There were rumbles that it was going to happen, and on Thursday it pretty much became official according to Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times.
Former Kansas, and Florida tight end Kent Taylor is in Ruidoso prepping for the 2016 season as a Miner.
Taylor played in 11 games last season at Kansas, catching 15 passes for 179 yards, and a touchdown. Prior to his lone season at Kansas, Taylor spent two seasons at Florida playing as a true freshman in 2012 when Brent Pease ran Florida's offense under Will Muschamp.
Taylor hauled in a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville in the 2012 season. He currently is not listed on the UTEP roster, and will be a senior in 2016.
He did not play in the 2013 season, so UTEP could have a chance to petition for an extra year, but that has not been officially confirmed. He sat out in 2014 at Kansas as a redshirt sophomore due to transfer rules.
Coming out of Land O' Lakes High School in Tampa, Taylor was a four-star recruit, and rated as the nation's #1 tight end in the class of 2012 by Rivals, and Scout.
UTEP also added two JUCO linebackers in Makana Fraser from Phoenix College who is a Hawaii native.
Dante Loviltte is also in camp with UTEP after spending the past two seasons at Kilgore JUCO. Both are inside linebackers.
Additionally, punter Alan Luna has been granted a full scholarship coach Kugler announced after UTEP’s first practice of the fall on Thursday.