Defensive back Travis Green, a graduate transfer from Kansas State, has enrolled in summer school at UNM and will be eligible to play as a senior for the Lobos this fall.
But UNM has lost a defensive back, as well. Coach Bob Davie said Tuesday that Jadon Boatright, a cornerback the past two seasons, will not return because of academic issues.
The Lobos also have a new defensive lineman/linebacker. Everett Powell, a transfer from Laney College in Oakland, Calif., will be a sophomore and will have four years in which to play three seasons.
The Journal reported May 14 that Jacob Girgle, a junior defensive back from Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College, had announced his commitment to UNM on Twitter. Girgle enrolled this week.
Davie said nine new team members are enrolled for the current summer session. The rest of the 2015 recruiting class will arrive later.
The early arrivals, in addition to Green, Powell and Girgle, are:
Sophomore running back Richard McQuarley, from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss.;
Sophomore wide receiver Delane Hart, from Los Angeles Valley College;
Sophomore defensive back Marquez Mackey, from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif.;
Freshman defensive back Blair Manly, from Cibola;
Freshman wide receiver Q’ Drennan, from Americas High School in El Paso; and
Junior linebacker Austin Ocasio, from College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.
Green, listed at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, started at strong safety for Kansas State last season before suffering a season-ending injury. In the four games he played, he had 18 tackles and intercepted two passes.
He missed the final seven games of the 2013 season with an ACL injury.
Before coming to Kansas State, Green was a teammate of current Lobos Daniel Henry and Ryan Langford at Iowa Western Community College. As a Reivers redshirt freshman in 2012, he had 62 tackles, including seven tackles for loss.
At Omaha, Neb., North High School, Green was All-Metro, All-District and All-State as a senior in 2010.
Powell, from Livermore, Calif., is listed at 6-4 and 240 pounds. Davie described him as a defensive end, but he played linebacker for Laney last season. He made 19 tackles, with five tackles for loss and two sacks.
He was a teammate at Laney of current Lobos offensive lineman Tevita Fonua.
Girgle led his Santa Barbara CC team in tackles last fall with 70. He had three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Listed at 6 feet and 190 pounds, Girgle played at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., in 2013.
In his two seasons at UNM, Boatright had 42 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two passes defensed. The former Liberty Hill (Texas) High School star started six games as a sophomore.