The Highest Rated Class in MAC History
2017 was a very disappointing year for Broncos fans. Coming off a historic 13-1 record, a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2016 and on the heels of PJ Fleck leaving for Minnesota, the 6-6 record in 2017 was less than ideal. Names like Darius Phillips and Chukwuma Okorafor have gone on to join the ranks of Broncos in the NFL, so now we look to the future.
If the 2017 season was a letdown for first year head coach Tim Lester, the 2017 offseason sure made up for it. Amassing the highest rated recruiting class in MAC history, the future looks extremely bright for Western as we look ahead to the next 4 years. The class is compiled with homegrown recruits from Michigan and ranges all the way to Florida. Here we’ll highlight some of the gems of the class.
Antwan Reed – http://www.hudl.com/profile/3967593/Antwan-AJ-Reed
Offensive Tackle 6’7” 320
Originally committed to Penn State, it’s easy to see why Antwan is the highest rated MAC recruit in history. On tape he looks all 6’7” 320 pounds, dominating smaller highschool defenders, a frame that could push him into fighting for a starting spot come spring ball. What I really like about Reed is his raw technique, his ability to extend his arms and drive through defenders. He also shows a good burst of quickness when getting to the second level. Overall, Antwan Reed is going to go down in history alongside names of Taylor Moton and Chukwuma Okorafor, continuing WMU’s offensive lineman NFL pipeline.
Kaleb Eleby – https://www.hudl.com/profile/3987890/Kaleb-Eleby
Quarterback 6’2” 205
Hailing from Missouri, Eleby is considered a Pro-Style quarterback with an absolute cannon for an arm. He looks very athletic with no issues throwing off balance or while on the run. And when he does take off and run he shows his ability to move well. I really like how poised he looks in the pocket and how he isn’t afraid to take a hit in order to move the ball down the field and make tough throws. Eleby looks like a gamer to me and can very well compete with second year man Reece Goddard to push Jon Wassink to step up his game.
Ronnie Buford – https://www.hudl.com/profile/8499981/Ronnie-Buford
Defensive End 6’4” 205
The Chelsea Bulldog product is a lanky defensive end with raw talent. On tape Buford shows a nose for the ball and a knack for getting around the offensive lineman and into the backfield disrupting plays. His size and athleticism makes me believe he has very good upside for the Broncos. Once Buford gets into the training program, fills out his long frame and adds some more size, he could be a solid defensive player for years to come.
Andre Carter – https://www.hudl.com/profile/6425117/Andre-Carter
Defensive End 6’4” 230
Another name in the long list of Detroit Cass Tech D1 products, Carter could be a diamond in the rough for this class.With more than a dozen offers you can see why Carter was a sought after prospect. The first thing that sticks out to me is his relentless pursuit from his D-line position. His athleticism and quickness allows him to be position to make a play almost every snap. He also shows raw strength and technique that can be molded well by WMU’s coaching staff and could one day add his name to Broncos in the NFL.
Kmare Carey – https://www.hudl.com/profile/6689616/Kmare-Carey
Defensive Back 6’2” 170
Playing defensive back, you don’t get your hands on the ball very often. But when Kmare does he shows his ability to make people miss and can be a threat to score. At 6’2” he has good size which allows him to be very versatile and could play either corner or safety. When he has to fill and support the run, Kmare lights up opponents and is a sure tackler. He seems stronger than he looks and has a little nastiness to him that I really like.
Jayden Reed – https://www.hudl.com/profile/5625181/Jayden-Reed
Athlete 6’0” 170
Saving the possible best for last, this kid is absolutely ELECTRIC. I mean where to start, Jayden has great hands catching everything thrown his way, showcases a natural ability to find space and get open, and might be the most athletic recruit in the class. I can’t help but draw parallels to the great Darius Phillips when watching Reed’s tape. He clearly has next level speed and can play anywhere on the offensive side of the ball. Whenever he has the ball in his hands he’s a threat to score no matter where he is on the field. I can’t say enough good things about Jayden and can’t wait to see him make some on field magic for the Broncos.