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UTEP Football: LB Kobie Herring is UTEP's first verbal commit for 2017

UTEP picked up their first 2017 commit from a South Texas High School Powerhouse.

A big recruiting weekend for UTEP started off with the first 2017 commit as Refugio, Texas linebacker Kobie Herring verbally committed to UTEP Friday afternoon.

Herring was among an estimated 200 kids at the Sun Bowl yesterday for UTEP's elite camp featuring prospective members of the class of 2017 and 2018.

"I'm very excited and can't wait to come back to El Paso for good." Herring told Miner Rush after his commitment.

The 6'0, 200 pound Herring was offered by UTEP on May 31st he was also named District 15-2A's Co-Defensive MVP last season as a junior at the 2A South Texas High School football power Refugio High.

A projected inside linebacker, Herring piled up 215 tackles last season, leading a defensive unit that allowed just under 208 total per game last season.

247 Sports reports his 40-yard dash time is 4.68.   He also told us him and his family fell in love with the campus and city of El Paso during their visit to the Sun City over the past few days.

UTEP is looking to shore up their linebacker depth with the transition to a 3-4 scheme, Herring also added three-sacks last season, and his main recruiter was defensive coordinator Tom Mason who has reeled in all of UTEP's 2016, and now the first 2017 linebacker.

Herring is unranked at the moment, but was being recruited by Baylor, NMSU, Texas State, and Tulsa.

Look for more offers, and maybe some local commits after the coaching staff evaluates campers from Thursday's elite camp.