Friday, July 13, 2012

Recruiting Recap - Eastern New Mexico

What they lost - 
7 starters on offense (1 second team All-LSC, 2 honorable mention), 2 starters on defense (1 first team All-LSC), 1 specialist (1st team All-LSC)

WR Darian Dale, 2nd team All-LSC, 84 receptions for 798 yards and 6 TDs last year, ENMU's all-time receptions leader with 263 catches for 2,743 yards and 19 TDs in his career
WRs Nicholas Hill and Noelin Henry, who combined for 51 receptions for 532 yards and 4 TDs
RB Tony Valenzuela, rushed for 442 yards and 3 TDs, plus 23 receptions for 148 yards
OL Mark Pena, HM LSC
OL Adam Robinson, HM LSC
OL Tanner Streety, started 6 games
DE Stephen Smith, 35 tackles, 10 TFL, 3 Sacks
LB Perron Sellers, 57 tackles, 6.5 TFL
Punter Taylor Cannon, 1st team All-LSC punter who averaged 42.6 yards per punt

Who's coming back - 
Wesley Wood, HM LSC, threw for 2,711 yards with 22 TDs.  Needs 86 yards and 2 TDs to become ENMU's all-time leading in those categories
WRs Chase Kyser and Arvin Jackson, combined for 82 receptions, 870 yards and 7 TDs
OL Justin Ward, started all 11 games
OL Jaime Villafuerte, started 9 games
DT Ian Ogando, HM LSC, 35 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks
DEs Bracy McCoy and Maclolm Butters, combined 47 tackles, 13 TFL
LB Joey Mendez, HM LSC 49 tackles, 4 TFL
LBs Lane Wood, Keighen Thetford, and Eli Finch, combined 148 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 2 sacks
DB Nick Jones, HM LSC, 62 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 5 passes broken up
DB Jayson Serda, HM LSC, 62 tackles, 1 Int, 5 passes broken up
DBs Denton Allmon, Keith Davis, Ronnie Slater, 121 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 Ints, 8 passes broken up
K Michael Cottingham, converted 28-29 PATs, 2-5 on FGs

Who they brought in -
Most of the recognizable names are on the defensive side of the ball, which makes sense given the Greyhounds' performance on that side of the ball (last in the LSC, allowing 41 points and 482 yards per game).  Michael Cowden is the top signee - ESPN had him as the nation's #187 DT.  Kenny Betts was the New Mexico Preps DL of the year.  Ricky Dickson and Marcos Hinojos are two more to watch.  Jeremy Doucette and Landon Lock (1st team All State from Gonzales HS) at linebacker, and Willie Riley and John Garcia at DB are also worth keeping an eye on.  Cody Jurek was a 2nd team All State offensive lineman.  Junior college transfers, TE/OL Kendall Thompkins, DE Kameron Thompkins (both HM All-Jayhawk Conference) and OL Isaiah Porter could provide some immediate help.

Overall Grade  C-
While the defense obviously needs an upgrade, the offense will be adjusting to a new philosophy without bringing in much in the way of skill players.

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