2016 New Mexico Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 New Mexico Football Recruiting: The Lobos are coming off a breakthrough season, but were they able to restock the shelves for the near future?

    February 1, 2016


    2016 New Mexico Football Recruiting: The Lobos are coming off a breakthrough season, but were they able to restock the shelves for the near future?


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    2016 New Mexico Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Bob Davie is going for offense and bulking up the front to make his ground game go. With a nice mix of a few key star options and a few good JUCO transfers, this is a quality class more than quantity. The program didn’t need a whole bunch of bodies, but it needs to make each signing count.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Offensive line. This is about the offense with JUCO transfer Emmanuel Harris needing to be a part of the fun early on and with quarterbacks Gabe Ortega and Kameron Miller filling the New Mexico offensive type, but mostly the Lobos are building the infrastructure for the O. Ray Baylor is a very big, very good JUCO option for the interior along with Butler County College’s Blaise Fountain a ready-made option for the inside, too. The best of the bunch, though, should be 6-7, 280-pound Avery Jordan, coming in from Blinn College and blowing off Washington State and some Mountain West schools to go to UNM.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    RB Daevon Vigilant, 5-9, 170 – Perfect for the option offense, Army, Navy and Nevada all wanted him, and Michigan and Colorado made a push, but he could become a signature star an offense that’ll be more than happy to feature him as a potentially devastating playmaker. A blazer, he could’ve been seen as a possible defensive back and a dangerous kick returner, but the Lobos will use him in a variety of ways.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Receivers. The offensive line needs some work with three starters needing to be replaced, but a slew of former JUCO transfers are waiting in the wings to step in and take over. The passing attack isn’t a major part of the Lobo world, but it’s still a problem to lose Carlos Wiggins, Marquis Bundy, and tight end Reece White. The quarterbacks are there to help ease the transition, though.

    2016 New Mexico Football Recruiting Class

    Stanley Barnwell, Jr. DB 6-1 185 So. JC Opa-locka, Fla. (Coffeyville CC/Monsignor Pace)
    Raymond Baylor III OL 6-1 299 Jr. JC Houston, Texas (ASA College-Brooklyn/Hightower HS)
    Corey Bojorquez P 6-0 227 Jr. JC Bellflower, Calif. (Cerritos College/Mayfair HS)
    Jonathan Brys TE 6-5 229 Fr HS Jackson, Mich. (Lumen Christi HS)
    Rhashaun Epting RUSH 6-2 220 Fr. HS Berkeley, Ill. (Proviso West HS)
    Nahje Flowers DL 6-3 259 Fr. HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)
    Blaise Fountain OL 6-0 280 Jr. JC Wichita, Kan. (Butler CC/Maize HS)
    Jay Griffin IV WR 5-10 158 Fr. HS Huntsville, Texas (Huntsville HS)
    Emmanuel Harris WR 5-9 196 Jr. JC Dallas, Texas (Trinity Valley CC/Skyline HS)
    Corey Hightower DB 5-11 171 Fr. HS Huntsville, Texas (Huntsville HS)
    Avery Jordan OL 6-4 285 Jr. JC Pearland, Texas (Blinn College/Pearland HS)
    Emmanuel Joseph DL 6-3 254 Fr. HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Alexander Hamilton HS)
    Kameron Miller QB 6-2 185 Fr. HS Las Cruces, N.M. (Las Cruces HS)
    Gabriel Ortega ATH 6-0 188 Fr. HS Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)
    Patrick Peek DB 5-11 193 Fr. HS Ft. Worth, Texas (Aledo HS)
    Teton Saltes RUSH 6-4 250 Fr. HS Albuquerque, N.M. (Valley HS)
    Kameron Smith OL 6-7 317 Fr. HS Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS)
    David Swaby OL 6-8 305 Fr. HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Bishop Mora Salesian HS)
    Tevaka Tuioti QB 6-0 177 Fr. HS La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS)
    Daevon Vigilant RB 5-7 184 Fr. HS Downey, Calif. (Downey HS)
    Marcus Williams WR 6-2 194 Fr. HS Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)

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