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kyyote
February 04, 2016, 10:06:37 PM by kyyote
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That's pretty much it.  Well, I'll throw in a Holy Shit!
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Signing day

UTEP lands 24 signees

BRET BLOOMQUIST

EL PASO TIMES

UTEP coach Sean Kugler’s fourth signing day press conference, one that introduced 24 Miners-to-be Wednesday to the Miner Athletic Club, began in a slightly different manner than his previous three.

This time around, he didn’t have to explain a class rated poorly by recruiting services.

Part of that is because by now the list of previous zero-star recruits who have turned into UTEP stars is fairly well established and proven. Part of that is because the 2016 crop is by far his most highly rated group — eighth in Conference USA by a Rivals.com site that for the previous three years ranked UTEP last in the league.

Most importantly, the biggest reason UTEP’s class has overachieved the past few seasons, a preponderance of underrecruited El Pasoans, reached a new high Wednesday.

“We kept seven players home, we’re not going to get all of them, but these guys we’re very excited about,” Kugler said. “We’ve signed 17 since we’ve been here and we’re going to continue that, it’s where recruiting starts for us. It’s not just lip service.”

The local list is headed by El Paso’s player of the year, Richie Rodriguez, the state’s leading 6A receiver out of Eastwood High. It also includes the player throwing him all those passes, Trooper

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quarterback Mark Torrez, Montwood defensive lineman Josh Ortega and offensive lineman Bobby Deharo, Chapin receiver Brannon Bullitt, Parkland defensive lineman Christian Johnson and Americas defensive back Eric Foster.

“Josh Ortega is one of the best defensive tackles in the city and West Texas and Bobby is a talented offensive lineman,” Montwood football coach Chuck Veliz said. “Sean Kugler and his staff have done a great job of identifying the talent in El Paso. The past couple of years have provided two of the best recruiting classes in the past several years.”

As for the rest of the class, it has 23 high school players and one junior college offensive lineman. It has 12 defensive players evenly distributed between linemen, linebackers and defensive backs, and 12 offensive players.

“You’re going to hear me use a lot of the same words,” Kugler said when introducing each of his 24 players. “I’m going to use words like ‘production.’ We have players who produced. I’m going to use words like, ‘versatility.’ The more players can do the more the team will be successful. I’ll use words like, ‘physicality.’ That’s what our program is built around. We’ve upgraded our quickness.

“We signed the Texas Class 4A player of the year (Kennedale’s Quardraiz Wadley), we signed the El Paso player of the year.”

Nineteen of the 24 players are from Texas, including the highest rated player in the class, three-star defensive end Keith Sullivan from Aldine Davis in the Houston area. The other biggest prospect is running back Antonio Dupree from Baltimore, one of four running backs in this class.

While talking about each player, Kugler told a story about Kevin Dove, a 250-pound running back from El Campo. “I asked him what he likes to do when he’s not playing football and he said he breaks horses,” Kugler said. “I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘I break horses. Wild horses, I tame them.’ He had scars all over his legs, ‘This is where I got kicked.’ I said, ‘You’ll be perfect.’ “ On Wadley, who rushed for 45 touchdowns as a senior, Kugler compared him to current Miner star Aaron Jones.

“But when Aaron Jones came out of high school, he was 165 pounds. Wadley weighs 180,” Kugler said. “If you go way back, he has some John Harvey in him, too.”

Harvey set the school’s rushing record in 1988, one Jones could break in 2016.

As for next year, UTEP has a new recruiting coordinator in Don Yanowsky, Kugler announced Wednesday. The previous coordinator, secondary coach Gabe Franklin, has left for his alma mater Boise State.

“I’m giving the guys off until Monday, then we start on next year,” Kugler said.

They have some new toys to do it with.

Bret Bloomquist may be reached at 546-6151; bbloomquist@elpasotimes. com; @bretbloomquist on Twitter.

Tiano Tialavea_

Keith Sullivan_

Justin Rogers_

Sione Tupou__

Walter Dawn_

Kevin Dove_

Mark Torrez__

Christian Johnson

Josh Ortega__

Eric Foster Joseph Pickney___

Dylan Parsee__

Kolbi McGary

Amorama Noel__

Ronald Awatt___

Jared Goldwire_

UTEP head coach Sean Kugler announces his 2016 recruiting class at the Larry Durham Center Wednesday afternoon. The class includes 24 signees; 19 are from Texas, with seven of those coming from El Paso.

RUBEN R. RAMIREZ/EL PASO TIMES

“We kept seven players home, we’re not going to get all of them, but these guys we’re very excited about.”

SEAN KUGLER

ON LOCAL SIGNEES

Broderick Harrell Dedrick Simpson_ Brannon Bullitt_ Antonio Dupree_ Tanner Stallings___ Richie Rodriguez Quardraiz Wadley_ Bobby Deharo_
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December 21, 2015, 11:09:23 PM by NMSU sucks | Views: 1129 | Comments: 19

Norfolk State really???????? Really??????? Year 6 and you get dominated by Norfolk State.  6 years here and UT Arlington has a better basketball program than us.  Please go cause you are stinking up the Don Haskins Center.
December 07, 2015, 04:43:05 PM by NMSU sucks | Views: 613 | Comments: 13

UTEP 68
WSU 72

The losing streak continues.
December 03, 2015, 11:22:58 AM by NMSU sucks | Views: 666 | Comments: 13

UT Arlington 72
UTEP 62
November 29, 2015, 08:03:50 PM by MondoMiner | Views: 2115 | Comments: 35

November 29, 2015, 03:30:54 PM by MondoMiner | Views: 689 | Comments: 16

I like how there may be team leaders, but not one big star like Hunter was last year.  What was great about those teams in the 80's was that you never knew which guy would step up each game.  Feitl, Goodwin, Reynolds, Gates, Hardaway, Cunningham, Hamilton.  They were deep and well-rounded, and I get that sense with this team. Off to our best start in the Floyd era and hopefully they can keep it going.  We haven't had an NCAA tourney win since Kansas in '92.  It's time.  Picks up!  Miner Strong!
roundsound
November 28, 2015, 09:48:58 PM by roundsound
Views: 585 | Comments: 17

Miners-80
NMSU-65

The Aggies aren't big scorers so far this year. They just dropped a 64-65 OT decision to Air Force who aren't that impressive. Our guards put it together and make a boat load of 3s to keep the Aggies at arms length.
Austintacious
November 28, 2015, 06:34:48 PM by Austintacious
Views: 282 | Comments: 4

Congrats.  Next game is Tuesday.  Start it tomorrow.

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