UTEP has a current dire need for some tight end depth, and added a nice piece as former Boise State tight end David Lucero announced his intentions to attend UTEP.
Lucero, 6'6, 230 pounds played last season at Arizona Western, after being dismissed from Boise State earlier this year due to an off-field arrest.
He pled guilty to misdemeanor battery back in December of 2015. He was arrested on a felony charge of attempted strangulation in November in an incident involving a female student-athlete.Lucero received a withheld judgment as part of a plea deal.
On the football field, Lucero played in 11 games for Boise State in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, catching four passes for 63 yards apart of heavy tight end rotation at Boise. Coming out of high school he was a three-star prospect and was the 27th best tight end prospect nationally by 247Sports racking up 819 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in his senior year of prep ball.
Last season at Arizona Western, Lucero played in a run heavy scheme, and only caught eight passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Arizona Western won 11 games in a row at one point this past season and averaged close to 250 yards rushing per game. Lucero had his best receiving game of the season against Glendale catching six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
He will have two years of eligibility as a Miner and is originally from Holtville, California.
He should fit right into UTEP's offensive schemes not only as a pass catcher, but as a major blocker alongside returning blocking ace Sterling Napier. UTEP also has former BYU tight end Josh Weeks on campus who is expected to be on the team in the spring.
Today JUCO players can start signing Letters of Intent for mid-year eligible transfers, Lucero is UTEP's second JUCO commit for the class of 2017.