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New Mexico State Announces 2017 Signing Class

The Aggies are looking for a quarterback to build around.

NCAA Football: New Mexico State at Texas A&M Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Seeking to fill several key holes on the roster, head coach Doug Martin utilized all of New Mexico State’s 25 available scholarships on National Signing Day. The Aggies welcomed three gray shirts from the previous class while signing 13 junior college transfers and nine high school athletes.

New Mexico State 2017 Signing Class

Name Position Height Weight Previous School 247 Composite
Name Position Height Weight Previous School 247 Composite
Jaylon Mascorro LB 6'1" 230 Refugio HS (TX) ⭐⭐⭐
Josh Adkins QB 6'2" 210 Smithson Valley HS (TX) ⭐⭐⭐
Jeremy Hodge QB 6'2" 210 Parish Episcopal HS (TX) ⭐⭐⭐
Anthony Nash DB 5'11" 200 Reedley College (CA) ⭐⭐
Komotay Koffie DB 6'1" 195 North Dakota State College of Science (ND) ⭐⭐
Ron LaForce DB 6'1" 205 College of the Sequoias (CA) ⭐⭐
Nakota Shepard-Creer DB 6'2" 205 Santa Barbara CC (CA) ⭐⭐
Marcus Buckley DL 6'2" 250 Weatherford HS (TX) ⭐⭐
Dylan Brown K 6'0" 170 Phoenix College (AZ) ⭐⭐
Trevor Brohard LB 6'3" 210 Los Lunas HS (NM) ⭐⭐
Matthew Young LB 6'2" 230 Onate HS (NM) ⭐⭐
Lui Fa'amasino LB 6'0" 225 Los Angeles Harbor (CA) ⭐⭐
Leon McQuaker LB 6'3" 215 Eastern Arizona College (AZ) ⭐⭐
Tim O'Donnell LS 5'9" 240 North Dakota State College of Science (ND) ⭐⭐
Isaac McClain OL 6'2" 315 Santa Barbara CC (CA) ⭐⭐
Kris'Sean Edwards OL 6'4" 265 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (OK) ⭐⭐
Davis Harker OL 6'3" 315 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (OK) ⭐⭐
Billy Sharmoug OL 6'2" 315 Santa Barbara CC (CA) ⭐⭐
Jon Vogt OL 6'3" 310 New Mexico Military Institute (NM) ⭐⭐
Cameron Matthews QB 6'3" 210 Trinity Valley (TX) ⭐⭐
Josh Foley RB 5'11" 200 Rio Rancho HS (NM) ⭐⭐
Xander Yaberough TE 6'6" 245 Roosevelt HS (TX) ⭐⭐
Bryce Roberts TE 6'4" 240 Mustang HS (OK) ⭐⭐
Gaven Swinson WR 6'3" 200 Mayfield HS (NM) ⭐⭐
Tevis Abraham WR 6'1" 200 Southern Lab HS (LA) ⭐⭐
New Mexico State 2017 Signing Class nmstatesports.com

Seven of the junior college transfers that the Aggies signed were able to enroll early which means they will be able to join the team for spring practices. This will play a major factor in their acclimation of the system and should lead to an easy plug-and-play situation for the newcomers.

Seeking to replace two graduating seniors on the offensive line, the Aggies brought in five offensive linemen, all five of which are coming from the junior college ranks. Kris’Sean Edwards and Davis Harker have joined the program from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College while Jon Vogt will make the three-hour trip west from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

Teammates Issac McClain and Billy Sharmoug will also transfer from Santa Barbara Community College in California. Recruiting five junior college prospects without any high school talent is an extremely rare and risky move. The Aggies will have to hope that they find at least three starters out of the group and are able to find some developmental talent in the next recruiting class or potentially redshirt some of the transfers that fail to find a starting spot.

New Mexico State brought in five linebackers at their next biggest position of need. Junior college transfers Lui Fa’amasino of Los Angeles Harbor and Leon McQuaker of Eastern Arizona College will seek to contribute immediately. The Aggies also added three high school linebackers. Trevor Brohard of Los Lunas High School in Las Cruces is a promising prospect thanks to his excellent size at 6’3”, 210 pounds. Matthew Young, also a local New Mexico product, joins him at 6’2”, 230 pounds.

NMSU also made their biggest splash of the recruiting cycle with Jaylon Mascorro. A three star athlete that earned scholarship offers from eight programs including Kansas, Houston, and UTSA, Mascorro saw snaps at running back, quarterback, and linebacker during his state championship campaign in 2016 at Refugio High School in Texas. Mascorro is the highest rated recruit to sign with NMSU since Brandon Hines in the class of 2013. Since Hines didn’t make it to campus in Las Cruces, Mascorro has a chance to be the Aggies’ highest rated incoming freshman of all time.

With seniors Tyler Matthews and Tyler Rogers both out of the program the Aggies desperately need an answer under center. Doug Martin will have three new fresh faces to work with including some enticing options.

Grey shirt Cameron Matthews will join the program after sitting out the 2016 season. He passed for over 5,000 yards in his high school career at Trinity Valley in Crowley, Texas. He will square off against New Mexico State’s lone three-star offensive recruits in the class, Josh Adkins and Jeremy Hodge. A San Antonio product, Adkins passed for 6,831 yards in his three-year varsity career. While Adkins is an archetypal pro-style quarterback, Hodge is more dangerous with his feet. If Hodge doesn’t find his way into the two deep under center coach Martin would be wise to find a way to get the ball into Hodge’s hands in other ways.

Similar to the offensive line, NMSU took four defensive backs in this class, all of which will transfer from a junior college. All four guys have great size as they average out to stand at 6’1”, 201 pounds.

New Mexico State added two specialists to round out the junior college transfers. Kicker Dylan Brown of Phoenix College will join the team while deep snapper Tim O’Donnell will seek to set him up with well-placed snaps. Originally a rugby player in Australia, O’Donnell will transfer from North Dakota State College of Science.

The remaining additions to the roster include defensive lineman Marcus Buckley, running back Josh Foley, tight ends Xander Yarberough and Bryce Roberts, and wide receivers Gaven Swinson and Tevis Abraham.