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UTEP Football: Latest 2017 offers focus on defense

Sean Kugler said a few weeks ago that defensive play makers were on the radar in this upcoming recruiting cycle, and so far the focus has been to give Tom Mason a few new weapons.

UTEP has recently offered at least six known defensive players, and we know are involved with at least eight defensive players or more after the first week of the contact period.

Coaches were spotted evaluating, and meeting prospective targets across their recruiting areas like Texas, California, and the Mississippi JUCO scene to start things off.

The mid-year JUCO signing period is UTEP’s first priority according to Kugler, and sources tell us UTEP has hit the JUCO scene with a selective eye for guys who can legitimately help right away at needed areas.

Here at the latest offers..

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Other active offers

UTEP only has 12 scholarships to work with for the class of 2017, so a high volume of offers like in past year’s is not expected in this cycle. UTEP will more than likely over sign on high school prospects who were offered gray shirt spots later in the cycle.

Kugler and Co. are still after two of El Paso’s top remaining uncommitted FBS prospects in running back Josh Fields from Americas who was among the state’s leading rushers this past season.

UTEP is also involved with El Paso-Parkland defensive lineman Josh Wells who led the state in sacks for most of the season, but we are unable to confirm if an offer has been fully extended.

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease also visited Sacramento, California quarterback Calvin Brownholtz this week who threw for 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns this past season and was offered back in June.

6’2 defensive back, and JUCO prospect Marcus Rosser also met with UTEP coaches during a recent visit to San Diego Mesa College.

The JUCO mid-year signing period is on December 11th, so expect maybe a few more JUCO offers before then.