January 31, 2012
A Few Good Men
Signing Day is officially upon us. As recruits toss and turn in their beds - giddy with excitement of what tomorrow's events will mean to them - a bright future awaits them when they rise in the morning.
College coaches, however, do not even dare to hit the sheets. They are up late, working the lines, trying to get a feel on those undecided prospects and hoping they can land the "big fish" that they have been after for months. They are tired and groggy, but yet, excited and keyed up for what the future of their program might look like.
It is quite the emotional rollercoaster, and frankly, it is rather unhealthy.
For Rick Stockstill and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, things have heated up on the recruiting trail - a late push has the commitment list in double figures, with more unconfirmed commitments out there as well.
Leading up to the past few day's things have been quiet, without question, but this late push has a fan base reinvigorated, and hopeful for some Signing Day surprises.
Let's take a look at some of the more recent commitments that have come through the pipe.
A little over a week ago, our friends at Colorado State - GoldandGreenNews.com - tipped us off that defensive tackle Shaquille Huff had pledged a commitment to the Blue Raiders.
If you recall, GoMiddle.com's Austin Lewis caught up with Huff back in November, and Huff told us then that the Blue Raiders were on his radar, but behind the likes of Louisville and Cincinnati. Evidently MT was able to sell him, and convince him that Murfreesboro was where he needed to be.
The 6'1", 285-pound Huff possesses the size and skill-set to be an immediate impact on a defensive line that had problems stuffing the run this past year. Expect big things from Mr. Huff in the years to come.
Joining Huff on the Blue Raider roster will be Largo (Fla) Pinellas Park's Iman Smith. The 2-star athlete was in Murfreesboro this past weekend, and evidently liked what the staff had to say, as he committed after his visit.
Smith is a versatile player who played both sides of the ball for Pinellas Park. He hauled in seven touchdowns as a receiver, and tallied three sacks on the defensive side of the ball.
Standing 6'2" and weighing 195 pounds, Smith could fill in the void left on the receiving corps from graduation, or could provide depth for a linebacker unit that is in need of help as well.
Either way, Smith will find a home on the roster, and should be a productive player for years to come.
Another commitment that was announced a couple of days ago came from Terry Pettis - a 6'6" WR/TE product of Fairburn (GA) Langston Hughes program has excellent athletic ability for having such a large frame.
Pettis is quick, agile, and has great hands - all characteristics that have MT fans chomping at the bit to see him in action. The speed he possesses for having such a large frame is pretty incredible.
Some talk had come up that some other programs were getting in his ear. Fear not though, Pettis appears to be 100% on board with Middle Tennessee, and depending on where the coaches would like his frame to be, he could see the field as early as next season.
Signing Day is officially here! Be sure to check GoMiddle.com throughout the morning and afternoon for news and notes on all of the newest additions to the Middle Tennessee football family.
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