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New Mexico State Signs Best Recruiting Class Under Doug Martin

The Aggies bring in 22 new recruits for the Class of 2018

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After a historic season in Las Cruces, which saw the Aggies make and win their first bowl appearance since 1960, Doug Martin and his coaching staff went out on the recruiting trail selling the excited fan base and the program’s momentum.

That strategy paid off with Coach Martin’s best recruiting class in his time at NMSU.

22 new recruits are going to be playing for the Crimson next year, 15 of which are high school players who had multiple FBS offers. Of those 15, six are three star recruits.

NMSU only had three 3 star recruits last year and one in 2014.

Head Coach Doug Martin said the primary areas for recruiting were along both sides of the line as there wasn’t much depth behind the starters. That should change next year as the class breakdown was split evenly.

11 offensive players (5 OL, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB, 1 QB), and 11 defensive players (6 DL, 4 DB, 1 LB) make up the Class of 2018 and they all show a lot of potential.

2018 New Mexico State Recruiting Class

Name Position Height Weight Former School Stars
Name Position Height Weight Former School Stars
Rodney McGraw II Safety 6'1" 175 Elkins ⭐⭐⭐
Devin Richardson Linebacker 6'3" 215 Klein ⭐⭐⭐
Naveon Mitchell Running Back 5'9" 170 Fort Bend Travis ⭐⭐⭐
John Graves Defensive Tackle 6'1" 290 Lancaster ⭐⭐⭐
Max Wilhite Offensive Tackle 6'3.5" 301 Desert Edge ⭐⭐⭐
Kai Golden Defensive Tackle 6'2" 290 Mountain View ⭐⭐⭐
Austin Young Offensive Tackle 6'4" 300 Desert Edge ⭐⭐
Grant Mileski Tight End 6'5" 230 Horizon ⭐⭐
Donavan King Defensive End 6'2" 225 Shadow Creek ⭐⭐
Caleb Mills Wide Receiver 6'3.5" 172 Dodge City C.C. ⭐⭐
Isaiah Mursalat Offensive Guard 6'4" 285 Horizon ⭐⭐
Ray Buford Corner Back 6'2" 190 Independence C.C. ⭐⭐
Lautoa Nomura Safety 6'1" 195 Santa Ana College ⭐⭐
Michael Edwards Defensive End 6'2" 230 Muskogee ⭐⭐
Eric Pulliam Offensive Guard 6'5" 305 Fullerton College ⭐⭐
Arnold Saidov Defensive End 6'2" 225 Fossil Ridge ⭐⭐
Xzavier Guyton Corner Back 6' 175 Arlington ⭐⭐
Justin Segura Defensive Tackle 6'4" 240 Horizon ⭐⭐
Evan Tafoya-Vallo (Will Greyshirt) Offensive Guard 6'3" 270 Rio Rancho ⭐⭐
Matthew Romero Quarterback 6'2" 200 Palomar College (No ranking)
Shea Holebrook Jr. Wide Receiver 6'5" 195 Monroe College (No ranking)
Andre Bodison Wide Receiver 6'4" 200 NM Military Institute (No ranking)

It’s important to remember that NMSU only has eight coaches out recruiting while other FBS schools have 10. Despite that fact, New Mexico State was still able to sway kids to come to Las Cruces. We should all be proud of the work our coaches have done!

Since I’ve previewed most of the recruits (here, here, here, here, and here) I will just leave you with this:

We’ve all seen what Doug Martin and his staff can do with overlooked recruits and community college players. Now he’s got players that not only have potential in the eyes of the coaches at NMSU, but outside the program as well.

That’s a great reason to be excited for 2018!

Wobble on! Go AGGIES!