ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Couple of Kids From Texas Among Latest
As signing day approaches, Bob Davie’s first recruiting class is beginning to take shape.
Four high school senior football players confirmed over the weekend their intentions to attend the University of New Mexico. Davie, the Lobos’ first-year head coach, now has at least nine commitments from prep players, plus signed letters of intent from two junior-college transfers.
Two of the high school players, Cleveland quarterback Cole Gautsche and linebacker Richard Winston from Chandler, Ariz., are already enrolled at UNM for the spring semester. Junior-college players Bryan Oldenkamp, an offensive lineman, and David Orvick, a linebacker, are mid-year transfers and also have enrolled.
Before Davie was hired on Nov. 17, the Lobos had oral commitments from Rio Rancho offensive linemen Alex Oluyitah and Josh Baggett and from Deming fullback Reggie Mackey. Davie has said he would honor those commitments.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day on which high school players can sign binding letters of intent is Feb. 1.
The Lobos’ four most recent confirmed commitments come from:
♦ Ron Scoggins Jr., a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev.;
♦ Carlos Wiggins, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back/wide receiver from Plano (Texas) West High School;
♦ Christian Rebhun, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end from Cherry Creek High School in Denver;
♦ Ryan Santos, a 5-10, 170-pound defensive back from Collins High School in Klein, Texas.
Scoggins, whose Bishop Gorman team won its third consecutive Nevada state title last fall, told the Las Vegas Sun it was Davie’s vision for the program that sold him on New Mexico.
“He has that passion and has been able to soak in a lot of things over the last 10 years (as a broadcaster),” Scoggins told the newspaper. “I’m ready to be part of what he is building.”
Scoggins reportedly had scholarship offers from UNLV, Fresno State, New Mexico State and San Jose State.
Wiggins’ story might be the most interesting. Plano West coach Mike Hughes told the Plano Star that the player had orally committed to Sam Houston State on Wednesday, then switched to UNM less than 24 hours later.
Two members of Davie’s New Mexico coaching staff, offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse and tight ends coach Derek Warehime, worked at Sam Houston State last season.
Wiggins, switched to running back from wide receiver before the 2011 season, rushed for 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns for Plano West. He was named Texas District 8-5A’s Player of the Year.
According to a Denver Post blog, Rebhun caught five passes for 80 yards last season. He also played linebacker and was Cherry Creek’s punter. According to the Post, Rebhun had an offer from Northern Colorado and was in discussions with Colorado State.
Santos made it known on his Twitter page that he has committed to UNM. Last summer, before his senior year, he told scout.com he was in discussions with Louisville, Vanderbilt and Colorado.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal