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Ranking the Best Sleeper Recruits in Each 2016 CUSA West Signing Class

While three star athletes build the foundation for college football programs, it's often the guys that received little love from the recruiting services that push a program to lasting success.

Coach Bill Clark signed a ton of great athletes in his 2016 UAB signing class
Coach Bill Clark signed a ton of great athletes in his 2016 UAB signing class
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Zach Hannibal - CB - Ouachita Parish High School (Monroe, LA)

Hannibal does have some short comings as he doesn't have the blazing speed you would like to see in a cornerback but his ability to play physical man defense makes up for his relative lack of speed. Standing at 6'1", Hannibal has the length to disrupt passes once the ball is in the air and his quick feet keep him in phase with his receiver. If Hannibal beefs up throughout a redshirt season he could be a beast in press coverage.

UNT Mean Green

Jameel Moore - CB - Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas)

Moore looks fairly diminutive on film but he plays a lot larger than his measurables. The Cedar Hill product has terrific speed, matching some great receivers step for step on his film. Moore hits really hard for a guy his size, creating turnovers and pass break ups after the catch. The only question with Moore will be his ability to physically compete with larger receivers but I imagine practice reps against high school teammate and Ole Miss signee Demarkus Lodge will have him up for the challenge.

Rice Owls
Aaron Cephus - WR - Dekaney High School (Houston, Texas)

Cephus is raw as a route runner but his combination of length and speed will make him a tough cover in Conference USA. At 6'4", 195 pounds, Cephus will be one of the largest receivers in FBS if he continues to build muscle in Rice's fantastic strength and conditioning development program. Outside of his sheer athleticism, Cephus displays some sick hands on his film, snagging off-target throws across his body, often with just one hand on the ball.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Andre Hale II - RB - Lake Nona High School (Orlando, FL)

There are a lot of great players to choose from in USM's class but I really like the work-horse ability Hale shows in his film. Hale played in a pass-happy offense which may have helped keep him under the radar. A north/south runner, Hale has good balance on his feet and a strong core allows him to excel at making cuts and changing directions. In a high school interview, Hale said his pass blocking ability is his biggest strength. Hale didn't have to face many defenders at the first level in high school but his 200 pound frame should be able to take contact at the line of scrimmage at the next level.

UAB Blazers

Jordan Jamison - OT - Lafayette (Oxford, Mississippi)

So many guys to choose from. Literally, so many. But Jordan Jamison gets the nod thanks to his unbelievable, God-given stature. Most guys with Jamison's frame that play at the G5 level are huge projects that need to lose 30-40 pounds of bad weight but Jamison doesn't look like a CiCi's buffet 300 pounder. Given that he'll have a redshirt year in 2016 by default, Jamison could easily be a four year starter for the Blazers.

He's been a bit spoiled by his physical advantage at the high school level so he has some bad habits that the UAB staff will need to coach out of him. If you watch the direction his shoulders are pointed and the way his weight sits in his three-point stance you can predict where his block is going pretty accurately. Definitely not the worst knock to have on an athlete coming out of high school as it's a flaw that's easily corrected.

UTEP Miners

Jared Goldwire - DT - Kentwood High School (Covington, WA)

Goldwire has limitless potential. The 6'6", 294 pound defensive tackle has been clocked at 5.2 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He certainly has the frame to play at over 300 pounds so I think it's a near-certainty that he'll move to the interior of the defensive line at the collegiate level despite playing some defensive end in high school. Goldwire controls his opposition with his hands and is strong enough to be a disruptive force along the line of scrimmage.

Edit: Our friends at Miner Rush let us know that Goldwire will be moving to the OL in college. Goldwire could play  both in the inside and outside and has the quick feet needed to get to the next level.

UTSA Roadrunners

Eric Banks - ATH - Memphis East High (Memphis, TN)

I've been gushing with praise over Banks since National Signing Day and my expectations for him have only increased since then. He's a rare breed of athlete at 6'5", 215 pounds with the speed to play all over the field. While Banks played quarterback in high school, I'm shocked more schools didn't offer him as an athlete.

With UTSA having nearly zero depth at linebacker and defensive end I can see Banks finding early playing time as a freshman despite having only one FBS offer out of high school. Banks is raw as a defensive end and doesn't have stand-out speed at linebacker but his size and athleticism will pull him to success once he starts to focus his fundamental development at one position.