LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin and staff made announced 15 commitments had signed on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
The new class of Aggie student-athletes features nine offensive talents and six on the defensive side of the ball.
Martin said NMSU hopes to sign 10 more players, mostly defenders, in February.
“Our coaches have done a great job of filling our immediate needs and building for the future,” Martin said. “We have recruited length and speed in this class and feel like this is an outstanding group.”
6-3 | 200 | Junior | DB
Independence CC | Hendersonville, Tenn.
2018 (Sophomore): Played in eight games during his sophomore campaign with the Pirates… Recorded 14 tackles… Had a season-high four tackles against Iowa Central CC on 10/27… Had his sole interception in the season finale with a 20-yard return against Ellsworth CC on 11/10.
2017 (Freshman): Began his collegiate career at Independence CC helping the Pirates to a 9-2 record as a freshman… Wrapped up his first year with 32 tackles… Forced three turnovers with two interceptions and one fumble recovery… Two picks and one fumble recovery all came in a 44-38 win over Ellsworth CC on 10/7.
High School: Played his final two seasons of varsity football at Pope John Paul II… Recorded 62 tackles (53 solo) in his senior season… Reeled in one interception during the 2016 season… Added three receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown in his senior campaign.
Michael Bowe Jr.
6-3 | 225 | RS Junior | LB
City College of San Francisco | Plantation, Fla.
2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played eight games for San Francisco in 2018… Helped the team to a winning season going 7-4 during his sophomore campaign… Recorded 30 tackles (17 solo)… Posted four games with four or more tackles in 2018… Had a season-high eight tackles against Laney on 10/13… Recorded a pair of pass breakups in his first three games of the season.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Played his redshirt freshman season at Independence CC… Led the Pirates to a 9-2 record to end his rookie year… Played in nine games and registered 26 tackles… Registered a season-high 10 tackles in a 30-16 win over Fort Scott CC on 9/2… Had six tackles and added a [ass breakup in a 27-23 victory over Garden City CC on 9/9.
2016 (Freshman): Redshirted
High School: Played varsity football at American Heritage HS under head coach Mike Rumph… Helped the Patriots to a 9-2 overall record in 2015… Went undefeated in district play going 5-0 during his senior campaign… Had 13 total tackles over six games played as a senior… Added one tackle for loss and had a fumble recovery in his final year.
Robert Downs III
5-10 | 185 | Junior | WR
Fullerton CC | Anaheim, Calif.
2018 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games during his sophomore year… Reeled in 22 catches for 415 yards and four touchdowns in 2018… Put up a career-high five receptions for 181 yards and two scores at Palomar on 10/6… Had multiple receptions in eight different games in 2018.
2017 (Freshman): Played in 12 games during his rookie season at Fullerton CC… Hauled in 24 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns… Had a season-high four receptions for 67 yards with one score in a 56-35 win over Saddleback on 10/21… Had at least one reception in 12 games during the 2017 season.
High School: Played varsity football at Valley Christian HS… Was a running back and wide receiver during his high school career… Also played three years of varsity basketball.
6-2 | 185 | Freshman | QB
West Ranch HS | Santa Clarita, Calif.
High School: Played two seasons of varsity at West Ranch HS under head coach Chris Varner… Totaled 3,742 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns over two seasons… Quarterbacked the Wildcats to a 9-3 record as a senior… Led the team to its first playoff win in program history in the CIF Southern Section Playoff in 2018… Threw for a career-high 2,752 yards and 25 scores during his senior campaign… Added 217 yards on the ground and one touchdown in his final season… Threw for 990 yards with eight touchdowns over nine games in his first season as a starter… Had three rushing touchdowns as a junior.
Eligah Hunter III
6-4 | 325 | Junior | OL
ASA New York | Washington D.C.
2018 (Sophomore): Played in seven games during his sophomore campaign… Anchored an offensive line that saw the Avengers average 470.8 yards of total offense per game… Led a run block that allowed ASA to accumulate 2,042 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground in 2018… Blocked for a passing attack that threw for 1,724 yards and 19 scores.
2017 (Freshman): Helped ASA New York to a 9-1 overall record and 2-0 mark in conference during his freshman season… Blocked for a line that allowed the offense to average 466.1 yards of total offense per game… Played on an offensive line that allowed the Avengers to gain 2,943 passing yards and 1,718 on the ground… Protected an offense that scored 41.9 points per game with a total of 32 passing and 19 rushing scores.
High School: Played varsity football at Friendship Collegiate Academy HS under head coach Mike Hunter… Helped lead the Knights to a 10-2 overall record in his senior campaign… Also played for the USA Football Under-17 National team in 2015.
6-2 | 280 | Freshman | DL
Chapin HS | El Paso, Texas
High School: Played four years of varsity football at Chapin HS in El Paso, Texas under head coach Rene Hernandez… Played in 42 games over for seasons with the Huskies… Had a career-high 107 tackles with six for loss in his senior campaign… Registered 4.5 sacks and four pass deflections n 2018… Posted 96 total tackles with six for loss over 10 games as a junior… Had two sacks and one forced fumble in 2017… Totaled 38 tackles with two for loss and one forced fumble in his sophomore season… Played in 10 games during his rookie season with 35 tackles.
6-3 | 235 | Junior | DL
Trinity Valley CC | Athens, Texas
2018 (Sophomore): Played in nine games for the Cardinals as a sophomore… Recorded 65 total tackles (35 solo)… Had 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks… Added two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2018… Had six games with seven or more tackles and three double-digit tackle performances… Recorded a season-high 11 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble in a 59-24 win over Cisco College on 9/29.
2017 (Freshman): Played in 12 games as a rookie at Trinity Valley CC… Posted 44 total tackles (29 solo) with five for loss and four sacks… Had two forced fumbles in 2017… Recorded a season-high six tackles in two games… Made his first sack in a 25-19 win at Navarro College on 9/2.
High School: Played three seasons of varsity football at Guyer HS under head coach John Walsh… Led the Wildcats to a 34-8 overall record and 19-2 mark in district play over his three years… Played in 13 games during his senior campaign registering 61 total tackles with 22 for loss… Added four sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his final season… Had 60 tackles with 13 for loss as a junior… Recorded one interception and added a pair of forced fumbles with one recovery in 2014… Was a part of the 2013 Conference 4A D1 State Champion Wildcats taking down Brennan, 31-14, on 12/20 at AT&T Stadium.
6-2 | 220 | Freshman | LB
Zachary HS | Zachary, La.
High School: Played varsity football at Zachary HS… Led the Broncos to a 15-2 overall record and 6-0 mark in district play as a senior… Ended his high school career with a 2018 Class 5A State Championship taking down West Monroe 27-24 on 12/8 for the team’s third title in four seasons…Helped lead the Broncos to the 2017 Class 5A State Championship as a junior… The linebacker recorded 96 tackles in 2017… Added 12 pass breakups and has three sacks during his junior campaign… Also played varsity baseball at Zachary HS.
5-10 | 185 | Senior | WR
Baylor University | Grand Prairie, Texas
2018 (Redshirt Junior): Played in two games before missing the rest of the season at Baylor.
2017 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 11 games with seven starts… Caught first 41 passes of career for 344 yards while rushing career-high four times for career-best 41 yards… Had two catches for 15 yards at No. 10 TCU… Started vs. No. 3 Oklahoma, had career highs of seven catches for 74 yards and career-long 41-yard grab, rushed one time for four yards, had two punt returns for 47 yards, including 42-yard return, for 125 all-purpose yards… Made first collegiate start vs. Liberty, caught first five career passes for 28 yards.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 13 games as reserve wide receiver and on kick and punt returns… All-Big 12 first team punt returner by Phil Steele… All-Big 12 honorable mention punt and kick returner by league’s coaches… Totaled one punt return for 14 yards and one kickoff return for 22 yards vs. Boise State… Ranked 16th in FBS and first in Big 12 in yards per punt return (10.2)… Ranked 103rd in FBS and eighth in Big 12 in yards per kick return (18.8)… Ranked 51st in FBS and fifth in Big 12 in combined kick return yardage (533).
2015 (Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad… Redshirted to retain eligibility… Dressed for one of 13 games, but did not see any game action.
High School: Multi-position varsity football player at South Grand Prairie High School… Played quarterback, receiver and defensive back under head coach Brent Whitson… Ranked nation’s 51st-best WR prospect by 247Sports and 88th by Scout… Listed No. 59 among “athlete” prospects by ESPN… Top 100 Texas recruit: ranked 65th on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Texas Top 150 (No. 8 “athlete” recruit per 2015 winter publication), 79th by 247Sports, 87th by ESPN, 97th by Scout and on Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100… Rated No. 108 among regional prospects by ESPN and 52nd top recruit (No. 3 among “athletes”) on the SportsDay/DMN Area Top 100… Two-way standout as senior, totaled 447 yards and three TDs on 38 receptions, 273 yards and three scores on 44 carries, and threw for 43 yards and two TDs on 2-for-2 passing… Defensively, added 10 solo tackles, five interceptions and pass breakup… Named 2014 unanimous All-District 8-6A first team inside receiver… Played quarterback as junior, passed for 628 yards and eight TDs, rushed for 622 yards and nine scores… Named 2013 All-District 7-5A second-team QB.
6-5 | 305 | Freshman | OL
Reagan HS| San Antonio, Texas
High School: Three-year letterman at Reagan HS under head coach Lyndon Hamilton… Helped lead the Rattlers to a 27-8 overall record in his three seasons… Anchored an offensive line that allowed for 2,136 passing yards and 21 scores through the air as a senior… Was pivotal for an offensive line that blocked for a ground game that totaled 1,465 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2018… Named 2017 26-6A First-Team All-District… Made 210 Preps First-Team All-Area as a junior… One of ten offensive lineman invited for the exclusive Lone Star Showcase… Was a varsity swimmer as a freshman helping his team win district and regionals.
5-10 | 180 | Freshman | RB
Peoria HS | Peoria, Ariz.
High School: Played varsity football at Peoria HS under head coach Will Babb… Finished high school career with 3,156 rushing yards and 58 total touchdowns over two seasons… Helped lead the Panthers to a 9-2 record as a senior in 2018… Rushed for 1,693 yards with 26 touchdowns in his final season… Rushed for over 100 yards in 10 different games as a senior… Added 12 receptions for 207 yards with three receiving touchdowns in 2018… Finished the senior season with 33 total touchdowns including three punt return scores and one kickoff return touchdown… Named an Arizona high school football Player of the Year finalist by AZ Central during his senior campaign… Ran for 1,463 yards and 19 rushing scores as a junior… Also reeled in seven catches for 160 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2017… Added five kickoff return touchdowns to finish with 25 total scores in first season at varsity level as a junior… Also ran varsity track and field for three years.
6-2 | 175 | Freshman | CB
Crowley HS | Crowley, Texas
High School: Played four seasons of varsity football at Crowley HS… Led the Eagles to a 21-12 record over three years… Recorded 33 tackles with one for loss over nine games as a senior… Dominated in the secondary with 11 pass deflections and five interceptions to close out his senior campaign… Also played four years of varsity basketball.
6-8 | 332 | Junior | OL
Ventura College | Visalia, Calif.
2018 (Sophomore): Led the Pirates to an 11-2 overall record and 2018 Southern California Football Association Championship… Named to the All-Northern League Second-Team as a sophomore… Blocked for an offense that averaged 408.7 yards of total offense per game… Anchored an offensive line that allowed for 2,668 passing yards and 2,645 yards on the ground… Protected an offense that scored 31.6 points per game with 20 passing and 28 rushing scores.
2017 (Freshman): Began his freshman season as an offensive lineman at Ventura College… Led the team to an 8-3 overall record and 5-0 mark in conference as a rookie… Helped the Pirates offense put up 496.5 yards of total offense per game… Blocked for a passing attack that put up 3.404 yards and 38 touchdowns… Led the blocking for a ground attack that produced for 2,057 rushing yards and 21 scores.
High School: Played three years of varsity football at Central Valley Christian HS… Led the Cavaliers to a 27-9 overall record in his three seasons… Named a team captain for his senior season… Blocked for an offense that scored 44 total touchdowns with 11 through the air and 33 on the ground to close out his senior campaign… Anchored a line that allowed for 1,064 passing and 2,707 rushing yards in his final season… Led the team to the 2014 CIF Central Section Division IV State Championship game as a junior…. Also played two years of varsity basketball for the Cavaliers.
6-1 | 188 | RS Sophomore | WR
Dodge City CC | Holden, La.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 10 games as a sophomore for the Conquistadors… Reeled in 24 catches for 420 yards and three scores… Posted a season-high six receptions for 115 yards with one touchdown in a 22-21 win over Coffeyville CC on 10/6… Had a reception in nine games and had multiple receptions in seven different games.
2017 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Three-year varsity football player at Walker HS… Helped the team improve from a winless season in 2014 to a 6-5 record in 2015 and 7-5 mark as a senior in 2016.
6-2 | 195 | Junior | WR
Navarro JC | Wylie, Texas
2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 11 games during his first season at Navarro JC… Caught 63 passes for a league-leading 1,041 yards with 10 touchdowns… Had more than three receptions in each of his 11 games… Reeled in a touchdown catch in seven games with multiple scores in three contests… Brought in a season-high 10 receptions at Blinn on 9/8… Gained a high of 145 receiving yards on four catched in a 56-49 win over New Mexico Military Institute on 10/13.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 10 games at Bowling Green, starting in the win at Miami … Had four catches for 45 yards with all of those totals coming at Northwestern … Had a season-long 21-yard reception against the Wildcats.
2016 (Freshman): Redshirted in his first season at Bowling Green.
High School: A three-year letterwinner for football at Wylie East High School… Played for head coach Joe Lepsis… Also lettered in basketball and track… Was a two-time captain… Finished his high school career with 145 catches for 2,900 yards and 42 touchdowns… Named a unanimous first team All-District 10-5A wide receiver in both his junior and senior seasons… Made 35 catches for 891 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season… Caught 68 passes for 1,043 yards and 14 scores his junior year… As a sophomore made 47 catches for 947 yards and 12 TDs… Was part of the Raider-to-Raider mentoring program at Wylie East.