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UTEP football: 2016 Recruiting Update

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Things will pick up in UTEP’s efforts to complete the class of 2016 in the next couple of weeks, but a few 2016 offers have been handed out recently.

UTEP will have 17 available 2016 scholarships, with ten already committed for the class of 2016, and handed out a few offers since the beginning of November.

Sean Kugler has offered a handful of kids including an El Paso quarterback, and a JUCO offensive line.

El Paso Eastwood quarterback Mark Torrez was offered this past week as the 6'1, 185 quarterback finishes up a video game like 2015 season.

Torrez has passed for 8,397 yards in his four year varsity career.  He currently leads the state in passing yards with 3,424 yards, and 39 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes.

He's also rushed for 911 yards this season in Eastwood's spread/run and gun attack on offense and has been a part of an almost unstoppable tandem with UTEP commit Richie Rodriguez.

UTEP is Torrez's first FBS offer as he was previously drawing interest from UT-Permian Basin.

The Miners have also offered, and set an official visit with JUCO offensive lineman Tanner Stallings

Stallings 6'2, 300 pounds, is currently at Hutchinson Community College and has played center for an offensive unit that is second in the nation in total offense, and first in the nation in rushing yards per game.

UTEP's latest offer went out last night to a versatile athlete that can play wide receiver or defensive back.

Lorenzo Burns reported a UTEP offer last night, the 5'11, 160 pound athlete has piled up 1,102 yards receiving in his four year varsity career to go along with 16 career rushing touchdowns for Linfield Christian High School in Temecula, California.

He runs a reported 4.3 40-yard dash time, and also has 160 career tackles with four career interceptions and could really help out UTEP as a cornerback on the defensive side of the ball.

UTEP is also after a productive, but an already committed defensive end in San Angelo's Dylan Parsee.

Parsee is committed to Stephen F. Austin according to 247Sports, and has eight sacks this year, and is second on the team in tackles.  Parsee and Central High will face off against UTEP commit, and El Paso Americas in the Area round of the Texas State Playoffs this Friday.

A few weeks ago Sean Kugler gave us a look at the UTEP recruiting plan for the rest of the remaining scholarships.

"Defensive back is going to be an area, we'll probably sign five players this year. Running backs, we'll probably sign two in that area." Kugler said. "Defensive linemen, we'll probably sign three. Linebackers, we're going to sign two due to graduation. But if you look at it, we have 16 available, and 10 are probably going to go to the defensive side of the ball this year. The remaining six go to the offensive side of the ball. But we do want to sign some running backs for sure and defensive backs, those to me would be the two priority positions in signings this year."

Obviously with Garrett Simpson leaving opens another scholarship for 2016, and with 10 commits UTEP can be methodical with their remaining offers.

The Miners plan to sign at least 20 prospects for the class of 2016.

Mark Torrez

Tanner Stallings

Lorenzo Burns

Dylan Parsee