Western Michigan added 27 players to the team for the 2012 season
Western Michigan University football coach Bill Cubit has made it no secret that his team likes to throw the football.
Last season, the Broncos had one of the highest-ranked passing offenses in all of college football. Cubit looks to make his team's passing attack even more potent in 2012, as the squad has added six new receivers to the team.
The new receivers are part of a 27-player recruiting class for the Broncos in 2012, announced today in a press conference. Twelve of the prospects are from Florida—a state notorious for producing WMU's football talent—while only two are from Michigan.
“The two sports in [Florida] are really football and spring football,” Cubit said.
At quarterback, the Broncos brought in two Midwestern athletes in Zachary Terrell and Anthony Maddie.
According to Cubit (via mlive.com), the two new quarterbacks provide WMU with a solid option under center for the future.
“I'm shocked that we got two of these guys here at the same time,” he said. “Terrell and Maddie are two of the really good players that came in. I think the transition from Alex and Tyler to these guys is going to be pretty easy.”
As far as the number of recruits that have come from Florida, Cubit said that his staff has a system for the way that they pick up recruits.
“This process started about 13 months ago,” Cubit said. “We always start up north in Michigan, then we work our way over to Illinois and Wisconsin.”
“If we can't find the guys we need, we move down south,” he continued. “That's kind of been our philosophy since we got here.”
Along with the six new receivers, WMU also added five new defensive lineman. Cubit said that having a surplus of defensive lineman isn't a bad thing at all.
“You can never have enough defensive lineman,” he said. “You just hope that you get the right guys.”
Cubit said that if his squad wouldn't have brought in its two new defensive ends, the team could be left with a large deficit going into next season.
“It would have left a big hole. If you don't get them, then you really have to scramble,” he said. “That's what happened to us last year at wideout. When these two guys decided to come, that was really big.”
While the team was able to fill the void at punter with J. Schroeder, Cubit said that they'll look to fill the role of place kicker through open tryouts.