The New Mexico Lobos have their first two commitments for their football recruiting class of 2019.
Quarterback Travis Mumphrey and running back Chad Alexander, both from the New Orleans area, announced their commitments to UNM on Twitter.
Calvin Magee, UNM’s first-year offensive coordinator, is from Louisiana and actively recruited his home state during his tenure at Arizona.
According to statistics reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mumphrey, listed at 6 feet and 186 pounds, completed 121 of 176 passes for 1,407 yards last fall as a junior at Ehret High School in suburban Marrero. He rushed for 498 yards on 88 carries and accounted for 20 touchdowns on the ground and in the air.
According to recruiting websites, Mumphrey had scholarship offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech and Indiana.
Alexander, listed at 5-6 and 170 pounds, rushed for 706 yards on 118 carries with nine touchdowns last fall as a junior at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans. Alexander had offers from Troy, Jackson State and Alabama-Birmingham.
In past years during head coach Bob Davie’s seven-year tenure, UNM rarely has received commitments before players’ senior season. It appears Magee’s Louisiana connections have provided a head start.
All commitments are non-binding until a signed letter of intent is received by the school in question. The upcoming early signing period for high school players is Dec. 19-21. The next opportunity to sign is Feb. 6.