Texas State head football coach Everett Withers announced on Wednesday that 23 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to play football with the Bobcats in 2016.
“Most of this class was built with kids that were already committed. Our goal was to go out and meet these kids.” Withers said. “I want to commend the kids that stayed committed.”
The Bobcats finished 2016 National Signing Day nabbing seven three – star commits including WR Elijah King, a transfer from Santa Barbara CC. King along with three other athletes are currently attending Texas State and participating in offseason workouts before beginning spring practice on March 21. The other three early enrollees include TE Levi Boyd, ILB Gabe Loyd and C Quinn Tiggs.
The other 19 athletes are high school seniors. Those players include OG Aaron Brewer, RB Robert Brown, S Markeveon Coleman, LB Nikolas Daniels, CB Jordan Eastling, S Kumonde Hines, NT John Lilly, WR Thurman Morbley, OG Jaquel Pierce, DT Ramon Readus, TE Brendon Rushing, CB Anthony Taylor, DE Dean Taylor, OG Charlie Vatterott, LB Hal Vinson, CB Jashon Waddy and OT Josiah Washington.
Hays QB Braeden Kent signed a letter of intent but will not play until 2017 due to a grey shirt.
RB Tyler Tutt and QB Devin Williams were previously de-committed from Texas State until recently. “We felt like Devin and Tyler fit with what we wanted. Some of it was mending fences with those guys,” Withers said.
Withers said he would like to have more players on the offensive and defensive line and left a door open to do so. He would like to keep from signing too many JUCO players unless there was a specific need.
The Texas State coaching staff is upgrading the athleticism and overall talent on the roster as they begin their first season with the Bobcats. They kick off their first season with Texas State at Ohio University on September 3rd.