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UTSA adds eight athletes to the class of 2020 on National Signing Day

Jeff Traylor gets his feet wet with his first recruiting class as a head coach.

Eric Guajardo - EVP/Alamodome Audible Podcast

With 17 commitments putting pen to paper, new UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor finally has a recruiting class to call his own. The Roadrunners were able to make a splash in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day by earning the commitment of a few players with Power 5 offers and impressive credentials.

Headlining the class is UTSA’s highest-rated recruit of all time in tight end Allen Horace. The 6’5” tight end waited until signing day to make his destination known, shocking fans at both Arkansas and Ole Miss who figured UTSA was third place in the race for Horace’s services. A two sport star, Horace could be an immediate starter at tight end for UTSA this season if he’s able to handle blocking duties at the Division I level right out of the gate.

Traylor was able to identify several hidden gems that seemed to fly under the radar of other programs. Isaiah Davis, a high-flying speedster wide receiver from El Paso, chose the Roadrunners over offers from UTEP and Navy. The younger brother of starting UTSA lineman Kevin Davis, Isaiah recorded 912 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air this season.

Defensive back Xavier Spencer also appears to be a great find by the staff. At 6’2” Spencer shows shocking speed and playmaking ability on film. While Spencer plays for one of the most notable programs in the state, he saw limited playing time as a junior due to a stacked group of seniors being ahead of him on the depth chart. Once playing time opened up for Spencer he blossomed, recording 71 tackles, 6 TFLs, 1 sack, 9 pass break ups, and an interception. Spencer’s late bloom held off Power 5 suitors that certainly would have lined the block had Spencer put up that type of production as a junior.

Kaedric Cobbs is one of the more interesting prospects UTSA has signed in quite some time as he is notable for both his accomplishments on the field as well as in the classroom. Cobbs maintained a 5.0 GPA as Denton Guyer’s valedictorian, while also rushing for 6,770 yards and 102 touchdowns throughout his collegiate career. Despite leading Guyer to a second place finish in the 6A D-II state finals, Cobbs’ hometown program of UNT elected not to offer Cobbs. The burly running back also turned down a full academic scholarship at Stanford to play football for UTSA.

The Roadrunners were also able to bring in a stellar transfer talent in cornerback Jayveon Cardwell. One of the top high school corners to come out of San Antonio in the past few years, Cardwell will definitely be in the running to start at a position of need for UTSA this year if he’s granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.

While there are a lot of things to like about this recruiting class, perhaps the most encouraging aspect of it is that the class still isn’t finished. Traylor has several scholarships left which he could use to go after transfers or athletes who were late to get qualified academically. With a strong summer this signing class could end up among the best in the Conference USA as UTSA currently has the fourth-highest average recruit ranking in the 247 Composite rankings. The Roadrunners will likely be targeting a graduate transfer linebacker (keep an eye on Oklahoma transfer Mark Jackson Jr., who is originally from the San Antonio area).

Signed during the early signing period

  • Asyrus Simon - DE - 6’4”, 245 (Atascocita HS)
  • Jaylon Lott - RB - 6’0”, 180 (Hebron HS)
  • Cam Peters - QB - 6’4”, 195 (Stafford HS)
  • Dan Dishman - TE - 6’6”, 201 (Clear Falls HS)
  • Everett Ornstein - PK/P - 6’0”, 165 (Langham Creek HS)
  • Donyai Taylor - ATH - 6’1”, 195 (Shiner HS)
  • Jamal Ligon - DE - 6’3”, 245 (Lee HS)
  • Isaiah Davis - WR - 6’3”, 185 (Pebble Hills HS)

Signed on National Signing Day

  • Xavier Spencer - DB - 6’2”, 175 (Judson HS)
  • Ernesto Almaraz - OL - 6’3”, 275 (East Los Angeles College)
  • Jayveon Cardwell - CB - 6’0”, 175 (Steele HS/Oklahoma State)
  • Makai Hart - OL - 6’4”, 295 (Trinity Valley CC)
  • Kaedric Cobbs - RB - 5’10”, 210 (Guyer HS)
  • Monte Williams - OL - 6’3”, 300 (Horn HS)
  • Walker Baty - DE - 6’4”, 260 (Liberty Hill HS)
  • Allen Horace - TE - 6’5”, 250 (Crockett HS)
  • Avery Morris - LB - 6’2”, 205 (Atascocita HS)