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2002 Recruiting Analysis

Below is the 2002 MAC Football Recruiting Analysis. Data has been taken from several sources to bring together this in-depth compilation. These sources included several published newspapers such as the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Inquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Chicago Sun Times, Indianapolis Star, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Buffalo News, The Herald-Dispatch, Orlando Sentinel & Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Also, I have subscribed to several "guru" publications such as Midwest Recruiting News by Bill Kurelic, Tom Lemming Recruiting Services and also utilized various Internet sources. Finally, I would like to thank the entire current 14 MAC sports information directors provided information who assisted in this analysis.

Like many recruiting forums, please keep in mind that most of these kids are anywhere from 17-years to 20-years old, so these rankings are very subjective. Many things can happen to a young man in his college-playing career like injuries, grades, personal issues, or lack of anticipated development that can hinder how a class may really pan out. And letís not forget the late bloomers either who rarely show up on the recruiting radar screen and end up becoming all-conference players and sometimes even NFL players. The only way to know how good a class really has been is to look at them after they have graduated in four or five years.

I would like to make one general comment and that is this is by far the best talent I have ever witnessed coming into this conference! I cannot believe how good some of these kids are in terms or their accomplishments on and off of the field, and many had attractive offers from schools from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big East, Big Twelve & Mountain West programs, so kudos to the coaches and their staffs for putting together some incredible recruiting classes across the board. Overall, I submit that the West division teams did a little better than the East division teams. As many as five schools from the West division had their best recruiting classes ever! The East did well also, but probably does not have as much fanfare as the West in my opinion.

Within the detail and listings of the recruits on the teamís analysis, grades are determined from the following summary; OUTSTANDING, EXCELLENT, VERY GOOD & AVERAGE. Last year, I had Western Michigan as my top class, and in 1999, I tabbed Marshall #1. So who is this year? Just take a look below, read, and enjoy. Again, much of this analysis is subjective, so post thoughts on the Message Board provided on this site, or talk about it on other popular MAC message boards. -Nick Gerogosian-

Divisional Class Rankings with MAC Rankings in (***)
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EAST

1) UCF (1) Experts say national Top-50; I say Top-30!
2) Ohio University (6) Terrific class for a team that went 1-10.
3) Marshall (8) Limited scholarships; quality talent in small class.
4) Akron (9) Line prospects highlight this class.
5) Buffalo (10) Continuing to build a stronger talent base.
6) Miami (13) A couple of gems found in this small class.
7) Kent State (14) Seven players from Maryland highlight this class.

WEST

1) Toledo (2) Tremendous skill at all positions; schoolís best.
2) Northern Illinois (3) Novak continues to bring high talent to DeKalb.
3) Bowling Green (4) Talented class that spans the country.
4) Ball State (5) Broadening recruiting horizons pays off.
5) Eastern Michigan (7) Possibly best class in school history.
6) Central Michigan (11) Recruiting Michigan much better again.
7) Western Michigan (12) Several JUCOs to fill needed areas.

The Top 30 Incoming Freshmen

1

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Twin Kalandyk

LB

UCF

2

-

Quinton Broussard

RB

Toledo

3

-

Omar Jacobs

QB

BGSU

4

-

Adrian Davis

RB

NIU

5

-

Matt Vogele

LB

Miami

6

-

Tank Tunstalle

RB

Marshall

7

-

Michael Radon

QB

Buffalo

8

-

Larry Peoples

OT

UCF

9

-

Brad Seiss

RB

Ball State

10

-

Mike Donaldson

OT

Akron

11

-

Jamar Landrum

DB

Toledo

12

-

Mike Berry

DE

Akron

13

-

Jamar White

DE

EMU

14

-

Vincent Davis

LB

Ball State

15

-

Terna Nande

LB

Miami

16

-

Duane Robinson

DE

WMU

17

-

Eric Karbowski

OL

CMU

18

-

Raishaun Stover

RB

BGSU

19

-

Astin Martin

RB

Toledo

20

-

Dominic Moran

OL

WMU

21

-

Chris Welch

DE

UCF

22

-

Derek Broussard

LB

Ball State

23

-

Ahmona Maxwell

WR

Ohio U.

24

-

A.J. Harris

RB

NIU

25

-

Dan Veenstra

OL

UCF

26

-

Frank Sanders

DB

Ohio U.

27

-

Dennis Doe

DB

CMU

28

-

Chris Jackson

WR

Ball State

29

-

Kevin Wiggins

OL

Buffalo

30

-

Elijah Brooks

RB

Kent State

The Top 15 JUCO or Transfers

1

-

Chad Mascoe

LB

UCF

2

-

DeMarcus Johnson

DT

UCF

3

-

Steve Williams

DT

NIU

4

-

"Big Country" Smith

DE

UCF

5

-

Noah Washington

OL

NIU

6

-

Rick McFadden

QB

Akron

7

-

Roy Williams

DE

UCF

8

-

Justin LeMay

WR

WMU

9

-

Cedric Stevens

QB

Toledo

10

-

David Ashkinaz

OL

UCF

11

-

Cedric Gagne Marcoux

OL

UCF

12

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Jesus Yanez

OL

BGSU

13

-

Maurice Hart

DB

WMU

14

-

Rashad Clark

DE

Buffalo

15

-

Chad Mickelson

WR

Toledo

The Top 20 "Sleepers"

1

-

Brad Young

RB

Ohio U.

2

-

Eric Pittman

DT

NIU

3

-

Josh Williams

WR

Miami

4

-

James Vann

DB

Buffalo

5

-

Derrick Bush

Ath

Kent State

6

-

Ryan Steele

OL

Ball State

7

-

Joey Card

WR

Miami

8

-

Joe DiGiorgio

Ath

Buffalo

9

-

Jay Rohr

LB

Akron

10

-

Zach Harris

LB

EMU

11

-

Chad Breeden

DB

UCF

12

-

Jimmy Skinner

QB

Marshall

13

-

Markus Naves

WR

CMU

14

-

Tremaine Suggs

WR

Ohio U.

15

-

Joe Chapple

WR

WMU

16

-

Courtney Evans

WR

EMU

17

-

Anthony Jordan

LB

Toledo

18

-

Brian White

LB

Akron

19

-

P.J. Pope

RB

BGSU

20

-

Craigh Rafdal

OL

Kent State