December 20, 2007

The class of 2008 has star power

The class of 2008 is shaping up to be the best class ever at Fresno State as the Bulldogs have a number of verbal commitments so far from players garnering a bunch of stars. With 11 commitments in the books, the average number of stars handed out puts the Bulldogs among the top-50 classes in the country.

Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham High School defensive end Malik Jackson is the headliner of the group and with less than two months before the official signing day the Bulldogs are hoping his verbal will stick. If so, he will become only the fourth 4-star player to commit to Fresno State and only the second player since the 2002 recruiting class when both Vincent Mays and Ricky Miller were given four stars. The only other player ever to garner four stars by was College of the Canyons offensive lineman James Paulk in 2005.

Right behind Jackson is six different commits with 3-star status, giving the Bulldogs an average of 2.8 stars per commit. Recent commit Austin Wentworth has yet to be graded out by the folks at Rivals, and likely will be given two or three stars.

The 2.8 average has the Fresno State recruiting class ranked No. 43 in the nation based on star average and if Wentworth were to be awarded three stars, they would move up even higher. The Bulldogs are currently sitting at No. 62 in the nation overall, which is a bit misleading given that the formula used also factors in total commits. The 2007 class was considered by many to be one of the best classes ever in Fresno State when it finished No. 74 overall in the nation.

Conversely, our competitors over at see things a little differently as they have Fresno State ranked No. 73 in the nation thus far, with an average of only 1.77 stars per player.

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