With the season approaching quickly, recruits will be visiting campus and coming to games. Before the chaos of the season begins, we take a look at a snapshot of the current 2018 AAC recruiting rankings and where they rank nationally (national ranking is in parentheses).
*All rankings are from 8/8/17 from 247Sports
Luke Fickell’s first recruiting class (now that he has time to put it together) is shaping up to be one of the school’s best. Cincinnati currently has 17 recruits committed, including one four-star and 15 three-stars. Top commit Malik Vann is the 13th best defensive end in the nation.
Charlie Strong can recruit with the best coaches in the nation, and the Bulls are beginning to see that. USF already has 23 commits, tied for second most in the country currently. Running back Brian Norris would bring nice size to the position at 6’2”, 220 pounds.
The Cougars currently have 20 recruits committed with 16 being three-star recruits. With wide receiver being a team need, Major Applewhite has added four receivers to the class so far. After finishing 71st in 2017, Houston is hoping they can add a few more recruits to potentially jump into the top 50 this year.
Scott Frost has just 14 recruits committed in this class, but 13 are three-star recruits. He has enticed top talent to come to campus - finished with the best G5 last last year and signed the highest G5 recruit in the 2017 class, Cordarrian Richardson. UCF appears poised to have another great class.
Matt Rhule may be gone, but Geoff Collins is already making a smooth transition on the recruiting trail. 19 Recruits have committed to the Owls, and eight will line up on either the offensive or defensive line.
The Mustangs have 19 recruits, including 12 three-star athletes, but just two of them are ranked in 247 Sports top 1,000. If Chad Morris can get a few quality recruits to come to campus, this class could be in the top 60. If he can’t, expect this class to drop in the rankings.
Scottie Montgomery has already equaled the number of three-star recruits from his 2017 class with 11 this year already. Quarterback Holton Ahlers highlights the class as the 19th ranked dual-threat quarterback.
A small class so far for the Tigers means that Mike Norvell will be making plenty of additions. Memphis ranks low because they only have 14 recruits in their class. Two three-star cornerbacks lead the way, but could be in the middle of the class once Norvell can add to it.
With 30 recruits, the Midshipmen have the largest class in the country, but only seven are considered three-stars. Service Academies are so difficult to gauge in recruiting, but Navy is in a comfortable spot so far.
The second smallest class in the conference goes to the Green Wave, but there are some quality commits. Tulane kept Jamiran James in state, and beat out Louisville for safety Jamal Anderson.
In his first year back as head coach, Randy Edsall already has the Huskies in a better position than last year. After finishing 103rd in 2017, Edsall already has 14 recruits which includes the third best safety in the state in Dillon Harris.
Tulsa has the smallest class in the conference, but there is still plenty of time to improve their ranking. For perspective, UConn was 103rd last year with 21 total recruits, and Tulsa is there with just eight. Philip Montgomery has proven he can recruit, and has already added the fourth best cornerback in the nation in Ben Sutton.