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The Blue Raiders picked up their first commitment of the year this past week in the form of JUCO offensive tackle Sean Quinn. The staff is VERY excited about this 1 star gem. He will more than likely start both of his years on campus, probably at right tackle where he projects to be a punishing run blocker. He has huge size as well, at 6'8. If he can work on his foot speed, he could also become an exceptional pass blocker.
MTSU picked up several new commitments over the past few weeks. The first of that group is Center, Cedric Holland. Holland is a Georgia kid, a 3 star, and ranked the number 8 center in the country. Holland is abover average strength wise and has a tremendous burst off the line, that tends to be perfect for a run blocker. Coach Hickerson has said he wants to establish a dominant defense and lean on a run game, with the commitment of Holland now, and alreayd having Sean Quinn on board, the Blue Raiders appear to be well on their way to building that.
Jeffrey Washington, from St. Johns, Arizona is the 3rd offensive line commit for the Blue Raiders. Washington is probably the least ready to play immediately, but the most balanced lineman the Blue Raiders have signed thus far. While the previous 2 are excellent run blockers, Washington run blocks and pass blocks decent, neither exceptional. Hickerson likes the upside of the kid however, and loves his athleticism for a guard.
Adam Treangen is the only defensive commit thus far. Treangen is a strong safety out of Redan, GA. At 6'0, 188 he is a perfect size for a safety coming out of high school, with a little room to pack on some more weight. Treangen is highly regarded, but the coaching staff likes his potential. Look for Treangen to redshirt his first year on campus, barring a transfer or 2.
Adam Hawkins is the final commit in the class as of right now. Hawkins is a 6'5 tight end(excellent size) whom the coaching staff is in love with. He will be a sophomore when he enrolls and have 3 years of eligibility left. He isnt highly regarded, but Coach Hickerson thinks he can make an immediate impact next season as a receiving threat over the middle and create mismatches in CUSA play.
The 2nd defensive commit for the Blue Raiders in this class is Joshua Anderson. Coach Hickerson has already made it known that he and his staff will be switching to their preferred 4-3 defense next season as they begin to get some of "their guys" on campus. Anderson looks to fit the mold of a mike linebacker in this system. He has good size, tackles decent, and gets off blocks well. He will need to improve his instincts and awareness to have a huge impact for the Blue Raiders at the next level however.
Another defensive commit for MTSU. Cornerback Quinton Bonner. Bonner is one the coaching staff is very excited about. Bonner has the speed and conver skills to be a very effective football player the C-USA level. Expect Bonner to fight for playing time next season.
David Hughes is the 2nd commit at the MILB position for the Blue Raiders in this class. Hughes is a much more athletic linebacker than Anderson, but the lacks the tackling and run stopping ability that Anderson has out of high school. Expect one of these 2 to fight for the backup jobs next season as MTSU graduates 2 middle linebackers, but I also expect 1 to redshirt.
Jeff Johnson is the next commit. An OLB out of Georgia, Johnson has decent speed, but an EXCEPTIONAL burst off the edge. He is pretty good in coverage for a linebacker also. Expect him to see work on special team next season definitely, and possibly compete for playing time in situational opportunities.
David Hall is a defensive end out of Alabama. Standing at 6'3, he has decent size off the edge. He has good acceleration but lacks top end speed to chase plays down. The Blue Raiders just want a consistent pass rush out of Hall however, and he has the ability to provide that.
The final commit hauled in this past week for MTSU may go down to be the best in the class. Eric Vinson, a 3 star Guard out of Georgia has the potential to be an absolute beast. He has decent size, and an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage. That burst makes him an exceptional downhill run blocker. He also has shown an above average pass blocking ability as well. Look for Vinson and Sean Quinn to anchor this offensive line in the next 2 seasons as Coach Hickerson continues to try and establish a powerful running team.
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