UTSA Head Coach Frank Wilson got a head start on his 2019 recruiting class by signing 12 recruits on the first day of the early signing period today. With an expected 23 scholarships to allot in this recruiting class, Wilson and his staff will pound the pavement in search of athletes to fill out the 11 spots remaining in the class.
After today’s signings, UTSA sits at 103rd in the 24/7 national recruiting rankings, and 10th in the C-USA standings. These rankings include a few commitments who did not sign scholarship offers with UTSA today and may or may not end up joining the program.
UNT stands at the top of Conference USA, with Southern Miss hot on their trail. The Roadrunners have currently secured nine three-star athletes to this recruiting class.
The Roadrunners were actually the first collegiate program to officially sign a student-athlete to a scholarship in the 2019 recruiting cycle, as Australian punter Lucas Dean sent in his National Letter of Intent at 7 am local time, or 5 pm yesterday in San Antonio. Dean will have the formidable task of replacing former stand out punter Yannis Roustas.
Signing day comes early! It's Dec. 19 in Australia, where the first signee in all of college football calls home. Help us welcome punter Lucas Dean to the UTSA family!#RowdyBoutIt19#BirdsUp pic.twitter.com/xomuvaEi8s— UTSA Football (@UTSAFTBL) December 18, 2018
UTSA will get help at their troubled quarterback position with the addition of two quarterbacks.
Most notably, a former four-star recruit will be joining the program. Lowell Narcisse was a blue chip recruit coming out of high school in Louisiana, but two torn ACLs slowed down his recruiting and caused him to sink in the depth chart at LSU.
Narcisse transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the 2018 season. While Narcisse made some impressive plays early in the season, he ended up losing his starting job in October. The former All-American would finish his lone JUCO season with a 44.9% completion percentage, a 3-3 TD:INT ratio, and an average of just 5.3 yards per passing attempt.
Joining Narcisse is Suddin Sapien, a 6’3” signal caller from Midland, Texas. Sapien is a plus athlete who made a huge impact with his legs this season, including a 220 yard and four touchdown performance early in the season. While Sapien racked up 26 touchdowns on the ground, his passing stats were fairly pedestrian, with 13 passing touchdowns and just a 49% completion percentage. Narcisse chose UTSA over an offer from Les Miles at Kansas.
Perhaps the most exciting player in UTSA’s class, local product Sincere McCormick could be in line for early touches as a change-of-pace running back for the Roadrunners. Speedy and stronger than one would assume, McCormick impressed high school football fans across the state of Texas with his 10.6 yards per carry average and 34 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Defensively, UTSA may have landed a serious steal in Kenneth Robinson. At just 5’10”, 163 pounds, Robinson’s slight stature didn’t catch the eye of major programs, earning offers from Bucknell, Columbia, Cornell, and Hawaii. Robinson really started to blossom in his senior season as he finished his 2018 campaign with 79 tackles, four tackles for loss, 10 pass break ups, and five interceptions in one of Texas’ most competitive football districts.
As the first day of the early signing period has come and gone, the Roadrunners still have several holes to fill. If star linebacker Josiah Tauaefa decides to leave UTSA to prepare for the NFL draft, it will leave just two experienced players at the linebacker position, neither of which have started games.
UTSA will also likely be looking for transfers along the offensive line, out wide at receiver, and in the secondary. High school athletes will be able to sign until December 21st, while junior college transfers can sign as late as January 15th. Following those dates, the final signing period for the recruiting class will run from February 6th to April 1st.