National Signing Day: UTEP Football Inks Twenty-three

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Its national signing day, and its coach Sean Kugler's first full recruiting class. Here's a rundown of UTEP' signees for the class of 2014.

It's official. Twenty-three players signed national letters of intent today to play college football for the University of Texas at El Paso. These twenty-three round out coach Sean Kugler's first full recruiting class, and there's definitely plenty of talent to go around.

The former offensive line coach inked four offensive linemen, and two tight ends. Five other offensive players rounded out that side of the ball, including a pair of standout receivers from right here in the Sun City.

There was no question coming into the recruiting season, with a handful of graduations added to a lack of scholarship players on that side of the ball in 2013, the Miner coaching staff would certainly be looking to add quite a bit to the defensive unit, especially in the front seven.

They did just that, signing 12 defensive players, with most hailing from the Lone Star State, and California. Also in that group, are a pair of JUCO players who likely will see some game action immediately.

Of course, there's always the last minute hopefuls and surprises, and this year was no different. UTEP also signed four players that either hadn't committed, or were unknown to MinerRush as of this morning.

In all, Kugler and his staff signed 11 offensive and 12 defensive players, including 13 from Texas, five from California, and one from each of Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. Twenty of those players were high schoolers, while three come from the JUCO ranks.

Here's the complete list of today's signings:

Stephen Forester FR DE 6'1/230lbs Mesquite, TX (Dallas Christian HS)
Alex Villarreal JR DT 6'4/300lbs Hidalgo, TX (Northeast Oklahoma A&M)
Jason Fao FR NG 6'0/300lbs Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS)
Mike Sota FR DT 6'4/260lbs Placenta, CA (Valencia HS)
Joseph Kraemer FR DE 6'3/245lbs Kettering, OH (Archbishop Alter HS)
Augie Touris FR DE 6'4/235lbs Buffalo, NY (Canisius HS)
Luke Elsner FR DE 6'3/240lbs Seymour, WI (Seymour HS)
Jimmy Musgrave JR LB 6'0/235lbs Victorville, CA (Victor Valley College)
Justen Tatum FR LB 6'1/240lbs Dallas, TX (First Baptist Academy)
Nik Needham FR DB 5'11/185lbs Buena Park, CA (Buena Park HS)
Adrian Hynson FR DB 5'10/185lbs Corpus Christi, TX (Flour Bluff HS)
Mookie Carlile FR DB 6'1/200lbs Stephenville, TX (Stephenville HS)
Chris Jones FR OC 6'1/300lbs Corsicana, TX (Corsicana HS)
Derron Gatewood FR OG 6'3/295lbs Odessa, TX (Permian HS)
Jerrod Brooks FR OT 6'5/305lbs Dallas, TX (Seagoville HS)
Christopher Misaalefua FR OT 6'5/355lbs Lindsay, CA (Lindsay HS)
Warren Redix FR WR 5'10/175lbs El Paso, TX (Montwood HS)
Eddie Sinegal FR WR 6'0/170lbs El Paso, TX (Andress HS)
David Hamm FR RB 6'0/220lbs Klein, TX (Klein HS)
Treyvon Hughes FR RB 5'11/220lbs Carrollton, TX (Hebron HS)
Sloan Spiller FR FB 6'0/225lbs Katy, TX (Katy HS)
Nick Jones JR TE 6'7/260lbs Buffalo, NY (Erie Community College)
Sterling Napier FR TE 6'4/345lbs Rio Rancho, NM (Cleveland HS)

Make sure to stay tuned to MinerRush for more NSD coverage, including thoughts and player profiles. Also, make sure to on Twitter and as always don't forget to like our Facebook Page. Picks Up, and Go Miners!

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