Over the next few homes games UTEP will host a number of 2015 prospects on official visits.
Last season 21 of 23 prospects that came to UTEP on visits verbally committed during their visits according to coach Kugler.
This week 6'7 tight end Hunter Thedford will be in the Sun Bowl tonight for UTEP's homecoming game with Old Dominion.
Thedford participated in UTEP's June 10th prospect camp, and is also being looked at closely by Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana Tech.
Thedford was mainly a defensive player as an end before transitioning into a full time tight end this season. He is playing in a new pass first offense this season in where he sees the ball a lot according to sources.
UTEP is his only offer at this point, but it appears Texas is very close to popping an offer, he has taken unofficial visits to Austin, though UTEP will be the first official visit of his recruiting process.
In other football recruiting news, according to Rivals the Miners received a verbal commitment this week from Elliott Oldham a 6'4 JUCO receiver who hails from Detroit.
As a freshman last season he had 17 catches for 203 yards with four touchdowns, and according to his Rivals page his 40 time was clocked in at a 4.45 mark.
He had a streak of five straight games with a catch last season to end the year, including a combined 9 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games.
This season Oldham has 24 catches for 346 yards and three touchdowns in six games, good for a 14.6 yards per catch average. He has continued that streak of games with a catch into this season having recorded a catch in every game in 2014 as Minnesota West Community College's leading receiver.
In a game a few weeks ago on September 27th, Oldham had 7 catches for 129 yards with a score and has two catches for longs of 40 yards or longer this season. Coming into today's game, Oldham has 13 grabs good for 200 yards combined in his last two games with two touchdowns.
Hunter Thedford's 2014 highlights
Oldham's high school senior year highlights
Link to Oldham's JUCO game film
Other UTEP football offers via Twitter
#NewRochelle HS (NY) 3-star RB Jonathan Forrest (@jforrest_21) receives offer from the #UTEP #Miners— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) October 9, 2014
Congrats to @KeatonBates for picking up his 7th offer from SFA. #AxeEm #bulldogs #WarHawks #UTEP #Navy #TennSt #Bucknell #VFND— Daniel Wilkinson (@Coach_Wilk) October 5, 2014
Truly blessed, and humbled to have received my 6th offer from UTEP... #GoMiners pic.twitter.com/JzLznBszh1— Clark Kent (@jusstiswarren) September 30, 2014
First d1 offer from UTEP so blessed man . #gominers pic.twitter.com/bEK9VJUp4g— buster (@papijakee) October 1, 2014
Just picked up my 14th offer from UTEP!! pic.twitter.com/7x6AsHuTIB— Mckinley Whitfield (@GettinBuckets25) August 26, 2014
Official offer from UTEP !! #minorstrong #blessed pic.twitter.com/pwEnjgjU6l— Dwayne Scott (@DCrinack) August 26, 2014
Americas offensive lineman Markos Lujan has been offered by UTEP— Felix Chavez (@Fchavezeptimes) October 11, 2014
UTEP showed some serious love yesterday, very appreciative!— JR (@__Chillin__) October 1, 2014
UTEP offers 6-foot-5 230-pound Los Angeles Fairfax HS DE/TE Foster Dixson http://t.co/ebZvKzxR9X— Aaron Rich KTSM (@AaronRichKTSM) September 24, 2014
2015 WR @CalebRepp 6'5 195 lbs. is going to visit UTEP on 11/14/14. He has offers from Nevada, Utah, Montana St and Sacramento St.— Angel Luna (@quantumii_usa) September 17, 2014