Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hoffner touts recruiting class

As former Minnesota State football coach Clarence Holley once said, "Nobody's ever going to tell you their boys are a bunch of mules." Which was his folksy way of saying that recruiting is like an election ... you can say just about anything and nobody will remember once it's done. Hoffner received letters of intent from 35 high-school seniors on Wednesday, and speed seemed to be a common denominator.
Two were from Mankato, lineman Colby Straka of West and running back Kenthen King of East. Both were no-brainers for the Mavericks because both have parents that work at Minnesota State. Both players are at least a year away from contributing, but it's important for Hoffner keep the best local talent at home if possible.
The recruiting class is heavy on linemen, with seven offensive and six defensive. It's interesting that the Mavericks signed four linemen from Omaha, Neb., where you'd think Nebraska-Omaha would have scooped up the quality linemen. Offensive and defensive line might be a spot where a true freshman could find playing time this fall.
The Mavericks also got a recruit from the St. Louis area in cornerback Kelend Smith; the last player to come to Minnesota State from there was Kelvin Rodgers.Watch out for receiver Keyvan Rudd of Davenport, Iowa.
The class has two quarterbacks, possibly three, but they are unlikely to see the field next season. Steve Pachan clearly has the advantage, based on experience, but don't count out former Mankato West quarterback Ray Teachout. After redshirting last season, it sounds like the coaches are eager to find ways to get Teachout on the field.

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