By Eduardo Lerma
SAN MARCOS – The Texas State Bobcats completed their 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday with 25 members joining the bobcats on National Signing Day.
|Sami Awad||D-Line||McKinney, TX|
|T.J. Bedford||WR||Covington, LA|
|John Brannon||ILB||McKinney, TX|
|Caleb Carlie||OL||Waxahachie, TX|
|Gjemar Daniels||D-Line||Kennedale, TX|
|Preston Dimery||DB||Kerrville, TX|
|Nic Foster||OL||Arlington, TX|
|Jaylen Gibson||QB||Mexia, TX|
|London Harris||OLB||Rosharon, TX|
|Jeremiah Haydel||WR||Houston, TX|
|Willie Jones III||QB||Beaumont, TX|
|Reese Jordan||OL||Decatur, TX|
|Kishawn Kelley||QB||Corsicana, TX|
|Tanner King||OL||Houston, TX|
|Anthony Mayes||OL||Washington, DC|
|Jaylin Nelson||ATH||Duncanville, TX|
|Josh Newman||DB||Cedar Hill, TX|
|Caeveon Patton||D-Line||Cuero, TX|
|Kieston Roach||DB||Houston, TX|
|Kordell Rodgers||DB||Lufkin, TX|
|Anthony Smith||RB||Fort Worth, TX|
|Jakharious Smith||OLB||Grand Prairie, TX|
|Caleb Twyford||WR||Farmersville, TX|
|Nick Wilkins||D-Line||Rosharon, TX|
|Damian Williams||QB||Metairie, LA|
Everett Withers and his coaching staff preached all of last season that there was a lot of talent in the state of Texas. Withers said that Texas State was a goldmine of a school to recruit to but had struggles and departures in 2016 and they needed contributions fast. The Cats needed to recruit well for 2017, and they did.
The coaching staff recruited 25 signees for Texas State’s 2017 recruiting class. Withers focused on athletes that can help contribute to the rise of the Bobcats, receiving 22 out of 25 pledges from within the state. Well, it is Texas…State.
The departure of several quarterbacks in the offseason left room for graduate transfer Damian Williams of Mississippi State to swoop in as the hopeful starter for the 2017 season.
The Bobcats recruited to their immediate needs with the offensive line, quarterback and defensive back positions.
Withers and his staff have started breaking ground on what looks to be a solid foundation for the years to come. The addition of student athletes that come from winning programs was an important factor for Withers and his staff.
“It’s one of the baseline things that you look at. We want guys who know how to win. It’s hard to teach a guy how to win,” Withers said. “If he’s 17 or 18 years old and doesn’t know how to compete to win, what makes you think you’re going to change him in six months? You may help him improve and learn how to strain a little more, but guys that know how to fight, scratch and go win games is really important to us.”
In comparison to the rest of the Sun Belt conference, the Bobcats finished with the best average rating. The Bobcats rank 85th in the nation according to 247Sports. In comparison to the rest of FBS the Bobcats had a better average rating than:
• Bowling Green (86)
• Tulsa (88)
• Western Michigan (91)
• Ohio (103)
• Temple (112)
In 2017, Texas State will bring in Withers’ first full recruiting class that will learn to play the Withers way.
“I don’t know if I can judge it today, but hopefully by sometime next year we’ll be able to say that we’re more athletic and better. On paper we are, but you don’t win games on paper,” Withers said. “We’re more athletic on paper, but it’s really going to show when we get those players here over the summer and in the fall. We’re close, but we’re not there yet. This is just a start.”