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Marenco, versatile LB from El Paso, commits to UNM football

Alec Marenco, one of the top high school football players in El Paso, Texas the past two seasons, says he can play any linebacker position and is willing to play anywhere on the football field for the University of New Mexico.

That’s music to the Lobos’ ears.

Marenco, a 6-foot-3, 217-pound versatile athlete who was recruited as a linebacker by UNM, has committed to play for the Lobos in 2021, he announced on Twitter on Friday. He becomes the second linebacker to commit to UNM, as well as the seventh defensive player, the first from El Paso, the ninth from Texas and the 19th recruit in the Lobos’ 2021 class.

“I can play anything,” said Marenco, who has been an all-district player over the past two seasons for Burges High School. “I played linebacker, slot wide receiver, kicker, punter. I played a little at quarterback, too.”

He also played safety for Burges.

Marenco said he is excited to play for the Lobos and to have a role in the Lobos’ 3-3-5 defense. He said he had been aware of UNM coach Danny Gonzales’ success at Arizona State as the Sun Devils’ defensive coordinator and was thrilled when he got his first offer from UNM in February.

Marenco, who also competes in track and field as a jumper and sprinter, also received offers from UTEP, Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist.

As a junior, Marenco, recorded 113 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss, and on offense he caught 17 passes for 253 yards for Burges, the home to alumni Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers and his brother, Alvin, who played for the Baltimore Ravens and is now a free agent.

Marenco said he has had several talks with the Jones brothers and they have given him advice.

Marenco also said he is familiar with the Albuquerque area. He visited Rio Rancho as a club soccer player for matches, and as a track athlete he competed at UNM’s track.

UNM Football 2021 commitments

  • Bear Milacek, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, quarterback, Boulder Creek High in Anthem, Arizona
  • Luke Wysong, 5-10, 170, wide receiver, Cleveland High, Rio Rancho
  • Keyonta Lanier, 6-2, 170, wide receiver, Long Beach Poly in California
  • Michael Murray, 6-3, 200, wide receiver, Lampasas High in Texas
  • Benji Johnson, 6-3, 195, wide receiver, Hooks High in Texas
  • Ronald Wilson, 5-10, 180, safety, North Crowley High in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Andrell Barney Jr., 5-11, 185, cornerback, Basha High in Chandler, Arizona
  • Damon Gentry Jr., 6-0, 175, cornerback, Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jaden Phillips, 6-2, 240, defensive end, Clovis High
  • Ja’Shon Lowery, 6-5, 230, defensive end, La Cueva High
  • JD Roberts, 6-2, 230, linebacker, Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Alec Marenco, 6-3, 217, linebacker, Burges High in El Paso, Texas
  • Jacob Trussell, 6-6, 215, tight end, Georgetown High in Texas
  • Raheem Toombs, 5-11, 205, running back, Immokalee High in Florida
  • Joshua Atkins, 6-4, 280, offensive tackle, Mansfield Timberview High in Arlington, Texas
  • Dayton Robinson, 6-5, 280, offensive tackle, Mansfield Timberview High in Arlington, Texas
  • Isaiah Sillemon, 6-3, 285, offensive guard, Lancaster High in Texas
  • Larry Luna, 6-5, 260, offensive lineman, Goddard High, Roswell
  • Sebastian Sias, 6-3, 275, offensive lineman, Butte College in Oroville, California
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