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UTEP Football: 2015 Recruiting Update

Sean Kugler and his staff have been busy crootin' this spring/summer, here is a list of who has been shown interest or received an offer.

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UTEP received its first verbal commitment of 2015 in Mesquite, TX cornerback Jarius Hall who was shown interest by a couple of Big 12 schools including Texas.

UTEP has offers, and shown interest in more than 30 guys I could find, with I'm sure more coming in the next few months.

Interesting to note that a trend every year looks to be lineman on both fronts, and defensive backs, running backs will also be a trend though a crowded 2014 class in the backfield shows UTEP is focusing on deepening both fronts, and continuing to bring in hybrid defensive backs for added depth for five secondary positions.

There will be a need of some receivers and quarterbacks in the next coming classes as well, big time playmaker Emanuel Gant at gunslinger, and playmakers at receiver Xavier Castille, and Patrick Onyiah is a dream trio of prospects for UTEP as those kids are the highlights of this list on offense.

Here is what I was able to dig up, each guy listed either has a offer, or shown serious interest.

Players highlighted have links to their highlights, composite rating based on websites, and what I think they should be ranked.


Kavika Johnson, 6'0, 200 lbs, Las Cruces, NM-Dual Threat

Sean Paul Brophy, 6'2,187 lbs, Scottsdale, AZ- 2**

Emanuel Gant, 6'5, 230 lbs, Tempe, AZ, 3***


Q' Drennan, 6'3, 190 lbs, El Paso, TX-El Dorado, 2**-star composite rating, 4.5 sec, 40 yard dash.

Xavier Castille, 5'11, 195 lbs, Rockwall, TX, 2**-start composite rating, 4.38 sec, 40 yard dash

Patrick Onyiah, 6'3,160 lbs, Houston, TX 3***-star composite rating.

Gustavo Dorsett, 6'2, 190 lbs, El Paso, TX-Franklin, 4.5 sec 40 yard dash.


Matt Pistone, 6'4, 230 lbs, Yuma, AZ, 3***-star composite rating.

Chance Bishop, 6'5, 280 lbs, Kennedale, TX

Offensive Lineman

Christian Castleberry. 6'4.285 lbs, Harmony, PA

Kaden Jackson, 6'2 270 lbs, Kingfisher, OK, 2**-star composite rating.

Keaton Bates, 6'4, 275 lbs, Arlington, TX

Frank Martinez, 6'2, 300 lbs, El Paso, TX-Andress

Johnathan Vogt, 6'4, 270 lbs, Canutillo, TX

Kolby Drew, 6'6, 280 lbs, San Marcos, CA, JUCO, 3**

Dwayne Scott, 6'2, 290 lbs, White Plains, NY,

JC Bartok, 6'5, 265 lbs, Columbus, OH

Harper Sherman, 6'4, 265 lbs, New Westminster, British Columbia, 3**

Defensive Lineman

Hunter Thedford, 6'7, 230 lbs, Comanche, TX

Denzel Chukwkelu, 6'5, 290 lbs, Rockwall, TX

Dillon Faamatau, 6'3, 265 lbs, Norwalk, CA

Abram Cook, 5'10, 290 lbs, Surprise, AZ

Cole Delgado, 6'5, 220 lbs, Phoenix, AZ

Josiah Tauaefa, 6'2, 245 lbs, Corinth, TX,2**, vs UTSA in recruiting battle

Darrell Woolen, 6'3, 265 lbs, Frisco, TX

Nathon Trawick, 6'1, 300 lbs, Richmond, IN

Nico Lautanen, 6'3, 265 lbs, Mentor, OH


Caleb Porter-JUCO, 6'0, 230 lbs, Costa Mesa, CA, 2**.

Rylee Simon, 6'1, 215 lbs, Vian, OK, 2**

Ben Schrider, 6'4, 223 lbs, Berkeley, CA, 2**

Defensive Backs

Jaruis Hall, 5'11, 175 lbs, Mesquite, TX, 2**, UTEP Commit

Shola Ayinde, 5'11, 165 lbs, Richmond, TX 2**

Rashaan Watson, 6'0, 180 lbs, Largo, FL, 2**

Torin Marks, 5'11, 170 lbs, Rosenburg, TX, 3***

Darreon Jackson, 5'11 180 lbs, Derby, KS, 2**

*ATH Cameron Hayes, 5'11, 180 lbs, Gardena, CA

Dehonta Hayes, 5'11, 160 lbs, Tacoma, WA

Jerrell Brown, 6'2, 170 lbs, Perris, CA

Mark Cooks, 5'11, 170 lbs, Plano, TX