Western Michigan's 2011 recruiting class probably won't be ranked by many scouting services as a top-tier group in the Mid-American Conference. The truth is, the Broncos likely will end up in the middle or bottom half of the conference.
But Broncos coach Bill Cubit showed again that he isn't afraid to battle bigger programs for recruits, even if some of their best targets chose other schools.
Western Michigan signed 21 players, with the majority of them having to chose from multiple FBS offers.
"If you want players, you've got to play the game," Cubit told the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette.
The game Cubit played was to go after several athletes who were a cut above the typical MAC recruit. The Broncos wanted defensive tackles Donte Phillips and Luther Maddy, but they signed with Texas Tech and Virginia Tech, respectively.
Defensive end Theiren Cockran intended to sign with the Broncos, then changed his mind on signing day and opted for Minnesota. Ritchy Desir had the Broncos on his radar until making a late choice to go to Syracuse.
TOP OF THE CLASS
OT Tim Maka -- The Broncos grabbed an experienced player in Maka, a 24-year-old who served a mission before playing at Mt. San Antonio College in California. Maka is 6-foot-7, 295 pounds and should be ready to contend for playing time in 2011.
DT Damian Thomas -- He had an offer from national champion Auburn at one time, so the Broncos are getting a guy who is better than the average MAC recruit. Thomas should fit in with returning players Travonte Boles and Drew Nowak in an inside rotation in 2011.
WR Kendrick Roberts -- He had multiple offers from MAC schools, and Iowa took a serious look at him. Coach Bill Cubit said he'd be "shocked" if Roberts doesn't have a stellar career with the Broncos.
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