Mountain West Recruiting Wrap-Up

JeremySenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2009

The day has come and gone, and the only real surprises were with Utah, who did not get local recruit Xavier Su’a Filo, and when BYU allowed Kyle Van Noy to sign on even though he had a DUI, which was his second alcohol-related offense. However, Van Noy will not play football this year and will enroll at BYU in January of 2010.

ESPN’s Tom Luginbill feels that Steve Fairchild and the Colorado State Rams will be a big player in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Their recruiting class was nothing great, but Luginbill feels that Fairchild has a great eye for talent, and that the Rams filled needs.

Below is how Rivals rated the Mountain West recruiting classes.



Avg Stars
6New Mexico190042.21149
7Colorado State200052.2585
8San Diego State200042.1077
9Air Force180002.0054


Here is how ESPN Scouts Inc. felt about some of the Mountain West classes, and they believed that TCU had the best class out of all the non-BCS schools.



The Horned Frogs restocked their linebacker depth, with Justin Isadore (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and Tanner Brock (Copperas Cove, Texas). Although these two OLBs are physically different, they both have good range and play well in space. Don’t think that the Horned Frogs ignored offensive talent. Arguably, their very best prospect in the class is Josh Boyce (Copperas Cove, Texas), one of Brock’s high school teammates. Boyce is an explosive athlete with excellent speed and outstanding ball skills.



BYU produced another solid recruiting class, with four of its top five recruits coming from outside the state of Utah. It comes as no surprise that the Cougars’ top two recruits line up on the offensive side of the ball. Richard Wilson (Spanish Fork, Utah) is the fourth-ranked tight end nationally. He is equally effective from the traditional tight end alignment or when flexed out wide. Wilson has tremendous concentration and can go up to catch the ball in a crowd.

Another fourth-ranked positional prospect, center Terry Alletto (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa), is a big grab for the Cougars. Alletto is an undersized but quick center. He is consistent with his snaps when the quarterback is lined up under center or in a shotgun.



Finishing as college football’s second-best team has been instrumental in helping the Utes round up a very good class in terms of quantity and quality. Their top three signees are linemen—two offensive and one defensive. Huge offensive guard Kapua Sai (Honolulu/St. Louis School) is a powerful run-blocker, while offensive tackle Percy Taumoelau (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood) is a stout pass protector.


Here is how Scout rates the league's recruiting.


40.BYU 22MWC21130049157     
54.Utah 25MWC163701181312     
56.TCU 20MWC1617001111010     
84.UNLV 20MWC80600041010     
88.New Mexico 17MWC6820003106     
96.Wyoming 22MWC59300011111     
102.San Diego State 15MWC504000087     
106.Colorado State 20MWC4700000910     
118.Air Force 12MWC331000038     


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