With only a few days to go until the early signing period begins, New Mexico State currently has 13 players verbally committed to the 2019 class.
Like usual, the incoming class is a strong mix of high school seniors and junior college players ready to play Division 1 football, with one exception.
That would be Baylor graduate transfer Tony Nicholson. A 5’9”, 190 pound speedster, Nicholson will definitely come in and contribute next year as he has experience playing for a P5 school (277 yards on 31 catches in 2017).
The rest of the class is heavy on wide receivers, offensive lineman and linebackers—areas that are losing the most players this year. Here is the rest of the class:
Weston Eget, Three Star QB
Eget is a 6’2” QB from Stevenson Ranch, California. He will be graduating from high school and will come in to Las Cruces as a freshman. Eget had interest from Arizona State and Cal, while receiving offers from Sacramento State, San Jose State and NM State.
From his highlight video, you can see that he has fantastic touch to his throws and can drop them in to just about anywhere. I think he will need to get a little stronger though before he plays against D1 speed defenses. Expect him to redshirt and be eligible to play in 2020.
Michael Bowe, Three Star LB
Michael measures in at 6’2” and 232 pounds and will be coming to Aggie Country from the City College of San Francisco. I’m not 100% sure how many years of eligibility he has left but I am going to assume its two.
Like Eget, Bowe also had interest from Arizona State and Cal but did not receive offers. He did receive offers from NM State, Florida A&M and UTEP. He is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Expect Bowe to be a player that could start next fall as the linebacker group loses a lot of guys.
Carson Pharris, Three Star OL
Pharris is the recruit I am most excited about in this class. Not only did he receive a ton of scholarship offers, he was looked at by almost every Ivy League school and had interest from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. This kid is smart!
At 6’6” and 290 lbs, this kid should be a monster by the time he is a senior. I’m not sure if he will play as a freshman or will be redshirted but I expect to see him on the line in the future. He is a road grater but will need to work on getting off the ball quicker. I’m excited for this kid!
Jett Bush, Two Star LB
Bush is a 6’2”, 220 pound linebacker from Houston, Texas, and while not the fastest player he has a nose for the football and is a sure tackler—something the Aggies needed this past season. He’s also very smart.
Bush had offers from Army, Air Force and five different Ivy League schools, as well as others. And if you watch the academies at all, you know they are good at spotting undervalued talent. That’s what I see from Bush. A great pickup by the Aggie staff.
Juwaun Price, Two Star RB
Juwaun is a speedy back, much like Jason Huntley, hailing from Peoria, Arizona. He can seemingly outrun anyone and at 5’10” and 190 pounds, he’s almost the same size as Huntley.
Price had offers from Northern Arizona, Idaho and Western New Mexico and received interest from Arizona.
Eligah Hunter, Two Star C
Hunter is a two star center from Asa College in Brooklyn, New York. He is a massive 6’4” and 340 pounds and does not get pushed around. He will come to NM State as a junior and should play an immediate role on offense. I could even see him filling the open center spot left by Jamin Smith.
Hunter continues the trend the Aggies have made of recruiting enormous offensive lineman. If he does start, he would be the second offensive lineman on the team over 340 (Sage Doxtater).
NM State was the only FBS school to offer Hunter but he did receive offers from Albany and a few HBCUs.
Check back tomorrow on Underdog Dynasty for the rest of the Aggies 2019 class preview!