James H. Jimenez
The Bobcats pick up a DB, a power back is getting some attention in the MAC, and more in this week’s Roundup.
Team Commitments (per 247Sports)
Not a lot of action this week on the commitment front as 5’8” DB Torrie Cox Jr. committed to Ohio as the only recruit to do so in the conference.
Akron: 8 commits
Ball State: 18 commits, one in September (Karl Odrick)
Bowling Green: 11 commits, one in September (Willie Jones)
Buffalo: 18 commits
Central Michigan: 16 commits, one in September (Alec Palella)
Eastern Michigan: 8 commits, one in September (Carter Evans)
Kent State: 12 commits
Miami: 19 commits
Northern Illinois: 21 commits, one in September (Brandon Mackinnon)
Ohio: 8 commits, one in September (Torrie Cox Jr.)
Toledo: 18 commits
Western Michigan: 18 commits
Recruiting Battle to Watch
In this week’s recruiting battle, we will take a look at a running back that has caught the eyes of multiple teams in the MAC. Branden McDonald, a 5’11, 217-lbs. back out of Archbishop Alter High School in Ohio, has a grand total of 12 offers, including ones from Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami, Ohio, and Toledo. McDonald had a highly productive junior season in 2019 as he went for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground on his way to Third Team All-Ohio honors. As you can see in his Hudl film below, McDonald is very Derrick Henry-esque: he’s a big and strong back but he also has surprising speed and agility (and has some nice hands out of the backfield too). A college strength and conditioning program could help improve his top-end speed, making him a dangerous RB at the next level.
Fire Recruiting Graphic of the Week
Western Michigan is coming in hot in this week’s Graphic of the Week. It’s very clean, and turning into a GIF of all the new additions for the Broncos must’ve taken A LOT of work but the end result is pretty stellar. As always, feel free to submit nominees for Graphic of the Week to @MAC__Crootin.