National Signing Day: UTEP Signs a Whopping 32 Prospects
UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel announced today the signing of 32 prospects in part of the Miners' 2019 signing class as part of National Signing Day.
Dimel would not go into details on specific scholarship players versus walk-ons, but he did go into specifics on the recruiting process.
“As everybody says this is a time as a coach trying to come in and build your program, Dimel said. "It’s obviously a big day for us as a coaching staff, and one I look forward to all year, putting all of the pieces of a recruiting class together. All of the stories and tribulations that come to this day is what makes our business so much fun. It’s an important part of what you do as a football coach and all of that comes down to signing day."
The majority of the signees are coming out of high school (23), with nine being transfers. It was a well-balanced class, 15 offensive, 14 defensive and three special teams prospects.
The moment that Dimel stepped foot on campus, he promised to recruit Texas hard. His promise was fulfilled with the addition of 21 Texas signees, while seven are from California, two from Arizona, one from Arizona and one from Pennslyvania.
There were some last-minute additions to this group, including safety McKel Broussard and linebacker DJ Turner. Dimel explained that the process in grabbing players late allows the program to further evaluate players through the holiday break and puts UTEP in a position to offer those that have been overlooked.
"There is two signing days now," Dimel said. "I think that has been a really positive thing for UTEP, having the early signing day allows us to really see what’s out there for us and allows us to do what we do best. It's what you do with your evaluation tools. That is how we are going to build our program is by being great evaluators. That is obviously what we had done at Kansas State to turn that program around, and the other places that I have been and had success is because we have been great evaluators. So that is a big part of what we did with this class."
Along with the 32 signees, the Miners are still able to land graduate transfers throughout the spring and summer.
Here is a full list of the 2019 signees:
Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
TJ Goodwin FR QB 6-5 200 Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls HS
Jeremiah Byers FR OL 6-4 295 Austin, Texas/ L.C. Anderson HS
Justin Mayers FR OL 6-2 295 Frisco, Texas/Reedy HS
Fabio Novoa FR OL 6-4 295 El Paso, Texas/Pebble Hills HS
Adam Cousins FR WR 6-0 170 Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson HS
Jacob Cowing FR WR 5-11 175 Maricopa, Ariz./Maricopa HS
Skyler Newsome FR WR 6-2 200 Lubbock, Texas/Frenship HS
Quintavius Workman FR WR 6-5 185 El Paso, Texas/Chapin HS
Rashad Beecham SO TE 6-2 235 Cibolo, TX/Allan Hancock College
Luke Laufenberg R-JR TE 6-4 235 Argyle, Texas/Mesa CC
Julian Lopez FR TE 6-1 230 El Paso, Texas/Chapin HS
Deion Hankins FR RB 6-0 212 El Paso, Texas/Parkland HS
Jalen Joseph FR RB 5-9 215 El Paso, Texas/Andress HS
Jett Kinsch FR RB 6-0 190 Phoenix, Ariz./Liberty HS
Michael Young FR FB 5-9 215 Euless, Texas/Colleyville Heritage HS
Miles Banks JR DB 6-1 165 Missouri City, Texas/Blinn CC
Robert Corner III JR DB 6-1 180 Compton, Calif./Cerritos College
Duron Lowe R-JR DB 5-10 185 Shawnee, Kansas/Butler CC
McKel Broussard FR S 6-0 190 Sherman, Calif./Notre Dame HS
Dy’vonne Inyang JR S 6-0 180 Missouri City, Texas/Kilgore College
Ty’reke James JR S 5-11 190 Richmond, Calif./Contra Costa
Joe Jay Smith R-JR LB 6-3 225 Bethlehem, Pa./Garden City CC
DJ Turner SO LB 5-11 217 Santa Clarita, Calif./Moorpark College
Jerome Wilson FR LB 6-3 205 Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda HS
Armonie Brown FR DE 6-2 250 Refugio, Texas/Refugio HS
Demarr Hayes FR DE 6-4 225 Waco, Texas/La Vega HS
Tre’jon Lewis FR DE 6-3 230 Manor, Texas/Manor HS
Jalen Rudolph FR DT 6-2 290 Los Angeles, Calif./Junipero Serra HS
Sua’ava Tupua FR DT 6-1 270 Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne HS
Mark Ramos FR K 5-8 165 El Paso, Texas/Andress HS
Austin Rychlik FR K 5-10 156 Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch HS
Tanner Boston FR LS 6-1 250 Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch HS