A story posted on Sports Illustrated’s Web site Wednesday offers a bit of praise for Larry Coker after he announced his first recruiting victory.
Coker, the head football coach of UT-San Antonio, says he has received four commitments for his program, which will begin play in 2011 as a Football Championship Subdivision school (formerly Division I-AA).
One of those recruits was San Antonio’s own Chris Johnson.
Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 182-pound senior-to-be running back from East Central High School, has rushed for more than 3,000 yards during the last two seasons. He was offered a scholarship by several FBS schools including UTEP, according to Rivals.com.
This figures to be just the beginning of a slew of recruits that the Roadrunners will steal away from the Miners in the coming years. And with Coker’s goal of eventually joining Conference USA, UTEP better do something to compete for the signatures of recruits in this talent-rich state.
The best way for UTEP to put the brakes on a recruit exodus is to put UTSA on the schedule annually, at least the first few years of the football program’s existence. The winner of these games will likely nab the most recruits. And should the Miners lose consistently to an FCS team? Well, that should be interesting ...
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