Head coach Sean Kugler announced four new Miners that will join the team for the 2014 season this morning.
Kugler signed three JUCO players who will begin the spring semester at UTEP, along with a High School signee who will also join the Miners in the spring.
Today is the first day players who are eligible for a mid-year transfer to sign their letters of intent.
The Miners signed Alex Villareal, a 6'4 300 lb lineman from Hidalgo, TX, who is listed as a 3-star recruit. He started all 9 games last year, and was a two year starter at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where he led them to a 9-3 record in the 2012 season, recording 80 tackles in 2 sacks during that season. He orginally signed to Oklahoma State out of high school, where he had 12 sacks during his high school career.
Jimmy Musgrave a 6'1 220 lb linebacker from Victorville, CA is also a new Miner. Musgrave was named to the 2013 American Division Mountain Conference first-team defense, starting all 10 games and racking up 94 tackles on the season. He walked on at Oregon coming out of high school, where he spent time on the scout team, before leading his JUCO team to a 6-4 record last season, while having four games where he reached double digit tackles. He will have two years of eligibility.
The Miners also added two tight ends, Nick Jones is a 6'6 255 lb JUCO transfer, from Buffalo, NY. He played seven games at Erie Community College last season, where he caught 17 passes for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is also a junior and has two years to play for the Miners.
The other tight end is Sterling Napier out of Rio Rancho, NM via Clevland High School. He was four year starter there, he caught 43 balls for 682 yards and three touchdowns in his career. His team was also ranked 3rd in the state and had an 11-2 record this past season. In a game against Volcano Vista High School, Napier went off for 172 yards receiving on 7 catches with 2 touchdowns.
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