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Defections aside, Monken upbeat about Southern Miss recruits

Defections aside, Monken upbeat about Southern Miss recruits
Published On: Tue, Feb 11
Nov 16, 2013; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Jaquez Johnson (12) dives for yards while tackled by Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defensive lineman Octavius Thomas (99) during the first half at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

For Southern Miss, Signing Day came and went, and the Golden Eagles ended up with 23 new players signed to scholarships.

So did Southern Miss meet its needs?

When some players fall out late, you can pick out where we lost somebody and say we didnt meet our need, USM football coach Todd Monken said. Otherwise, theyd be with us. But we werent in any position to say, Boy, if we dont get that player, where are we going to be? What are we going to do now?

That wasnt the case.

The late fallouts Monken referred to were likely the four commitments who flipped to other schools late in the recruiting process. Bandit end Torrence Brown (Tuscaloosa Academy, Ala.), running back JVonte Herrod (Kennesaw, Ga.), defensive back Ty Northern (Pearl River Community College) and offensive lineman Ronald Cochran (Olive Branch) were each Southern Miss commits before flipping to Penn State, Middle Tennessee, Memphis and Mississippi State, respectively.

The Golden Eagles are allowed to sign 25 players, but through attrition and the ability to count back scholarships, went into Wednesday with 29 available spots. The team can sign two more players between now and April 1.

Monken said he operates by targeting a certain number of players at each position.

Youve got to get within reason of that, he said. Lets say youre going to recruit 16 offensive linemen, youre going to try to get up to that. If you get to 14 or 15, youre still probably OK. Then, you can kind of maybe take the best player available. Most of the time, you have to make sure you have enough at each position, and I thought we did a good job with that.

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