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A look back at the Mike Leach's 2012 recruiting class

Part 2 of our look at the 2012 recruiting class

Gabe Marks is the offensive jewel of The 2012 recruiting class
Gabe Marks is the offensive jewel of The 2012 recruiting class
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Last week, we took a look at the defensive members of Mike Leach's first recruiting class. This week we examine the offensive recruits. Leach said he was simply "looking for good football players" on signing day. Did he succeed? Let's take a look.

QB Austin Apodaca: A holdover from Paul Wulff's recruiting class, Apodaca transferred to a junior college before landing at New Mexico.

WR Brett Bartolone: After a stellar freshman year in which he was named All Pac-12 honorable mention, Bartolone struggled with injuries before retiring this fall.

P Michael Bowlin: JUCO transfer started two years for the Cougars averaging 40.6 yards per punt.

RB Teondray Caldwell: Caldwell was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention kick returner as a freshman. He had a less successful sophomore year and left the program after an ill-fated move to safety last season.

OL Denzell Dotson: Left the program after his freshman year.

OL Sam Flor: The redshirt junior was listed as a backup center after spring practice.

OL Sam Jones: Promising junior college lineman was not able to qualify academically.

WR Robert Lewis: The redshirt sophomore (grayshirted after signing) goes into this season as the starting H receiver. Could end up being a three year starter.

WR Gabe Marks: Redshirt junior heads into the season as a potential all-conference performer.

OL Eduardo Middleton: Heads into the season as the starting right guard as a redshirt junior.

OL Alex Mitchell: Never enrolled at WSU.

OL Niu Sale: Redshirted for one season before leaving the program.

OL BJ Salmonson: After grayshirting the sophomore is still pretty far down the depth chart.

OL Pierson Villarrubia: Transferred to SE Louisiana after his redshirt year.

RB Theron West: Junior college player was a solid special teams player who is most remembered for his performance in the New Mexico Bowl.

Overall I'd say that the offensive class was not overly successful. The offensive line class is the biggest failure, with only one player (Middleton) being a real contributor, out of the eight recruited. The only position Leach really hit on was the wide receivers. All three of those recruits were contributors at some point.

How do you guys think this class turned out relative to expectations?



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