NON BCS / INDEPENDENT NOTES:
MARSHALL: A surprising class for the Thundering Herd this year, who have been down as of late. 8 3-star players out of 21 commits, from all over the East coast and even some kids from California and Texas. That’s big news for a program like Marshall.
SOUTHERN METHODIST: What June Jones was able to do in so short a time span is ridiculous. This class has a massive 28 commits, a few 3-star prospects in there, which is great for how bad SMU has been. But the big news is that Jones decimated Hawaii when he left, and sent Hawaii’s recruiting class scattering. One of the kids who fled was Bo Mitchell, a Hawaii QB commit from Rockwall, TX who followed Jones to SMU.
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: The Golden Eagles are one of the biggest success stories of the 2008 recruiting season. 1st year coach Larry Fedora has put toegther what is probably the greatest recruiting class in Southern Miss history. The big coup was the signing of a 5-star WR, DeAndre Brown, who had offers to play on Mars if he wanted to. This huge class of 27 also has 2 4-star players, another WR and an OL.
NOTRE DAME: After one of the worst seasons in Notre Dame’s entire history, Charlie Weis was able to bring in what is maybe the best class in Notre Dame’s entire history. This class of 23 signees has 3 5-star prospects: QB Dayne Crist, WR Michael Floyd, and TE Kyle Rudolph. 16 4-star players also join the ranks. Maybe Weis will live up to his hype now and stop losing games to Navy. What’s the bowl-loss streak up to now? 80?
NORTH TEXAS: Like Notre Dame, Todd Dodge is coming off a miserable season and yet has wrangled what is probably the best class in his school’s history. This 27-signee class has 6 3-star players and 21 2-stars. Depth for Dodge’s system is what UNT needs and that’s exactly what they achieved.