Sources on Wednesday told MinerRush former Texas tight end M.J. McFarland had UTEP on his mind and the Miners were a clear front runner and most likely his destination.
The two time Big 12 All-Academic selection will be immediately eligible at UTEP for his senior year, and will provide some much needed tight end depth next season.
The 6'4, 250 pound former four star prospect is the most highly recruited El Paso prospect since his recruitment and signing to Texas in 2010, and stellar play making filled career at El Dorado High School.
McFarland will battle sophomore to be's Cole Rogers, and Sterling Napier, along with Boise State transfer Hayden Plinke who is eligible this season. It wouldn't be a surprise for McFarland to turn into a guy who also lines up on the outside as well next season.
He will also help usher in a new quarterback in the spring as UTEP will be in a quarterback competition from the spring until the season opener with a possibly of two Power Five conference transfers competing at quarterback as well.
A huge get for Kugler not only on the field, but I feel McFarland will also bring a huge character impact to an already tight knit, workman like UTEP locker room.
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