- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Rising cornerback Quinton Tezeno (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) is one of those players who lets his play do the talking. Just ask his teammate -- and Baylor commit -- four-star linebacker Travon Blanchard.
Bring up Tezeno to Blanchard and hear the inflection in his voice. Tezeno gets high praise from his teammate. On Friday, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback solidified his college future by verbally committing to UTEP.
Tezeno became UTEP’s second commitment of the 2013 recruiting class, joining offensive tackle Derek Elmendorff (El Paso/Franklin). Tezeno was offered at Thursday’s UTEP satellite camp in Katy, Texas.
“I’ve grown up with him since pee wee football,” Blanchard said of Tezeno. “The No. 1 thing our coaches teach is mental toughness, and they [UTEP] are getting someone who won’t fold in the fourth quarter. It’s nice to see one of your classmates grow up and have their school paid for.”
A first-team all-district selection, Tezeno has run the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. He turned in a time of 4.5 seconds at the UTEP camp and caught the attention of coaches with his play during 1-on-1 drills.
UTEP was Tezeno’s only offer, but he also had interest from Houston. He was recruited by Miners cornerbacks coach Gabe Franklin.
“When I went to the camp, it felt right,” Tezeno said. “I like Coach Franklin. He’s a real cool coach. I told my coach if they were going to offer, I would commit.”
Blanchard added: “They’re getting someone with blazing speed and someone who can cover. You won’t have to repeat anything to him. If it’s man to man or zone, he’ll do it.”
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