The offseason in Conference USA has been a rollercoaster this year. With less than two weeks before National Signing Day Southern Miss had to replace Todd Monken who left to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL and hired Jay Hopson days before National Signing Day. Larry Coker stepped down as the head coach at UTSA, paving the way for Frank Wilson as the new head coach but not before Rice head coach David Bailiff interviewed for the job. Western Kentucky has lost pretty much everybody from their coaching staff, oh and UAB football is back. UAB football is back!
To say the least Conference USA has made some headlines in the offseason which will culminate today on National Signing Day. Marshall has had a strangle hold on the conference over the past few years as they have had the best recruiting class in the conference four years in a row. Today, however, that streak may come to an end as UAB holds the best class.
Here are the rankings so far in Conference USA.
Their rankings are a bit inflated due to having the luxury of signing more than your average class but you have to tip your hat off to Bill Clark who has assembled a class that will be monumental to the UAB football program going forward.
Marshall fans are probably yelling "We should be number one!" In a normal year the Thundering Herd definitely would be. They just landed three major commits.
3. Southern Miss
Whether they stay up this high by the end of the day remains to be seen but right now things are looking good.
4. Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee went heavy towards the JUCO ranks as they are brining in six players.
5. Louisiana Tech
Word is this has been the best year for high school football in Louisiana and Tech did their share in keeping players home as 10 players are from in-state.
6. Florida Atlantic
After brining in the best class in school history last year things are pretty quiet over in Boca Raton this go round.
7. Western Kentucky
For what was their best season since joining the FBS ranks I'm surprised the Tops are so low.
FIU moved up but its a result of ODU losing commits rather than FIU doing anything of note.
9. Old Dominion
It turns out ODU was unable to keep their best commit after all as three-star athlete Tyree Rodgers flipped to Virginia Tech. Bummer.
The Miners have 23 commits but just two are three stars. Fortunately for Sean Kugler who loves to run the ball they're guys in the backfield as Antonion Dupree and Quardraiz Wadley could be household names in C-USA in a few years. The third best recruit is Walter Dawn, another running back.
11. North Texas
Three star JUCO linebacker William Johnson is their best recruit but he's already changed schools two different times.
Frank Wilson was dealt a tough hand as he took over for Larry Coker who didn't really sell UTSA to the Texas recruits as much as you would have liked and went the JUCO route instead. As a result, the class looks pretty meager.
David Baliff has never been a recruiting wizard at Rice bringing in top classes but man this is pretty bad.
Charlotte is still adapting to the rigors that is life as a low-tier G5 member on the trail. They have a conference low 12 commits with four being three-star recruits. JUCO WR Jordan Carswell is the headliner.