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WR, Lineman Commit to Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Lobos gained a wide receiver but lost a defensive lineman over the weekend.

Monday, they picked up a commitment from an offensive lineman.

Draven Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound O-lineman from Adamson High School in Dallas, announced Monday via Twitter that he has committed to UNM.


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Taylor played on both offense and defense for Adamson, but it’s believed he would stay on the offensive side of the ball for the Lobos. He chose New Mexico over Louisiana-Monroe.

According to multiple online sources, Jalyn Judkins, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound wide receiver from Angleton (Texas) High School, has committed to attend UNM. According to MaxPreps, Judkins caught 42 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns this past season for an Angleton team that went 10-3 and made the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Meanwhile, Frankie Davis, a defensive end from Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School, has withdrawn his commitment to New Mexico and says he instead will play for Tulsa. Davis told that Tulsa’s proximity to his home was a major factor in his decision.

In essence, Tulsa and UNM have traded commitments. Last week, St. Louis De Smet High School defensive end/outside linebacker Donnie White Jr. switched to the Lobos after originally committing to the Golden Hurricane.

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Ricky Bennett, who starred on both sides of the ball for Huntsville (Texas) High School, told his hometown newspaper he committed to UNM sight unseen because he didn’t want to run the risk of losing his slot with the Lobos to another recruit.

“I kind of took a risk by committing to a school I didn’t know anything about, really,” Bennett told the Huntsville Item. “But I asked a lot of questions. The only reason I committed to New Mexico before I went out there was to hold a spot. I didn’t want to be left out.

“They had eight spots left and three more recruiting weekends. Spots were quickly filling up.”

Bennett took his official visit after committing, and left confident he’d made the right decision.

“I got out there and found out that New Mexico had exactly what I was looking for in a college,” he told the Item. “I liked it a lot — the atmosphere, the coaches, everything. It’s beautiful out there, too. The mountains, that’s something I’ve never seen. It just felt right.”

Bennett led his team in tackles as a safety and was a district offensive co-player of the year as a wide receiver. He also took snaps as a running back and as a quarterback.

THE COUNT: Unofficially, UNM has 20 commitments toward its 2013 recruiting class of 25.

Of those, three mid-year junior college transfers — quarterback Clayton Mitchem, safety David Guthrie and defensive end Brett Bowers — are enrolled for the current semester. A fourth juco mid-year signee, offensive lineman Reno Henderson, had academic complications and is not in school.

All other commitments are non-binding, pending receipt by UNM of a signed letter of intent. Signing day is Feb. 6.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal