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Local UTEP Commit Derek Elmendorf Weighing Options

Class of 2013 UTEP football recruit Derek Elmendorf is currently deciding whether to stick with his commitment, or head elsewhere for his college career.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-US PRESSWIRE

We all knew this would happen. After all, its a direct side affect of a coaching change. I guess I just thought it wouldn't be happening so soon. According to, UTEP football commit Derek Elmendorf has decided to open his recruiting, and is taking an official visit to UTSA today.

Now, the fact that he's taking a visit doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be decommitting from the Miners, but its definitely not a good sign. Elmendorf, from right here in El Paso (Franklin), is a 6'4 285 lb offensive tackle that is considered a two star prospect.

His teammate at Franklin, Connor Potts, also will be taking a visit to UTSA today. Potts is a 6'6 300 lb offensive tackle who is uncommitted, and is considering a handful of Ivy league schools, as well as UTEP and others.

The biggest thing in all of this is, if we are unable to keep our commits from right here in El Paso, can we really expect to keep them from kids outside of the city?

The Miner coaching staff was off to a solid start with the 2013 recruiting class, already landing commits from a couple of solid players like three star prospect Jaylon Scott (CB), and two star prospects Quentin Tezeno (CB) and Tyler Batson (WR).

UTEP was also in the running for guys like local three star RB Aaron Jones (Burges), and three star LB Chad Davis. As of now, the Miners still have their recruiting class in tact, but that likely wont last too much longer.

Considering the 2012 team was one that was loaded with seniors, there will be plenty of positions to be replaced by the new coaching staff. We'll see how they do once they are put into place in the coming weeks.