January 29, 2011

Aggies welcome local New Mexico football talent

A quick look at the 2011 commitment list for Aggie football indicates three verbal commits in Brandon Bettancourt, Abram Holland, and Matthew Jaramillo, all from the state of New Mexico. Bettancout hails from Las Cruces, NM (Mayfield), Holland from Rio Rancho, NM (Rio Rancho), and Jaramillo from Albuquerque, NM (West Mesa).

A fourth Aggie verbal commit, Anthony Kennedy recently changed his mind and decided to stay close to home in Albuquerque, NM and attend UNM.

Nice job by coach Walker's staff to pick up some local New Mexico talent for the 2011 season.

But it doesn't stop there.

This weekend, coach Walker held what they are calling, "The New Mexico Weekend", where local New Mexico prospects were invited to the NMSU campus and were given an insight of the Aggie football program. This is believed to be the first year of such an event like this and it's proven to be successful.

Five local New Mexico prospects have agreed to walk-on to the Aggie football program from this year's event. Those five prospects are:

Avron E. Garcia (Mayfield-Las Cruces, NM)

Devonte Minor (Mayfield-Las Cruces, NM)

Andrew Zapien (Mayfield-Las Cruces, NM)

Josh Bowen (Manzano-Albuquerque, NM

Tyler McCulloch (Eldorado-Albuquerque, NM)

The lack of recruiting local New Mexico high school football talent to NMSU has always been highly criticized by Aggie fans, boosters, and parents of local kids hoping to get a shot at making a D-I football program. Coach Walker is now giving them that chance, something that hasn't really happened at NMSU in decades, and the chance to eventually get a scholarship to NMSU.

With eight new New Mexico players projected to be on the football roster this season, and joining the six that are currently on roster for the 2011, that totals fourteen New Mexico players on roster. That's about sixteen percent of players on roster coming from the state of New Mexico. That's a good number, probably one of the highest ever at NMSU, but I'd like to see it reach as high as twenty percent. Give coach Walker time. I'm sure it'll happen.


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