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Aggies are low key about five signees

LAS CRUCES – Four high-school players and one junior-college playmaker signed Wednesday with New Mexico State, bringing this season’s crop of 2020 signees to 17 players.

Defensive lineman Garrett Bishop, offensive lineman Jae’vone Brown, wide receiver Cole Harrity, halfback Larenzo McMillan and wideout Ja’Darion Smith were added.

The Aggies are coming off a 2-10 season, and the program is under investigation by the state attorney general for mistreatment of players at the hands of coach Doug Martin.

Martin wasn’t made available to the media on Wednesday, and the school unusually didn’t include a statement from him in its press release announcing the new players.

NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia told the Las Cruces Sun-News, “It is my understanding from the football staff that (the ongoing investigation) has significantly hampered their recruiting efforts.”

The signing class now features 10 offensive players and seven defensive players. Nine states are represented, with eight coming from California, two hailing from Texas and one each from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington.

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McMillan is listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds and also had offers from Colorado State and the University of New Mexico.

Harrity played last year at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. He was second on the team with 49 receptions for 808 yards and six touchdowns.

Smith, at 5-foot-8, is from Mesquite, Texas. He also had an offer from Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Bishop is listed at 6-3, 280 pounds and played at Pamona High School in the Denver area. He had offers from Army, Air Force and Northern Colorado.

Brown is listed at 6-4 and 310 pounds and is from Holland, Texas. According to Brown’s social media, he had a preferred walk-on offer from Southern Mississippi and an offer from Tarleton State.

The Las Cruces Sun-News on Wednesday reported that the Aggies also were hoping to sign Taylen Blaylock, a wide receiver/free safety from Humble, Texas. But New Mexico State did not announce him as a signee. According to Blaylock’s social media, he also has offers from Sam Houston State and as a preferred walk on at Houston.

The Sun-News reported that among the invited walk-ons believed to be going to NMSU are at least three special teams players, including Alamogordo kicker Brett Money, who was also an all-state soccer player.

TRANSFER PORTAL: Two quarterbacks, a wide receiver and a defensive back have announced via Twitter their intention to transfer from the Aggies football program, the Sun-News reported.

Quarterback Matt Romero, defensive back Komotay Koffie and wide receiver Drew Dan have all played extensively throughout the past two years.

Redshirt junior quarterback Jeremy Hodge also announced he is transferring.

The five recent players joined running back Josh Foley as Aggies entering the transfer portal. UNM has confirmed that Foley is joining the Lobos program as a walk-on.

Romero started in four games in 2018 after transferring from Palomar College. He passed for 609 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.

On Twitter, Romero tweeted he has entered the transfer portal as a graduate and would be eligible to play right away at his next school.

Dan had 28 receptions for the Aggies in four seasons. His redshirt junior season ended against San Diego State with a season-ending injury. Dan had 37 receptions for 491 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

Likewise, Koffie will graduate and be eligible to play right away. He played in 18 games over the past three years at New Mexico State with six starts in 2018.

New Mexico State 2020 National Signing Day press release

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