. Central Michigan - 2 recruits. Beat out Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ball State and Bowling Green for a quarterback. The other player, a running back, had no other offers. Eastern Michigan - 2 recruits. Neither player, a center and defensive end, have other offers. Kent State - 1 recruit. The player, Charles Walls, is an offensive tackle from Virginia with no other offers. Miami - 8 recruits. Beat out Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Kansas, Akron (on quarterback Zac Dysert and linebacker Luke Kelly), Ball State, Central Michigan, Wyoming, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Rice, Army, Kent State, Middle Tennessee State, Navy, Air Force and Alabama-Birmingham. Northern Illinois - 1 recruit. Beat out Central Michigan for an offensive guard. Ohio - 0 recruits. Temple - 11 recruits. Beat out Army and UCF on an offensive guard. Toledo - 1 recruit. The player, outside linebacker Kurtis Rassan, had no other offers. Western Michigan - 4 recruits. Beat out Akron (for tight end Blake Hammond), Kansas State and Eastern Michigan.

How do you analyze those numbers? Well, it certainly shows Temple recruits are high on quantity, bare-bones on quality. Miami is putting together a terrific class. Also, it's pretty apparent there is little discrepancy between the worst BCS teams and best MAC teams. Results in recent games confirm that.
The Zips will play a mock game tomorrow. It's not open to the public, but I'll give you plenty of information. Also, I'll spend the next five days answering the questions I posed at the beginning of camp.
Volleyball
Akron swept its first day of competition, logging wins over La Salle and Rider.
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