Conference USA recruiting
Western Kentucky commitments Chukwunedu Okeke had lots of other offers, but chose the Hilltoppers. He posed here with WKU asst coach Carson Hall (PHOTO CREDIT: Chukwunedu Okeke)

Conference USA Recruiting Top Commitments: Virginia School Tops All

Conference USA recruiting is at a high level. FanBuzz, along with our partners at Yahoo-Rivals, takes a look at who is elite.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football, and it's time to break down who is winning the battles off the field in addition to the ones on television each weekend. This one will feature Conference USA recruiting, with the American Athletic Conference having already been published (linked below). The Mid-American Conference, Mountain West and Sun Belt are next.

Nine football programs are in a rebuilding Conference USA. Some programs that have some of the top individuals have smaller recruiting classes, and some with larger classes don't have a top-five C-USA commitment — but it's still early. We worked in conjunction with our partners at to rank the teams and individuals — though our ranking method is a bit different from the recruiting network's criteria.

The Top Three C-USA Program Rankings

Conference USA recruiting

Liberty quarterback recruit Jayden Bradford was coveted by several Power Five programs. (Photo credit: Jayden Bradford)

No. 1 - Liberty: The Flames are dominating the Conference USA recruiting rankings, placing seven of their commitments on the FanBuzz Top 15 list for C-USA. The Flames boast the top three (see below), including four-star quarterback Jayden Bradford, whom the recruiting services dropped to a three-star prospect after previously having him as a Top 100, high-end four-star national prospect prior to him picking a Group of Five school instead of Power Five.

Bradford told FanBuzz this week that even though he had Power Five options (11 to be exact), Liberty was the perfect fit in his eyes. The South Carolina native is currently enrolled at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and he has a lot of faith in first-year coach Jamey Chadwell.

No. 2 - Western Kentucky: The gem of the group is Chukwunedu Okeke, but he isn't the only stud in this commitment class so far. While WKU has three players in the top 15, if this were expanded to a top 30, the Hilltoppers would have more like eight or nine on the list. The class is balanced and large (16 recruits so far), and the program is going places. There are several three-star-caliber recruits, and quarterback Tucker Parks is a hidden-gem steal out of the known hotbed of Texas. This is a good-looking class heading into the early signing period of December.

No. 3 - Florida International: What would you expect? FIU is located in the middle of one of the nation's top recruiting hotbeds in the Dade-Broward-Palm Beach three-county corridor, otherwise known as "South Florida" — not to be confused with the university located in Tampa Bay. The Golden Panthers have a nice, well-rounded class with many recruits coming on board very early — showing enthusiasm and commitment to what coach Mike MacIntyre is trying to build down in Miami. Much like WKU, if this were a top 30 list, FIU would have a lot more players on it — but top-name quarterback Clayton Dees and defensive tackle Robert Williams are elite C-USA pickups.

Rest of the Country - G5 Recruiting

American (AAC) | Conference USA (C-USA) | Mid-American (MAC) | Mountain West (MWC) | Sun Belt (SWC)

National Top 15 Programs | National Top 100 Commitments

The Top 15 in Conference USA Recruiting

FanBuzz conference rankings are placed in order in conjunction with our professional partners at However, they vary some.

1 Jayden Bradford QB Liberty
2 Eric Smith WR Liberty
3 Eli Sisson TE Liberty
4 Chukwunedu Okeke DE Western Kentucky
5 Jadon Mayfield LB Louisiana Tech
6 Blake Heckmann OT Liberty
7 Robert Williams DT FIU
8 Clayton Dees QB FIU
9 Mason Ferguson WR Louisiana Tech
10 Caden Williams RB Liberty
11 Cameron Flowers ATH Western Kentucky
12 Devin Henderson ATH Liberty
13 Zackariah Simmons-Brown RB Western Kentucky
14 Rex Lahr OL Liberty
15 Salahadin Allah RB Sam Houston

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