FCS fans may think it's too early to talk about recruiting, but with the early signing period that the NCAA instituted (for December), the world of FCS recruiting has accelerated and there are several programs that are already in double digits as far as class size. Today, we rank this year's list of FCS commitments who are projected to play in the Southland Conference.
SCHEDULE: DL (Thursday, Oct. 4); DBs (Friday, Oct. 5); LBs (Monday, Oct. 8), OL (Tuesday, Oct. 9), RBs (Wednesday, Oct. 10), WR/TEs (Thursday, Oct. 11), QBs (Friday, Oct. 12), This week (Conference by Conference); OVERALL TOP 150 (Monday, Oct. 22); Top 25 Classes (Tuesday, Oct. 23)
How do we come to the Southland rankings below? It's a mixture of a couple of things:
- How do the ratings services see them at the time of the commitment? (because many FCS commitments lose their higher ranking status after they commit to this level)
- How many offers does this recruit possess? If a large quantity of college coaches are offering this individual, that holds clout — even over the star rankings.
- Who is offering? If a young man has Power Five Conference offers or multiple FBS offers, that's another key factor in what you see below.
- This is only high school prospects. We'll do something separate on transfers.
So take a look at the Top FCS Southland commitments so far. This is something we will follow through February 2019.
|RK||FCS SCHOOL||POS||RECRUIT||HOMETOWN||OTHER OPTIONS|
|1||CENTRAL ARKANSAS||OL||Drew Vest||Searcy, AR||So.Alab. – 9 total offers|
|2||MCNEESE||LB||Christian Guillory||Lake Charles, LA||3 FBS, 6 total offers|
|3||SE LOUISIANA||DL||Jaylon Ned||Lake Charles, LA||5 FBS, 11 total offers|
|4||CENTRAL ARKANSAS||DL||James Kitt||Pensacola, FL||UAB, Southern Miss, USA|
|5||ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF||OL||Jared Laughlin||Hamburg, AR||Texas Southern|
|6||CENTRAL ARKANSAS||DB||Cameron Sims||Memphis, TN||2 FBS, 9 total|
|7||NORTHWESTERN ST.||DB||Jared Pedraza||Franklin, TX||Toledo|
|8||SE LOUISIANA||ATH||Ed Magee||Kentwood, LA||Idaho, Jackson State|
|9||NICHOLLS||WR||Chandler Whitfield||Zachary, TX||6 FCS offers|
|10||MCNEESE||LB||Jake LaFleur||Sulphur, LA||La Tech, Tulsa, 4 FCS offers|
|11||HOUSTON BAPTIST||WR||Justin Hull||Katy, TX||Air Force decommit, Robert Morris|
|12||MCNEESE||RB||Anthony Johnson||Lake Charles, LA||6 FCS offers|
|13||MCNEESE||DB||Eli Johnson||Denham Springs, LA||4 FCS|
|14||CENTRAL ARKANSAS||OL||Chandler Knandel||Aledo, TX||3 total offers|
|15||CENTRAL ARKANSAS||DL||Joshua George||Benton, AR||UT Martin, SEMO, Ark-PB, Morehead|