Well, this is the last article in this series. At least for the 2016 class it is. This has been an interesting series for me because we always see the players the other teams get after we play them, but never coming in to college. We find out about them the hard way, that is, when they blow up on the field. While some of the teams don't necessarily all have players that go crazy on the Broncos, there have been plenty that do.
San Jose State is not generally one of those teams, and after discussing them last week, I don't really expect that to change with the 2016 class. This week's team and the last team on our list is Hawaii.
Looking over their list, they seemed to have grabbed some good talent. Who might those players be?
Mykal Tolliver, CB, Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco) 6'0" 170lbs
Mykal had a respectable offer list, including a good chunk of the MW, Washington State and Northwestern. He played the majority of his high school career at Mater Dei, and seemingly transferred to SJB for his senior year. He had 38 total tackles, 30 solo, 1 TFL and 1 INT his senior year. He didn't have a full senior year highlights so I picked his highlights from his game against Centennial. He does well with open field tackles. He had solid coverage, knowing where to be and when he needed to be there. He has good speed as well.
Ikem Okeke, OLB, Las Vegas, NV (Bishop Gorman) 5'11.5" 210lbs
Aside from Hawaii, Ikem had offers from Nevada and UNLV. While he didn't have a ton of offers, he played for a winning program in Bishop Gorman. He knows how to win. That could be a challenge at Hawaii, but with new life being breathed into the coaching staff over there, we may see some changes there. His senior year he had 42 total tackles, 27 solo, with 3 TFL and 1 sack. While those numbers might be a tad low, it brings me to a couple of conclusions. Okeke may have been a backup LB. The BG defensive line may have been crazy good, keeping runners from getting beyond that. Or, the runners would get through the line, past the LBs, and into the secondary. Who knows. His stats aren't terrible by any means, but generally LBs have the highest tackles numbers on the team. He has great vision and is able to dissect a play as a happens. He is a physical hitter, welcoming contact. And, rounding out the LB package, he does well in coverage.
Freddie Holly, RB, Riverside, CA (Norte Vista) 5'11" 200lbs
Freddie passed on offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, SJSU and Wyoming to go to Hawaii. Not sure why you would pass on Wyoming for Hawaii...errr...ok yeah I know of a few reasons. Anyway, He had a stellar senior year at Norte Vista taking 219 carries for 2,002 yards and 24 TDs. That's good for 9.1 yards per carry. He isn't the fastest running back I've seen, but he has more than enough speed to outrun pursuing defenders in the open field. He doesn't go down on first contact and he has good vision to see where the running lanes are. Nice pick-up for the Warriors.
All in all, I'd say Hawaii fared pretty well in the 2016 class. I expect them to be better under coach Rolo, but I don't know what a reasonable expectation for them in 2016 should be. 3-10 shouldn't be too tough to beat, but it IS Hawaii.
That wraps up this series for the 2016 recruiting classes. Hopefully you all enjoyed the series as much as I enjoyed writing it. Fortunately, the countdown has started! Keep an eye on the homepage and make sure you're following us on Twitter (@OBNUG) and on Facebook. GO BRONCOS!!