Turner Gill's Buffalo Bulls: A Review of the 2006 Recruiting Class

brian chylinskiContributor INovember 18, 2008

Taking a look at 2006, Turner Gill's first class, he had to scramble, but did well in long-term quality with some outstanding immediate impact players.

3 enrolled in Jan 06- http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/football/news/ftb01-18-2006-signees.shtml

The press release for Feb 06- http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/football/news/ftb02-01-2006-signings.shtml

3 came late- http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/football/news/ftb08-03-2006-recruits.shtml

1 (Brandon -Thermilus) came very late, and I cant find the link.

Where Are They Now?

All-MAC at this point-(1)Naaman

Possible 4 year starters.-(2)Bittner, Jordan (who should be back as a starter next year)

Possible 3 year starter(1)-Montanez

4 year contributor/sometime starter-(4)Storr, Brey, Drewes,Thermilus

Some impact/a few starts-(1)Hubbard

Should play as upperclassman-(4)Kelly, Hagg, Richberg, Nduka

Long gone-(6)Ferere, Flanagan, Williams, Smith, Pinson, Newill

Gone but helped out-(2) Packwood, Perry

The Class

Bittner, Peter DL 6'4" 290    
-Former poster on ubfan.com and member of Cage Crazies. WNY D player of year. Entering second year as starter at Guard and could achieve
  All-MAC Status and a 4 year starter, after redshirting with back injury.

Brey, Kyle TE 6'2" 250
-Redshirted, second string at TE and FB, who just got his first catch vs Temple.Great things ahead. Could end up back at FB as replacement for Sharon.

Drewes, Tom LB 6'1" 245
-Has played LB and DE. Started some as a true frosh, RS as soph.Currently out(knee?)
Looked Big 10 bound but bad shoulders did him in. A rough and tumble MLB if he stays healthy.

Ferere, Richard LB 6'1" 205

Flanagan, Brandon OL 6'2" 300
-Highly touted, turned down NC and Duke. Moved to DT after RS frosh year. Quit team in camp 08 after move to back center.

Hagg, Skyler WR 5'11" 185
-PAC 10 bound till bad injury. Still coming around but gives WR and return depth. Has played little this year.

Hubbard, David LB 6'0" 235
-JUCO who came with 3 years left. 
Originally offered by Urban Meyer at Utah. Gave UB 2 decent years as back up with a few starts.This year not in the mix.
Jerrold, Jordan OL 6'8" 285
-Started most of first two years.(7 as frosh) Lost starting spot to Andrew West in camp 08. Is hurt, using his RS year. Good chance of starting next year.

Kelly, Brian OL 6'6" 305
-Came with Con USA offers. Lost RS frosh year to grades. In 2008 Oline depth mix, but gets his time at LS.In the mix down the line.

Montanez, Anel DL 6'0" 285
-Short, but a scrapper. One of those "bowling ball"DT who can move. Played as true frosh. Redshirted as soph and starter this year.

Newill, Derek OL 6-4, 313
-Left for a d2 school.

Nduka, Ike RB 5'11" 215
-Jan 07. At the time,The jewel of this class. An  explosive fullback. BCS schools shied away because of grades. Took a bit to qualify. In the mix down the line.

Packwood, Taylor, K
-Got an opportunity young. Had some problems. Thank the lord for AJ Principe.

Perry, Keon DB 5'9" 170 JUCO
-Played his junior year.Started one game vs Miami of Ohio. Not on roster for first game of 2007(Rutgers)

Pinson, Patrick LB 6'1" 245
-Played at ECC, whereabouts unknown.Could show up in Jan?

Richberg, Solomon OL 6'4" 300
-Came in Jan.07 Redshirt frosh. Gives UB a huge backup on Dline. In the mix down the line.

Roosevelt, Naaman QB 6'0" 185
*What can you say? The Man. He was headed to NH as a QB. All MAC as a soph.Great receiver who could be MAC Offensive player of year next year.
At times looks so much better than anyone else. Should play in NFL. TGills first recruiting visit. A record breaker.

Smith, Kwaheen DB 5'10" 175   

Storr, Chris DB 6'0" 180
-Quality depth/impact player in Def. backfield.Played a bunch as true frosh starting 3 games. If we werent so strong at that spot, would be a bigger name. Comes in very handy.

Thermilus, Brandon RB 5'11" 210  
-Looked like a Big 12 signee until bad knee injury. Turning in to the type of explosive power back not often seen in MAC. Has had some great games this year.
Should be starter as senior.

Williams, Zach DL 6'3" 240


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