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National Signing Day 2014: Mid-American Conference Football Recruiting Coverage

National Signing Day 2014 has came and went, and we've broken down each class for you (minus Buffalo, because that's what Bull Run is for). In our detailed recaps, we not only give you the measurable of the players, but offer you the meanings behind the class. What's the big picture? Who should you be paying attention to? But now that the classes have been signed, and the dust has settled, what's next? Well, we're here to help again. Stick here for more analysis about MAC recruiting to help you digest what these classes mean for your teams, and the MAC at large.

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How Does the MAC's Recruiting Stack Up Nationally?

The MAC celebrated its best individual recruiting class ever this season with WMU's star-studded group, but how is the conference as a whole recruiting compared to other conferences? Let's take a look.


Recruiting Services Rank the Recruiting Classes

We power ranked the recruiting classes ourselves, now it's time to see how the expert scouting services view the 2014 MAC recruiting classes.


MAC Football Recruiting Class Power Rankings

The dust has settled and the classes have been signed, now it's time to take a look at the winners, and losers, in the MAC on National Signing Day.



Yesterday, the internet was 50 shades of crazy when everybody found out that Eastern Michigan's 17th Letter of Intent came in from a fellow named Lion King.

We all initially knew him as Lion King Conaway, but apparently, it's just Lion King.

He's always liked his name. Even early on in high school, he just pimped it out with the upmost amount of swagger.

"I like my name," says Lion King, who played on the freshman basketball team this year. On or off the court, his name attracts as much attention as a wildebeest in a pack of hyenas. When he meets new people, "They always say, ‘What? Are you serious? Is that your real name?' And then I say, ‘Yes.'"

(source: SB Nation)

That quote goes way back to his earliest of years in high school: the dreaded freshman year. You know, life as a freshman in high school would have been a lot easier if my mom and dad would've given me a name like that. Like, Buzz-Light Year Alvarado would've been nice, but even that came out three years after I was born, and I would've been stuck with "Dumbo" or something like that.

But still, that's got to be the coolest thing ever, right? Way to embrace your name like that, kid. Hakuna Matata.


PODCAST: Breaking Down National Signing Day 2014

This one's a doozie. But hey, National Signing Day only comes once a year, and this one was one remember.


Miami Signs 26 to 2014 Recruiting Class

Chuck Martin and his staff brought in 26 players for their first class in Oxford. We take a closer look.


Ohio Gets Back To Its Roots, Sign 24 To 2014 Class

After a few seasons of underwhelming recruiting classes, Ohio may have turned out it's best recruiting class since Frank Solich landed in Athens, with a balanced group that dips into several positions across the depth chart.


UMass 2014 National Signing Day Recap

Although Whipple wasn't given much time to recruit, he was able to bring in a solid class of 24 players


Ball State Signs 19 To 2014 Recruiting Class

Ball State took a balanced approach, while focusing hardcore on in-state talent, to put together one of the MAC's better recruiting classes this season.


EMU Adds 17 With Class of 2014

How Chris Creighton managed to bring in late is astounding. Meet the Eagles class of 2014.


Akron Hauls In Painfully Small 2014 Class

The Zips made an effort to focus on key areas of concern, bringing in some solid commits at the defensive and offensive line positions, but the incredibly small number of commits should be concerning.


NIU Huskies Announce Class of 31 For 2014

The Northern Illinois Huskies added the biggest class in the MAC, opting for a balanced approach that saw them take a bit of everything, while landing a few gems in the process.


Kent State Signs 20 To Class of 2014

The Golden Flashes filled some holes with this recruiting class, but did they fill them with the right level of talent?


Toledo Rockets Sign 23 For Class of 2014

The Rockets lose several key pieces from their prolific 2013 offense for the upcoming season, but their influx of 23 recruits should help ease the pain of those departures.


Ranking EMU Football Players' Names

With Lion King Conway blowing up the internet, we were wondering how other names on Eastern Michigan's roster can even compare. Since we're a bunch of goofball bloggers covering one of the biggest days of the year in college football, we decided "hey, let's make a power ranking!"

10. Willie Creear

I've always thought it was a cool name. Pronounced "Kree-Air". Nothing silly here, but the three consecutive vowels always score some bonus points.

9. Anthony Zapone

Zapone. Za-poooooone. Rolls off the tongue nicely. Zapooooooo-

8. Ka'John Armstrong

Willie and Anthony are okay for first names. But Ka'John. You don't see that every day. Plus, this kid is lineman, which means you've gotta have some big 'ole arms. Armstrong. Get it?

7. Chance Monarch

6. Ike Spearman

You don't mess with linebackers with a last name that makes you think of the WWE. I wouldn't want to go toe-to-toe with Chris Jericho, let alone somebody named after Kyle Broflovski's kid brother.

5. Great Ibe


(don't feel his wrath. Just slow down and say "eBay" and you'll be fine)

4. Shaq Vann

He's entitled to pick up random people and hold them over his head while somebody takes a picture for Reddit, right?

3. Oliver Kathalay

Say that 10 times fast.

2. Kenyarda Bates

When the first name is more difficult than the last, you're getting into some nasty territory. I don't even have a silly joke, Kenyarda is just a really awesome first name.

1. Lion King Conway

He has to live with this for the rest of his life. He's been surrounded by 90s kids since, well, his childhood. At what point do you go to the courts and change your first name to "Rodney" or something?

Hakuna Matata.


CMU Adds 17 in Class of 2014

The Chippewas bring in a pair of 3-star defensive ends. 17 in total, meet CMU's class of 2014.


BGSU Nabs Ballew, 17 Others on Signing Day

Falcons haul in a nice class of 18 players that fills needs and adds skill position depth.


Toledo Cancels Signing Day Event For Fans

Following in Kent State's footsteps, Toledo has canceled its Signing Day fan event due to the snowstorm that has pounded down on the state of Ohio.

The press conference for media members is still on, as is the Rockets men's basketball game against Bowling Green tonight at 7 p.m.. The Glass City is currently under a level 3 snow emergency, so the game's status could always change later on.


WMU Signs Historic 2014 Recruiting Class

P.J. Fleck and WMU wrapped up its historic 28-man recruiting class early Wednesday. Let's take a look at what it all means.


P.J. Fleck Has Some Bold Words For the Big Ten

P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan's young hot-shot coach, has been on a war path with recruiting. He's managed to haul in the best recruiting class (on paper) the MAC has ever seen, getting several top-50 commits (by position) and getting players to stick with the Broncos, despite offers from much bigger, and more successful, programs. Wednesday morning from his Signing Day headquarters, Fleck had some bold words to say about what he's doing up there in Kalamazoo:

Considering how Fleck beat out several Big Ten schools for many of his big-name recruits, I'd say he's off to a good start.


Kent State Signing Day Event Canceled Due To Snow

Ohio, like most of the Eastern part of the United States, is in the middle of an awful snowstorm. The area got pummeled with around four inches of snow overnight, and has subsequently called off it's National Signing Day event.

Let's Talk About Signing Day

Is that a dial tone I hear? It must be National Signing Day! Welcome to the best recruiting coverage you'll find on the internet, where everything is always free, no annoying paywall here.


EMU Recruiting: DE Lion King Conway Commits To EMU

Yes. His name is Lion King Conaway.


3-Star CB Deion Hallmon Choses NIU Over 40 Others

Northern Illinois's 2014 recruiting class received a huge boost on the eve before National Signing Day with the announcement that highly sought-after CB Deion Hallmon has chosen to sign with the Huskies.


Nilijah Ballew Talks About Why He Chose BGSU

After backing out of a verbal with Louisville, four-star safety Nilijah Ballew decided to verbal to Bowling Green.


3-Star DE Anthony Clark Stays Home, Chooses Akron

Akron pulls in one of the biggest local talents just a day before Signing Day.


Two BGSU Verbals Flip To Louisville and Bucknell

While one player flipped this weekend from Louisville to Bowling Green, the Falcons have lost another commit that has flipped to Louisville. BGSU also saw a Clawson-recruited tight end flip to Bucknell.


Bowling Green Picks Up Two Last-Minute Verbals

The Falcons pick up two late verbals in a big offensive lineman and a safety who flipped from Louisville and has been given a four-star rating by


Toledo Signs JUCO DE William Lee To 2014 Class

Toledo went out and signed another JUCO defensive end to its 2014 recruiting class.


Where To Get Your National Signing Day News

National Signing Day is a college football holiday. To maximize your experience, we've put together a guide of sorts to help you navigate your way through the madness.


RedHawks Add Five Verbals Before Signing Day

In the rush up to this Wednesday's National Signing Day, Miami has gotten verbal commitments from five more players.


Who Are MAC Schools Targeting Before Signing Day?

With just two days to go before players can sign on the dotted line, several MAC schools are still making the final pitches to top targets. Here's a look at who the schools are still hoping to get.


DT Ikeem Allen Flips From Toledo To Miami

Shortly before National Signing Day, a defensive tackle from Charlotte switched his commitment from the Rockets to the RedHawks.


Ranking the MAC Football Recruiting Classes

Let's take one last look at how the MAC recruiting classes compare to one another before the big day, National Signing Day.


EMU Receives Commitment From 2-Star CB Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon, a defensive back from Minnesota, decommits from Northern Iowa to go bowling with Chris Creighton and the rest of the Eagles team. No, not that kind of bowling.


3-Star CB Dedric Brinson Commits To Toledo

Toledo added a commitment from a 3-star cornerback to bulk up it's impressive roster of defensive backs in its 2014 class.

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