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February 5, 2014

Reviewing Toledo's 2014 Recruiting Class

Toledo's 2014 football recruiting class is about quality. Quality character. Quality academics. Quality football ability.

This class is not the eye-popping classes of 2013 (8 three star recruits), 2012 (9 three star recruits), 2011 (1 four star and 7 three star recruits) or 2010 (1 four star and 13 three star recruits). However, this class just might be the best class in several years. Having only 14 seniors from last year's team allowed Toledo to take less risks on higher rated prospects that had risky academic standing or character issues because Toledo does not need very much help from this class immediately. It allowed Toledo to go after high character and high academic recruits in this class.

Yes, Toledo received commitments early on from some good three star talent that eventually switched to AQ (automatic qualifying) level schools, and that is a good sign for the Rocket football program. Why, well because it shows that Toledo went after higher quality prospects that also had good enough academics to get recruited heavily by AQ schools, and Toledo had their interest early on. Some of those recruits stayed the course with Toledo. Mykale Rogers being one of them.

So while the 2014 class is not going to wow the common college football fan on paper, it sets Toledo up to be more successful with this class in the future. This class was recruited because they have the ability to develop into high level MAC players a couple years from now. There are some that will contribute right away, but by and large the recruits in this class will be given time to develop before they are pressed onto the field. That's a formula that has made Northern Illinois the top dog in the MAC for several years now.

Looking back at the 2013 recruiting class there are four players that are already gone. The 2012 recruiting class had five players that are already gone. The 2011 class had even more, with 8 players gone. And as good as the 2010 recruiting class was, possibly the best all-time in the MAC with 1 four star and 13 three star prospects, 7 players left early on or never even made it to campus.

I do not expect to see that with the 2014 class. There are some players that will be grey-shirting and will not be on campus until January of 2015, so there is some risk to losing players there, but the foundation of the class will be the foundation of the Toledo football program a few years from now.

So sit back this fall and watch an experienced Toledo football program, but keep this class filed in the back of your mind and be patient while this class develops. It is going to be a good one.

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