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EMU signing day 2013 preview

February 6, 2013

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.

Name Position Scout ESPN Rivals
Jaleel Canty DB 3 3 3
Austin Barnes P NR 3 (#18 K) -
Diondre Moore-Young DB 2 NR (JUCO) 2
Lavonte Robinson LB 2 NR 2
David Pulliam ? 2 NR -
Willie Creear DB 2 NR (JUCO) 2
Derrick Dunlap DE 2 NR 2
Kent Collins OL 2 NR (JUCO) 2
Deshai Powell DE 3 NR 2
Dwayne Brown OL 3 3 3
Derric Williams LB 2 NR -
Daquan Pace DB 2 NR 2
Austin Stone WR 2 NR 2
Jacob King WR 2 2 -
Brogan Roback QB 4 (#31 QB) 3 4
Chris O’Risky LS 2 (#7 LS) 2 (#13 LS) -
Duwhan Alford TE 2 NR -
Brandon Bossard QB 2 3 2

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…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    February 6, 2013 4:57 pm

    Dear cmadler,
    I think Eastern did well in their current class, and should offer some good competition within the ranks this fall. Of course only time will tell, especially since there will also be some new coaches coming into the season. I just hope things jell and Eastern gets back on a winning trail.

  2. Chief Huron permalink
    February 7, 2013 8:20 am

    This class was ranked number 5 in the MAC as was last year’s 2012 class. You might recall that during the previous coach’s recruiting EMU was often ranked between 11-13. Last year’s class (2012) was ranked 77 and this year’s was ranked 85th.

  3. Ken permalink
    February 7, 2013 9:51 am

    I don’t put much stock in the rankings. I guess I base my experience on the NFL drafts and all the highly touted draft picks that turn out to be busts. I mean if the people ranking a much smaller pool of candidates can’t do a good job, I can’t imagine what it’s like for the people that are trying to ranking millions of high school kids. Especially when you consider the disparities of talent amongst the high schools (even within the same divisions). I would imagine that it would be even worse than the disparities amongst Division 1A (despite the best efforts of the FCS mafia, i can’t bring myself to call it that). And then factor in that high school bodies are still developing…so what was a highly touted recruit ends up being a highly touted bust and vice versa (just look at Jake Long).

  4. February 20, 2013 6:18 pm

    Barnes (P) should pan out to be a good “get.” According to Belleville News Democrat article, he was offered preferred walk-on status with AL, ND & MN in addition to other small D1 schools 4 year scholarship offers, but selected EMU.

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