EMU signing day 2013 preview
Today is signing day — the first day a high school senior can sign a National Letter of Intent for college football — and, as we did last year, we’ll take a quick look at the players expected to commit to EMU. Of course, the different recruiting services list different committed players and grade them differently, so we’ll look at those discrepancies also.
|Austin Barnes||P||NR||3 (#18 K)||–|
|Diondre Moore-Young||DB||2||NR (JUCO)||2|
|Willie Creear||DB||2||NR (JUCO)||2|
|Kent Collins||OL||2||NR (JUCO)||2|
|Brogan Roback||QB||4 (#31 QB)||3||4|
|Chris O’Risky||LS||2 (#7 LS)||2 (#13 LS)||–|
Scout and ESPN list 18 committed players — the same 18 — while Rivals, as well as 247Sports and MaxPreps list 12 each. There are a few clear standouts in this class, standouts being a relative term, of course, and one really notable discrepancy in how the services have graded the recruits.
Jaleel Canty is an across-the-board three star recruit, which is pretty good for EMU’s historical standards. ESPN lists Austin Barnes as a three-star recruit and the #18 kicker, plus he fills a need for the Eagles, with the graduation of three-year punter Jay Karutz. Chris O’Risky is rated as a top long-snapper by both Scout and ESPN, and he fills an even more critical need, as the graduation of both Mike Zupancic and Matt Bowman left no long-snappers on the roster. Dwayne Brown, a probably offensive guard, is another across-the-board three-star recruit, continuing EMU’s recent history of solid o-line recruiting.
One minor discrepancy relates to David Pulliam, who’s listed variously as a quarterback, running back, safety, linebacker, and tight end. I’m assuming he’s an all-around athlete, who’ll get a look at safety and wide receiver at EMU, depending on how he does in practice and on team need.
The final standout in this class brings us to our big discrepancy. Brogan Roback, who committed fairly early to EMU, and whose sister, Paige, has played volleyball for the Eagles for the past three years, is rated as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout, with the latter ranking him as the #31 quarterback in this year’s class. Another quarterback, Brandon Bossard, was also an early commit for EMU, and while Scout and Rivals each give him two stars, well below Roback, ESPN lists both quarterbacks with three stars, and actually grades Bossard slightly better.
Overall, this is a small recruiting class, and slightly tilted toward the defense. As we’ve seen assistant coaches come and go during this off-season, I’ve wondered if that might be hurting recruiting. It may be that we’ll see a few of these verbal commitments fail to sign with EMU, due to the coaching turnover.
We’ll know soon enough. Stay tuned…