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UTEP football: JUCO offensive lineman Tanner Stallings commits to UTEP

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The Miners received a verbal commitment from an immediate area of need on Thursday evening.

Hutchinson Community College offensive lineman Tanner Stallings announced via Twitter that he verbally committed to UTEP last night.

Stallings a 6'2, 300 pound interior lineman from Sterling, Kansas provides UTEP with much needed depth for 2016, and has impressive technique, awareness, and strength that should immediately translate at the FBS level based off his recent film shown above.

UTEP now has legit options in the interior part of the offensive line despite two year starter at center Eric Lee graduating. Stallings will battle with Derron Gatewood for the starting center job, but can also play guard bringing welcomed versatility to an already deep pool of offensive lineman.

Hutchinson C.C. averaged 244.8 rushing yards last year as Stallings helped pave the way for four different rushers who had over 500-yards on the ground last year.

Stallings is UTEP's first 2016 offensive lineman commit, and will be a mid-year transfer who will be on campus next semester and participate in spring practice.  He was drawing serious interest from Louisville, and tells us he is excited to be in El Paso for the upcoming semester.

UTEP now has 11 confirmed verbal commits for the class of 2016.