Seven El Paso area high school football players signed with Division I football programs on Wednesday, which is a healthy sign that high school football in El Paso is making some progress on a high level. Franklin's Derek Elmendorff, Andress' Ryan Metz and Burges' Aaron and Alvin Jones stayed home and signed with UTEP. Franklin's Connor Potts signed with Harvard, Franklin's Devin Houx is headed to Air Force and Coronado's Nick Annabi inked with Columbia.
It was a good group of seniors this year all around the city. Several others signed with Division II or FCS schools and Del Valle's Erik Ramirez could walk-on to UTEP according to multiple sources.
It'll be interesting to see if this year's success in terms of players signing D-I scholarships has an impact on future classes. UTEP appears eager to recruit El Paso and keep the top players here. Wednesday was a good sign that football is getting better in El Paso. Now comes the part where progress has to continue on a consistent level.