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247Sports Elevated Two Toledo Signees To 4-Star Status

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BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Toledo football isn't exactly a recruiting powerhouse, but 247Sports' updated rankings are very kind to the Rockets.

Toledo football is established as a power in the MAC. The program has done very well with its coaching hires over the last three decades.

Jason Candle has gone 21-7 since taking over for Matt Campbell, after he left for Iowa State. Campbell was 35-15 during his time in Toledo.

It goes back farther than just those two coaches. Tim Beckman had a successful run there before Campbell, which he parlayed into the Illinois job.

Tom Amstutz was 58-41 before Beckman. The two coaches before him: Gary Pinkel and Nick Saban.

The last Toledo coach to leave the program with a sub-.500 record is Chuck Stobart. He led the Rockets from 1977-1981.

So in terms of Group of Five programs, Toledo has been a good bet for a while. Now, Candle is recruiting at a level similar to that of some bottom tier Power Five programs.

247Sports updated its recruiting rankings. With the new rankings, two Toledo signees have been bumped up to four stars.

Toledo wide receiver signee Jalin Cooper: If Cooper was playing football in Georgia or Florida, he’d have 25 offers. As it is he’s in New York and Toledo found a gem. He’s close to 6-4, he’s a 10.8 100 meter guy, a nasty dunker in basketball and he’s a smooth glider on the football field.

Toledo offensive line signee Lavel Dumont: A kid who found the football field late, we were big fans of Dumont when he committed back in June and feel like it’s time to take a shot on a kid with tremendous athletic upside and a very raw skillset who hasn’t really been coached much before hitting a college campus.

It should be noted that this is only for 247's internal rankings. The site's composite rankings, which roll in those from the other major recruiting services, have both players as three-stars.

However, Toledo can claim a third blue-chip recruit if it wants. ESPN has quarterback Carter Bradley as a four-star recruit.

With the updated recruiting rankings, Toledo football's class is first in the MAC and 65th in the nation, per the composite rankings, ahead of four Power Five schools as well as big programs like BYU. 247's rankings have the Rockets 57th.