Western Michigan provided further evidence Wednesday of why their recruiting classes are being called the best in Mid-American Conference history.
P.J. Fleck and running backs coach Mike Hart, the former Michigan All-American, were able to persuade four-star Southfield running back Matt Falcon to come on board.
Falcon tweeted late Wednesday afternoon that he would be coming to WMU. He originally committed to Michigan, then suffered a torn ACL a week prior to his senior season.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said the university would honor Falcon’s scholarship, but he wouldn’t be allowed to play football. Falcon de-committed earlier this month and opened up the recruiting process, saying Sunday night in an interview with The News that “I still have options, coaches wanting me to play for them. I’ve had multiple conversations with Coach Fleck and Coach Hart at Western Michigan. They’ve done some amazing things at Western Michigan.”
Fleck signed the MAC’s best-ever recruiting class two years ago, ranked as high as 59th nationally by Rivals.com. That class produced running back Jarvion Franklin, who was the conference’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player last season as a true freshman. It also produced three-star recruit Jamauri Bogan, who has rushed for 764 yards and 11 TDs this season as a redshirt freshman.
With Falcon’s commitment, the Broncos are now ranked 54th for the 2016 class by rivals.com, one spot behind Oklahoma and one ahead of Illinois. The class also includes several three-star recruits in Clinton Township Chippewa Valley receiver Stefan Claiborne, Detroit King defensive back Dontre Boyd, Indianapolis Cathedral defensive lineman Kendall Coleman, Warren DeLaSalle linebacker Eric Rogers, Mount Pleasant receiver Kalebb Perry, Evanston (Ill.) quarterback Matt Little, Luxemburg (Wis.) Casco offensive lineman Spencer Kanz, Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw and Glendale (Wis.) linebacker Tristian Pipp.
Last year’s class brought in three-star center John Keenoy from East Kentwood, who is starting, and four-star recruit (scout.com) Justin Tranquill, a defensive back from Huntertown, Ind. who was the program’s highest-rated recruit ... before Falcon.