MAC Rewind: Recent Commitments

MAC Rewind: Recent Commitments

Several schools in the MAC added to their 2015 classes recently. We take a closer look at some of the standouts here.

Northern Illinois added Two Rivers (Wisc.) offensive lineman Jordan Steckler and Oak Creek (Wisc.) lineman Nathan Veloz. We have been high on Veloz since first viewing his film over a year ago. He is a top five player in the state and he had a great performance at the Michigan State summer camp in June. He's a strong, powerful kid who was a road grader in the run game on tape, but showed he could pass set in East Lansing. Steckler also did well at a Big Ten camp, putting on a strong performance at Wisconsin in June. Both are going to fit in perfectly with the Huskies' physical style of play.

Running the ball should not be a problem for Miami (Ohio). The Redhawks landed three tailbacks last week, LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons Township's Leonard Ross, Duncan (SC) Byrnes's Isaiah Hill and Charlotte (NC) Victory Christian's Joshua Allen all committed to the Redhawks. It's possible at least one could play another spot, but all three are good sized backs who bring various skills to the table. Ross held a Big Ten offer from Illinois, Allen had 11 other offers, and Hill plays for one of the best programs in the South.

Ball State added Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson linebacker Abdallah Jaffal, who was once committed to Western Michigan. He is a very good athlete who can make plays in space and play over the slot. He must get bigger and stronger, but is a tough kid who we think will add the necessary weight.

Ohio picked up their quarterback of the future in Quinton Maxwell (Richmond, Mo.). This kid is a standout linebacker as well at the high school level and is tough and can run with the ball as well as make the necessary throws. He has a good arm, and is a three sport athlete, but it's the intangibles and mentality that really seem to set him apart.

Toledo picked up Baltimore native Nevone McCrimmon, a good sized running back with great feel between the tackles. He finds creases and hits them hard. He looks like a good fit for the Rockets and shares some similarities with backs like David Fluellen, who have had success there. The Rockets also added Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider safety Jessie Bates, a long, intelligent secondary prospect.

West Bloomfield (Mich.) defensive tackle Eddy Wilson committed to Bowling Green recently. He was very impressive at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp, showing good athleticism in a 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame. He was a little bit under the radar, but the talent is there for him to be an important interior player for the Falcons.

Western Michigan continues to add to their class, which currently ranks as the conference's best. Oviedo (Fla.) corner Justin Spencer is a fleet-footed cover man who had a Mississippi State offer, but chose the Broncos. Speedy in-state prospect Delano Madison missed last year with an injury, but his explosiveness has been on display all offseason. He could project to receiver or defensive back. Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville-South's Keishawn Watson could also play either side of the ball and had a good junior season for one of the state's top programs.

Buffalo continues to recruit Michigan well, adding Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson. Jackson's trajectory is headed upwards. He continues to get bigger, polish his mechanics and improve in all facets of the game. He threw really well this spring and summer. A redshirt year will do him some good, but he has good upside and should continue to mature. He has good size, naturally throws it well, and showed us toughness during the Sailors' tough schedule last year.



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