It's way more exciting than it proves to be productive when UTEP signs another new batch of football recruits. More than 20 high-schoo l" big men on campus" committed to become Miners on Wednesday. Fans get hyped every February about the new guys.
Been here before. But haven't seen a winning season in ...
In sportsdom lingo, forever. Lots and lots of prior recruiting classes didn't turn the Miners into winners.
My gripe has always been this: How come the "bigs" in college football can sometimes use their freshmen signees, but UTEP can't. Big schools sometimes use true freshmen at quarterback, and even more so, as running back.. It seems to me that UTEP doesn't get that caliber of player. Obviously.
This year UTEP is proclamining happiness because it got the top high school players in El Paso. OK, but did any of these guys get solid "we-want-you" offers to go play at a TV school? One of the four decided to sign with UTEP instead of going to UT San Antonio. I'm talking solid scholarship offers, not "Why don't you walk on and we'll see."
New UTEP Coach Sean Kugler ( I like him) says he kept many of the players who'd committed to be Miners when nine-year coach Mike Price had sent out his recruiters. OK. I'm still a Mike Price fan. But this former National Coach of the Year (Washington State) couldn't get the "program turners" to come play here, or could coaches before him. UTEP's "Got The Boot Hill" is full of good coaches' graves who could not bring enough talent here.
Kudos to all the new Miners. But until there's an upswing in wins, the question remains for all the new recruits: How good are you - how good are you really - on the football field?