UTEP picked up a second verbal commitment from a local athlete.
Andress High senior quarterback Ryan Metz this week said he would play college football for the Miners. Metz joins Franklin offensive lineman Derek Elmendorff as El Paso high school players who have verbally committed to UTEP.
Verbal commitments are non-binding.
Metz, 6-3, 180-pounds, burst onto the scene last year. He showcased a strong, accurate arm and the ability to escape pressure in the pocket and run.
Though he didn’t throw much playing in run-heavy attack, Metz still passed for 1,367 yards with 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions in 2011.
It led to summer camp invitations where Metz received interest from Texas Tech, UTEP and New Mexico. Texas Tech gave him a visit after the game, one of the few quarterbacks to receive the invitation.
Metz has continued to progress, especially in the new spread. In three games and still learning the new system, Metz has thrown for 573 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
UTEP may not be done locally. The Miners have already offered Burges star and El Paso Times All-City Offensive MVP Aaron Jones. They have also shown interest in offensive lineman Connor Potts of Franklin and Adam Mijares of Socorro.