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MAC Football Recruiting Power Rankings: Ground Control to Major Candle

The Rockets move up the rankings after landing a pair of three-stars in the last seven days.

James H. Jimenez

With the month of May rapidly drawing to a close, it’s time once again to see where each team stands in our MAC Football Recruiting Rankings. Where does your team stand?

T-7. Akron Zips

T-7. Buffalo Bulls

T-7. Bowling Green Falcons

T-7. Eastern Michigan Eagles

T-7. Kent State Golden Flashes

T-7. Ohio Bobcats

Six teams in the league have yet to land a commit for the 2019 class. While it’s too early for the panic button with camp days on the horizon, these teams have a lot of ground to make up in order to catch the rest of the MAC. It’ll be interesting to see which of these teams break out once the camps and official visits get rolling. Ohio historically has put together solid classes, but don’t sleep on Kent State and the new energy surrounding the program.

6. Ball State Cardinals

Ball State made some noise last week as three-star receiver Rahmon Hart committed to the Cardinals, the first three-star commit of their 2019 class. Additionally, BSU picked up another quarterback from the Indianapolis area in Eddie Schott, who is the second quarterback committed in this class. While it is a bold strategy to have two two-star QBs in the same class, the Cards need to make bold moves if they are to work their way up the MAC West.

5. Central Michigan Chippewas

The Chippewas maintain control of the number-five spot in our power rankings despite not landing a single commit in the month of May. The Chips still have five prospects in tow, including a pair of three-stars in David Ellis and Danny Motowski. CMU is shaping up to have a solid class but we’ll have to see if it can make strides to get to the top of its division.

4. Western Michigan Broncos

You have to admire the efficiency of Western Michigan as its three commits are all three star prospects: quarterback Payton Thorne, receiver Marshawn Foster, and linebacker Boone Bonnema. The Broncos sent out 11 more offers this week to bring their total up to 160. Give credit to Tim Lester for working on the local prospects as 62 offers are in Michigan and Ohio alone per 247Sports.com.

3. Northern Illinois Huskies

NIU picked up a two-star linebacker last week in Chamaar Smith, but it could not hold on to the number-two spot in our rankings this week. The Huskies still have four three-stars in its 2019 class so far, so they’ll be in the mix for the best recruiting class in the MAC. It’s interesting to note that out of Northern Illinois’s 101 offers, 23 of them are in Florida while there are 26 each in Illinois and Michigan.

2. Toledo Rockets

The Rockets are blasting back up our rankings again as they picked up a pair of three-stars in the past week in defensive tackle Gaige Hill and quarterback Michael Kern. UT now has the second-most three-stars in the MAC with six committed for 2019. Jason Candle and company are still offering everyone and their mother as they have 334 offers out. The strategy has paid off so far for Toledo, but we’ll have to see if they can power their way to the top of the MAC in the coming months.

1. Miami RedHawks

Despite not landing a commit in the past two weeks, Miami still sits atop of the MAC thanks to the early work done on the recruiting trail. The RedHawks’ 2019 class is rated as the 26st-best class in the country per 247Sports.com and is punctuated by 11 three-star prospects including Brett Gabbert, Blaine’s younger brother. As we head into June, there will be a lot of recruiting activity in the MAC and teams like Toledo and NIU may be in position to take Miami’s crown, so stay tuned for updates on all of the recruiting MACtivity.