NCF On The Trail: New Mexico Lobos

TE Koppenhaver headed to Duke

September, 16, 2013
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Senior tight end Davis Koppenhaver (Newhall, Calif./Hart) committed Saturday to sign with Duke.

Koppenhaver announced his decision on Twitter and the news was confirmed by multiple sources:



Colgate, Iowa State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UNLV and Yale were his other scholarship offers. Delaware, Stanford, UCLA and Virginia also recruited the 6-foot-5, 209-pound, three-star prospect.

Duke has 14 commitments in this recruiting cycle.

CB Zach Muniz picks Duke

August, 10, 2013
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Three-star cornerback Zach Muniz (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers) is on board with the Blue Devils, according to multiple reports.

Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami-OH, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan also offered the 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect. Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Northwestern expressed interest.

Muniz is commitment No. 14 for Duke.

Hogs add DT Armon Watts

August, 10, 2013
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Arkansas has received a pledge from 2014 defensive tackle Armon Watts (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College), according to multiple reports.

Razorbacks defensive coordinator Chris Ash served as his primary recruiter.

Watts' other scholarship offers include Ball State, Cincinnati, Idaho, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Indiana, Michigan State, Tennessee and UCLA also showed interest.

Arkansas now has 16 verbals and the 38th best class for 2014.

Cali QB Cade Apsay picks Buffaloes

June, 19, 2013
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Colorado landed a commitment Tuesday from quarterback Cade Apsay (Canyon County, Calif./Canyon), the Daily Camera reports.

Arizona, Eastern Washington, New Mexico and Northern Colorado also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 179-pound prospect. Boise State showed interest.

Apsay received congratulations from his high school offensive coordinator, Alex Reinwald, in Tweet:

 

Last fall, he was named league offensive player of the year after throwing for 3,333 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and rushing for 341 yards and 15 more scores.

Colorado has four verbals for the Class of 2014.
KATY, Texas -- As one of the 18 commits -- and counting -- in Baylor's 2014 recruiting class, Houston Elsik receiver Ishmael Zamora has little, if anything, left to prove.

With nearly a dozen offers and five from power-conference schools, the 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect secured his college football future when he committed to the Bears on May 21.


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LB Matthew Adams says yes to Houston

June, 6, 2013
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The Cougars have secured a commitment from 2014 linebacker Matthew Adams (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower), multiple sources report.

Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, North Texas, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas Southern, Texas State and Tulsa also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 203-pound defender.

Adams does not have any BCS offers at this time, but several programs including Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Utah expressed interest.

He posted an electronically timed 4.91 40-yard dash, 4.32 20-yard shuttle, 33.4-inch vertical, 38-foot, power throw and 90.18 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

The Cougars have picked up six of their eight verbals in June.
HOUSTON -- The first in-person impression Baylor made on 2014 offensive tackle Blake Blackmar (Houston/Clear Lake) was a significant one.

It was Nov. 17, 2012 when Blackmar attended the Bears' 52-24 upset of then-No. 1 Kansas State.

This spring, the Bears were also the first program to offer Blackmar, and on Saturday it paid dividends when he committed to the green and gold.

The 6-foot-6, 328-pound prospect picked the Bears over Kansas State and Texas Tech and delivered the news personally to the Baylor staff when he attended their camp on Saturday at Cypress Falls High School.


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With three solid pickups in the month of May, Northwestern has been hot with its recruiting. The Wildcats are hoping to add to his class with rising cornerback Verkedric Vaughns (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet).

Hearing Vaughns tell it, however, a decision isn’t even close -- no matter how difficult it is for him to think about recruiting.


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It might turn out that no high school in California possesses an offensive three-headed monster as potent and sought-after by college coaches as the one at La Mirada (Calif.) High School, with tight end Tyler Luatua, wide receiver Dallis Todd and 2015 quarterback Kevin Dillman.

While those three will have college coaches flocking to the La Mirada campus this spring, they'll have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on another offensive player for the Matadors in offensive guard Michael Trani.


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Find their way to San Jose State last weekend turned out to be very worthwhile for several California recruits, as the Spartans handed out a number of offers during their junior day.


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The final day of the regular signing period for football players is April 1. While ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) is set to attend Notre Dame, his brother Money Hunter is still looking for a college.


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Ducks land running back with late pitch 

February, 4, 2013
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After exploding on the scene as a senior, RB Kani Benoit (Phoenix/Thunderbird) slowly started to gain interest and offers. New Mexico, Colorado State, Toledo, Wyoming and UNLV all offered, while Arizona State, Illinois, Oregon and Vanderbilt showed interest but had yet to offer. Last week, the Ducks picked up their interest in Benoit again and he returned the favor.


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Three-star Lawrence headed to Pac-12 

February, 1, 2013
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Oregon State has landed a pledge from three-star athlete Corey Lawrence (Del City, Okla./Del City), multiple sources report. He took an official visit to Corvallis, Ore. for the weekend of Jan. 11th.

Lawrence, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, also officially visited New Mexico on Dec. 14th. Arkansas State, Indiana, Kansas State, North Texas and Tulsa were his other scholarship offers.

ESPN writes in his evaluation, "Lawrence is a dynamic offensive threat as a jack-of-all trades weapon in the backfield and as a receiver, but his skill set may lend to him developing into a cornerback at some point... is a versatile guy with return man upside in the kicking game. Good under the radar player."

The Beavers have 25 players on board for 2013.

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New Mexico pulls another from Dallas 

January, 29, 2013
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Offensive lineman Draven Taylor (Dallas/W.H. Adamson) has become the fifth 2013 prospect in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to select New Mexico, according to the Dallas Morning News. He spent the weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for an official visit.

Taylor posted via Twitter (Handle: @dredre_61), "Just committed ... Feels good to be able and and set up a good example to these young kids and show that you can achieve the goals you set ... nothing is impossible."

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Aztecs secure sleeper defensive back 

January, 27, 2013
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San Diego State, which possesses one of the top non-BCS classes for 2013, has added another high three-star prospect. Defensive back Charles Okonkwo (Fontana, Calif./Summit), the No. 25-rated safety according to ESPN, picked the Aztecs Sunday night, multiple sources report.


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