In the last few years since Broncoblitz came on line the Broncos have battled for several high profile prospects. They've got some and they've lost some. We take a look at some that the Broncos lost to see where they're at, and how they're progressing.
2007- Jasper Howard, Kirk Cousins, Trey Herndon, and Joe Weatherford.
2008- Adam Follett, Kyle Burkhart, Blaine Schafer, Marc Stevens, Rich Bell, and Joe Trebitz.
We'll also check on Scott Tolzien, Heath Cartwright, Vladimir Faustin, and D.J. Young.
WMU battled U Conn to the end for the services of Miami Edison corner Jasper Howard. The Broncos saw Howard as future starter in their defensive backfield, and a potential kick and punt returner as a true freshmen. Howard is a sophomore for the Huskies and is currently listed as a starting CB for them.
WMU spent a lot of time in Plymouth, Indiana in the hope of getting O-line prospect Blaine Schafer. Schefer eventually opted for Ball State. He left school shortly after the fall camp.
WMU was the first to recruit Kirk Cousins. Bill Cubit spent many hours at his house trying to convince Cousins to become a Bronco. Many, including this writer, believed Cousins would struggle for playing time at MSU. I'm not sure whether it's circumstances or talent, but Cousins is currently in contention to be the starter for the 2009 Spartans.
Joe Weatherford was a QB out of Land O'Lakes Florida. Weatherford had offers from several MAC schools and WMU was certainly in the mix for him, but in the end picked UCF. Weatheford is currently 2nd on the depth chart for UCF.
While Bill Cubit missed out on Weatherford, Cousins, and Follett, he did show that he has a great eye for talented QB's. The Broncos had a great shot at Follett, whose parents were both WMU alums. But in the end Follett wanted a shot at the Big Ten and chose Indiana. Follett is currently second on the Hoosier depth chart.
Trey Herndon was a WR prospect out of Bolles Academy in Jacksonville. The Broncos offered, but Herndon picked Minnesota. He has left the program.
Scott Tolzien was a QB out of Rolling Meadows who the Broncos offered. He ended up at Wisconsin. Tolzien is currently a junior, third on the Badger depth chart and has thrown 8 passes.
Kyle Burkhart was a JC defensive tackle prospect who committed to WMU. Only days before National Signing Day, Burkhart decommitted and signed with Southern Miss. Burkhart redshirted at Southern Miss. He has been moved to the OL where he is currently listed as second on the depth chart.
D.J. Young, the son of NFL player and former Loy Norrix coach Duane Young, was a Kalamazoo native who played his high school football at Kalamazoo Central and finished at Lansing Sexton. He was named to the Free Press Dream Team. Young ended up at Bowling Green, where he played in a handful of games. He left BG in his junior year. The last I had heard he was trying to walk on at MSU, but is not currently listed on their roster.
Heath Cartwright Carwright was a 6'6" OL prospect out of Chesterton, IN. Cartwright signed with Miami of Ohio. It appears Cartwright left Miami during the 2007 season and is out of football. His brother Grant, signed with CMU, but like Heath, is no longer on their roster.
Rich Bell was one of the first recruits I talked to after starting this site. His father was a high profile coach on the east coast, and was working with Rich to get the best possible school for him. For awhile it looked like it was between WMU and Frank Solich at Ohio. Bell finally committed to Ohio, but then decommitted and signed with Tulane. Bell is no longer listed on the Tulane roster.
Vladimir Faustin was a DE prospect out of Miami Pace, FL that the Broncos were in on till the end. Faustin eventually went to Kansas State. Faustin is currently a senior. He has never been a starter, but is currently listed at 2nd on the depth chart behind Brandon Harold, who was a true freshmen.
Joe Trebitz was a 6'3" 200 pound linebacking prospect out of Boca Raton, Florida. Trebitz had offers from FAU, FIU and WMU, and seemed headed to Western Michigan. In the 11th hour Pittsburgh got involved and Trebitz signed with the Panthers. Currently Trebitz is third on the depth chart at linebacker.