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2004 MAC Football Recruiting

Below is the 2004 MAC Football Recruiting Analysis. Data has been taken from dozens of public sources, including regional newspapers that cover MAC schools, several "guru" publications and utilized various Internet sources, and all 14 MAC sports information directors for providing information for their respected schools.

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 let’s 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 consider this year’s MAC football recruiting class to be the very best class since I’ve been doing these reports in 1999.  With all of the national TV exposure, national ranked teams, Heisman candidates, ESPN Game Day visit and the general public’s realization that the MAC plays top notch football, MAC teams across the board brought in tremendous talent this season.  More than ever before, players throughout these classes had multiple offers from BCS schools but choose to go to MAC schools to become the next Randy Moss or Ben Roethlisberger.  Kudos to the coaches and their staffs for putting together such incredible recruiting classes once again this year.  Some of the BCS schools that lost out on multiple players to MAC schools include Kentucky, West Virginia, Kansas State, Nebraska, Indiana & Iowa.  One school that raided the MAC at the last second and took quality players away from MAC programs was Cincinnati with their new coach who came from Ohio State.

One final note on my rankings, I do not take into consideration in my rankings on any possible non-qualifiers.  I do not receive any grade transcripts and I do not report on any second-hand information on who may be, or will be, a Prop 48 casualty this fall.  

Within the detail and listings of the recruits on the team’s analysis are the general grades within my usual format of: OUTSTANDING, EXCELLENT, VERY GOOD & AVERAGE.

Again, much of this analysis is subjective, so after clicking on your desired MAC team to read about, post thoughts on the various Message Boards provided on this site, or send me an Email from the home page.

-Nick Gerogosian-



VandelaySports MAC Recruiting Champs Through the Years

2004                        Toledo
2003                        UCF
2002                        UCF
2001                        Western Michigan
2000                        Marshall
1999                        Marshall

OUTSTANDING

Toledo

Marshall

Bowling Green

 

EXCELLENT

Miami

NIU

Western Michigan

 

VERY GOOD

Central Michigan

 

Ohio

 

UCF

 

Akron

Ball State

   

GOOD-AVERAGE

Eastern Michigan

Kent State

Buffalo


 

The Top 25 Freshmen

 

 

1

Anthony Turner

QB

Bowling Green

2

Kyle Israel

QB

UCF

3

Britt Davis

QB

NIU

4

Alex Engram

QB

Western Michigan

5

Gabe Hatchett

WR

Toledo

6

DeMarko Hughes

DT

Eastern Michigan

7

Jermaine Filer

WR

Marshall

8

Trumaine Smith

WR

Toledo

9

Marcus Fitzgerald

WR

Marshall

10

Alfred Martin

DT

Toledo

11

Ryan Tuggle

TE

NIU

12

Jimmy Calhoun

RB

Miami

13

Keith Shologan

DT

UCF

14

Jared Elliott

QB

Miami

15

Jemall Benjamin

LB

Akron

16

Cedrick Maxwell

LB

Kent State

17

Adell Givens

DB

Ball State

18

Jeff Browning

DT

Ohio

19

Mark Bonds

RB

Western Michigan

20

Brian Brunner

QB

Central Michigan

21

Jalen Parmale

RB

Toledo

22

Mark Bonds

RB

Western Michigan

23

Nate Waldron

DB

Bowling Green

24

Matt Parkhurst

TE/DE

Marshall

25

Greg Egbuogo

DT

Eastern Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 20 "Sleepers"

 

 

1

Bilal El-Amin

DE

Marshall

2

Darius Hill

WR

Ball State

3

Andrew Hartline

OL

Central Michigan

4

Raybin Williams

DE

Toledo

5

Marc Orosz

RB

Western Michigan

6

James Houston

DB/QB

Marshall

7

Phil McNeal

DT

Kent State

8

Diyral Biggs

DE/TE

Bowling Green

9

CJ Gruber

OL

Akron

10

Jacob Venson

DB

UCF

11

Mark Petruziello

QB

Ohio

12

Greg Hay

DB/OLB

Toledo

13

Robert Yealu

TE

Buffalo

14

Andrew Cribbs

OL

Central Michigan

15

Steve Miller

OL

Ohio

16

Andrew Decker

OL

Toledo

17

Joseph Schaefer

DE

Bowling Green

18

Kurt Shoemaker

QB

Akron

19

Brandon Ledbetter

WR

Western Michigan

20

Brian Flaherty

QB

Akron

 

2004 MAC Recruits