WKU football recruiting update

9 01 2011

Willie Taggart and company have officially hit the stretch drive for the 2011 recruiting season, as Signing Day is now less than a month away.

WKU’s latest football commitment, Bradenton Southeast linebacker Terran Williams, confirmed to the Daily News his intentions today. He becomes Taggart’s ninth known commitment.

Here’s the list rundown courtesy of Jason Stamm over at InsideHilltopperSports.com.

Three star prospects:

Mitchell Henry, TE, Elizabethtown High School (6-4, 245 – chose WKU over likes of Memphis and Bowling Green)

Dimitri Johnson, DE/LB, Dolton, Ill. (6-3, 215 –chose WKU over likes of Akron, Ball State, Ohio and Toledo )

Quartterrio Morgan, RB, Jonesboro, Ga. (5-10, 196 – former Ga. Tech commit, chose WKU over likes of MTSU, Memphis, Indiana, Illinois and Georgia Tech)

Two star prospects:

James Mauro, QB, Hurst, Texas (6-7, 211 – had interest from likes of Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Wisconsin)

Cliff Burns, OL, Roswell, N.M. (6-8, 350 – chose WKU over likes of Nevada and Wyoming, also interest from UCLA)

Tyler Higbee, TE, Clearwater, Fla. (6-5, 200 – had offer from Colorado State, also interest from South Florida)

Jerome Howard, LB, Plantation, Fla. (6-0, 203 – chose WKU over likes of Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Marshall)

Unranked prospects:

Dyron Speight, QB, Bradenton, Fla. (6-0, 181 – offer from Kent State, interest from likes of North Carolina and West Virginia)

Terran Williams, LB, Bradenton, Fla. (6-2, 210 – offers from FAU, FIU, Iowa State, Kent State, Bowling Green and South Florida)

– I spoke with Johnson, Henry and Mauro last week and all three seemingly had one underlying reason for their commitment – the chance to play right away.

As far as class rankings are concerned, that’s all still up in the air at this point – as nothing will likely be finalized until all the letters have been signed on Feb. 2.

And while WKU earned the top-ranked class in the Sun Belt last winter,  and appears to have a solid pool already in tow for 2011, it might have some serious competition to retain that distinction again.

Florida International, Louisiana-Monroe and Middle Tennessee all seem to have big-time yields in the recruiting game thus far.

According to Rivals, FIU currently has four three-star prospects in tow. ULM has 13 total commitments, three of which are three-stars, 10 being two-stars. Middle Tennessee has three verbals with three-star rankings.

WKU is obviously hanging right in there in terms of overall star rankings (if that means anything to you), so we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out.

Those rankings would obviously take a jump if transfer defensive back/wide receiver Jonathan Dowling were included, as he was a Rivals four-star and ESPN.com five-star prospect last season. But since he’s transferring to WKU from Florida, he won’t likely be included in any current lists.

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