We’re in the middle of the August recruiting dead period where official player visits are prohibited along with in-person contact between coaches and players. Now is a great time to evaluate each Sun Belt team’s 2018 recruiting class from top to bottom as we head into the start of the season.
*All rankings are from the 247sports composite ranking system.
Appalachian State (80)
Appalachian State is on track to sign one of its top classes ever after a hot summer brought its 2018 commit total to 19. The class is currently anchored by a pair of three-star outside linebackers in Zareon Hayes and Brock Mattison. Junior college cornerback Meiko Dotson is one of the Mountaineers most recent commits and is ranked as the 9th best corner in JUCO.
Arkansas State (81)
The Red Wolves have slowly crept up the rankings and are now within striking distance of first place. They recently received a nice boost with the commitment of three-star corner Jevon Jones. Jones chose Arkansas State over Houston, Kansas and SMU. He’s paired with another three-star corner commit in JeMarcus Burrell.
Texas State (87)
Texas State is again doing a good job recruiting with 17 commits so far, with only two coming from outside the state of Texas. Everette Withers has hauled in six three-star commits so far, one more than the Bobcats had at this time a few weeks ago.
Georgia State (91)
Shawn Elliot and the Panthers are riding a tall wave of program momentum and its paying off in recruiting. Georgia State has 13 commits, with six being three-stars. The class is headlined by highly-recruited three star wide receiver Samuel Oshodi of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Georgia Southern (100)
The Eagles have shot up the rankings in recent weeks with seven of its 11 total commits coming in since July 22nd. Three-star outside linebacker Torey Zanders chose Georgia Southern over offers from Michigan State, Appalachian State, and Western Kentucky.
Neal Brown has had a somewhat quiet summer after the team’s sudden success last season. Seven players are committed, with three-star quarterback Gunnar Watson being the top player. Watson is currently rated as the 38th best pro-style quarterback in the country.
Three-star quarterback Colby Suits and three-star outside linebacker Jalan Harris highlight an 11 deep commit list. Eight of those have committed to the Warhawks in the last month. Harris is a top-75 player in Louisiana while Suits is the 66th best pro-style quarterback in the nation.
Coastal Carolina (114)
The Chanticleers only have four players committed but already have a player signed in wide receiver Da’Kendall James. The other three players are all three-stars, including athlete Isreal Spivey and tight end Jerrod Clark. They are the two highest rated prospects that are currently committed to a Sun Belt team.
South Alabama (119)
The Jaguars also have just four players committed thus far, with two being three-stars. Weak-side defensive end Jaaron Jackson lead the group as the 78th ranked player at his position.
The Vandals final FBS recruiting class is off to a very slow start with just two commits, both being middling two stars. Athlete Michael Noil and cornerback Kyree Currington each committed during the dead period.
The Rajin’ Cajuns have just one commit in unranked safety Daniel Beard of Mobile, Alabama.
New Mexico State (NR)
The Aggies have yet to receive a verbal commit. NMSU had four commits this time last year and ended up signing 23 players.