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2010 UTEP Football Signee Bios

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Marcus Bagley
DL, 6-2, 320, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite)

First Team All-District 11-5A choice as a junior and senior at North Mesquite HS ... honorable mention All-State honoree by the Associated Press following his senior campaign ... rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... regarded as an area top-100 prospect by The Dallas Morning News ... credited with 96 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble his senior campaign ... teammate of Devin Patterson, another UTEP signee, at North Mesquite where he was coached by Michael Robinson ... also close friends with another UTEP recruit, Davian Harper of Mesquite HS ... had scholarship offers from Idaho State, Sam Houston State, UNLV and Wisconsin before choosing the Miners ... other schools that showed interest included Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech ... very strong player who benches 435 pounds and squats 550 ... member of North Mesquite's track & field team, throwing the shot put with a personal best of 51 feet ... carried a 3.93 grade point average in high school ... parents are Cornelius Bagley and Barbara Stansbury ... has six brothers and three sisters ... cousin, Willie Wood, is in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame ... brother Emmanuel Bagley plays football at Midwestern State ... born 5/3/92 (Dallas, Texas).

Marcus is a big, strong, physical defensive tackle who was able to manage double team blocks his senior year and still make defensive player of the year in his league. Marcus chose UTEP over Wisconsin, making him a big get for us.
UTEP Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson

Kyle Brown
DL, 6-2, 265, Conroe, Texas (Conroe)

First team All-District 14-5A offensive lineman as a junior and senior at Conroe High School ... first team All-District defensive lineman as a senior ... played offensive guard and defensive tackle during his prep career ... regarded as a top-100 area player by the Houston Chronicle ... rated one of the top-150 defensive end prospects in the country by Scout.com ... All-County choice on defense as a junior and offense as a senior ... has a 40 time of 4.6 seconds ... coached by Roger Holtkamp at Conroe HS, where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner ... also a member of Conroe's wrestling and track & field teams ... finished in the top-eight in the state while wrestling at 285 pounds ... parents are Steve and Stacey Brown ... has two brothers and one sister ... born 2/25/92 (The Woodlands, Texas).

Kyle Brown comes from Conroe High School, a very good football program just north of Houston. He was a camp attendee for us. He was actually in an all-day wrestling camp the day before coming to our Klein camp in Houston. He did a great job for us and ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. He is kind of an old-school player who brings toughness and athleticism to our program. He is a hard-nosed guy who was a heavyweight wrestler in high school. He will have the opportunity to play center and defensive end for us, so he's another versatile player.
UTEP Associate Head Coach Bob Connelly

Devin Dashnaw
OL, 6-6, 340, Surprise, Ariz. (Willow Canyon)

Tabbed to the Arizona Football Coaches Association 5A-II All-State team following a standout senior year at Willow Canyon HS ... also appointed second team All-State 5A by The Arizona Republic and Scout.com at the conclusion of the 2009 season ... rated one of the top-10 offensive linemen in the state by The Arizona Republic ... unanimous first team All-Region pick as a junior and senior ... rated one of the top-150 offensive tackle prospects in the country by Scout.com ... three-year starter in the offensive line for a team that racked up over 5,000 yards rushing ... also played nose tackle and defensive tackle, compiling nine tackles and a fumble recovery as a senior and 10 stops with a blocked field goal as a junior ... coached by Michael Hadnutt at Willow Canyon ... parents are Kevin Dashnaw and Jill Schnackenberg, and stepfather is Tom Schnackenberg ... has one brother ... uncle, Joe Proctor, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins ... born 6/19/92 (Plattsburgh, N.Y.).

Devin was also in our camp. He is a short space player, an athletic inside guy who brings size and mass to the table. He really does a nice job moving in space. He's a versatile guy who can play both inside and outside. He comes from a small school in Arizona and possesses huge upside. He's going to be a good player for us in the next few years.
UTEP Associate Head Coach Bob Connelly

Tajh Fite
DL, 6-2, 230, Dallas, Texas (Bryan Adams)

Three-year varsity letterwinner at Bryan Adams High School ... played defensive end his junior and senior year and saw action at tight end all three years ... amassed 35 tackles and four sacks in 2009 ... coached by Derick Roberson ... also a member of Bryan Adams' wrestling team ... mother is Pamela Denise Fite ... has one sister ... cousin, DeMario Williams, plays for the Kansas City Chiefs ... born 11/26/91 (Lawton, Okla.).

Tajh Fite is an athletic defensive end with great long speed. He was a tremendous playmaker in high school.
UTEP Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson

Katrae Ford
TE, 6-5, 230, Houston, Texas (Westfield)

Regarded as one of the top-100 prep tight ends in the country by Scout.com ... second team All-District 13-5A choice as a senior ... regarded as a top-100 area player by the Houston Chronicle and was tabbed All-Greater Houston ... primarily utilized as a blocker in the Westfield offense but still totaled seven receptions for 125 yards as a senior, with a long catch of 38 yards ... rated fifth in the district in yards per catch (17.9) ... one of the highlights of his senior campaign was scoring a two-point conversion against Klein, lifting his team to a 36-35 win ... played two years of varsity ball - one at Westfield and another at Nimitz HS ... coached by Corby Meekins at Westfield ... also recruited heavily by Baylor, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Rice and Southeastern Louisiana ... garnered Academic All-District recognition his senior year ... parents are Greg Ford and Nicole Murray ... has three brothers and one sister ... born 6/30/92 (Houston, Texas).

Katrae came to our summer camp and we watched him on film. What he brings is the ability to do something with the ball after the catch. That's what people are trying to find in tight ends nowadays, not just the guys who can run and block. He can get yards after the catch and make people miss in space.
UTEP Assistant Head Coach Jeff Woodruff

Brandon Forge
DL, 6-5, 240, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Garnered second team All-State honors as a senior at DeSoto HS ... first team All-District 11-5A selection as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... compiled 127 tackles as a senior, averaging 10.6 per game ... also recorded 10.5 sacks and forced a fumble for a 9-3 team ... tallied double-digit stops in six of 12 games, including a season-high 15 on two occasions ... credited with 27 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery as a junior ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Claude Mathis ... played primarily strong side defensive end as a sophomore, tackle as a junior and returned to end for his senior campaign ... also recruited heavily by Arkansas, Baylor, Tulsa and UNLV ... parents are Ronald Forge and Aline Johnson ... has one brother and two stepbrothers ... father played college football at Tennessee State and spent a short period in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins ... born 3/2/92 (Dallas, Texas).

Brandon is a long, athletic defensive end. He has the ability to play end and the frame to maybe one day move down inside to defensive tackle. He has great bloodlines with his dad playing in the NFL.
UTEP Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson

Javia Hall
QB, 6-1, 180, Dallas, Texas (Skyline)

A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... regarded as a national top-100 quarterback prospect by Scout.com ... rated an area top-100 prospect by The Dallas Morning News ... second team All-State 5A choice as a senior after completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,600 yards ... threw for 33 touchdowns with only two interceptions ... also rushed for 200 yards as a member of a 12-1 team that lost to Cypress Woods in the state title game ... completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,379 yards and 18 TDs as a junior ... had 1,200 yards passing as a sophomore ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Reginald Samples ... also recruited heavily by Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas and Wyoming ... teammate of Adrian James, another UTEP signee, at Skyline HS ... honor roll student ... parents are Jay Harrison and Brenda Hall ... has one brother and one sister ... born on Oct. 15, 1991 (Dallas, Texas).

Javia is a guy who came to our Cedar Hill camp. He has great leadership skills and he's a football junkie. He loves football, offensive plays and coverages. He is very advanced for a high school quarterback and has great accuracy. He had 33 touchdown passes and two interceptions last year, by far the best ratio of any high school quarterback we have ever signed.
UTEP Co-Offensive Coordinator Coach Aaron Price

Davian Harper
WR, 6-3, 205, Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)

Played primarily quarterback as a senior at Mesquite High School, completing 121 of 222 passes for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns ... also saw action at wide receiver, making six catches for 58 yards and a score ... utilized primarily at wideout as a junior ... two-year varsity letterwinner at Mesquite, where he was coached by Robbie Robinson ... also recruited heavily by Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and UNLV, among other schools ... was a member of Mesquite's basketball team for three years and plans to join the track & field squad this spring ... is good friends with fellow UTEP signee Marcus Bagley, who played at North Mesquite HS ... parents are Steven and Bergetter Harper ... has one brother, Steven Jr., who played college football at Midwestern State ... born 6/5/92 (Dallas, Texas).

Davian played quarterback his senior year, but we watched him his junior year. He is a very polished receiver who runs really good routes and is knowledgeable about the passing game because he played quarterback. He had some explosive runs this year and brings a tough, physical stature to UTEP.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Adrian James
DB, 6-0, 180, Dallas, Texas (Skyline)

Earned All-District 9-5A honors as a senior at Skyline HS in Dallas ... helped Skyline to a 12-1 season and berth in the state title game ... regarded as a national top-100 cornerback prospect by Scout.com ... totaled 30 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions in 2009 ... saw action at three positions (cornerback, quarterback, wide receiver) while making an immediate impact in his only year on the varsity team ... teammate of Javia Hall, another UTEP signee, at Skyline ... also recruited heavily by Kansas, Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin ... was a part of Skyline's baseball and track & field teams for four years ... three-year member of the student council ... mother is Adriane Michelle James ... has one brother and one sister ... born 11/30/91 (Dallas, Texas).

We saw Adrian in camp. He has some great ball skills and can run. He is highly competitive, and we think he will come in and be an impact player as a freshman.
UTEP Cornerbacks Coach Allen Johnson

Deron Jefferson
DL, 6-6, 260, Pomona, Calif. (Pomona)

First team All-League and second team All-Valley selection as a senior at Pomona HS ... two-way starter who was utilized as a run-stopping defensive end and blocking tight end ... played two years of varsity football after coach John Brown discovered him in the weight room ... was playing basketball for Pomona at the time and gained 35 solid pounds while blossoming into a Division I prospect on the gridiron ... played primarily defensive end as a junior with a little bit of action at tight end, earning honorable mention All-League and All-Valley honors at the former position ... also recruited heavily by Arizona State and Eastern Michigan ... parents are Ronald Jefferson and Detra Christopher ... has three sisters and one brother ... has three cousins who either have or will play college football - DeAndre Alexander (Florida State), Marion Knight (UNLV) and Ronald Powell (Florida) ... born 6/25/92 (West Covina, Calif.).

Deron is a really athletic guy. He played defensive end, tight end a little bit of offensive line in high school. He fits the mold of the players we recruited at Washington State because he's tall with range and athleticism. He has the mentality of a defensive lineman but has the frame to develop into a very good offensive tackle. Coach (Andre) Patterson likes him and would like the opportunity to coach him on defense, but initially we're going to try to develop him as an offensive tackle.
UTEP Associate Head Coach Bob Connelly

Nathan Jeffery
RB, 5-11, 190, Caddo Mills, Texas (Caddo Mills)

A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... listed as the no. 6 athlete prospect in the state by that publication ... a three-star prospect by Scouts, Inc. ... first team Class 2A All-State running back as a junior and senior and second team All-State as a sophomore ... two-time District 13-2A MVP ... tied for second on the all-time state career touchdowns list (136) with Jacquizz Rodgers, who currently stars at Oregon State ... compiled 2,990 yards rushing on 370 attempts (8.1 avg.) with 48 TDs his senior year ... rushed 249 times for 2,357 yards and 38 touchdowns his junior year, averaging 9.5 yards per carry ... over the last two years had five 300-yard games, sixteen 200-yard efforts and scored four or more rushing touchdowns on 12 occasions ... added 16 receptions for 224 yards and four TDs as a junior, and three catches for 65 yards as a senior ... registered 85 tackles, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal as a member of Caddo Mills' defensive unit in 2009 (strong safety) ... tallied 113 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries as a junior ... also a return specialist who averaged 20.6 yards on punts and 24.9 yards on kickoffs over two seasons ... was the team's primary punter his senior campaign ... led Caddo Mills HS to a 10-3 mark in 2009 and 11-2 in 2008 ... four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Steve Sumrow ... also recruited heavily by Kansas State, Montana State and Stephen F. Austin ... member of Caddo Mills' baseball, basketball and track & field teams ... All-Region honoree and district MVP in basketball ... state qualifier in the long jump in track ... member of the FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) ... parents are Mason and Vera Jeffery ... has two older twin brothers ... born 5/1/92 (Greenville, Texas).

Nathan is a touchdown scoring machine. He has great open field speed and reminds us a lot of Donald Buckram when he came out of high school. He's highly productive and a very physical runner for his size. He never came off the field at any time during the games in high school. He has a great chance to play as a freshman in the return game. He is as good of a running back as we've recruited since we've been here.
UTEP Running Backs & Punters Coach Jeff Banks

Jim Jones
WR, 6-0, 180, Redlands, Calif. (Aquinas)

Two-time Christian League MVP at Aquinas HS ... first team All-State by MaxPreps as a junior and second team All-State by CalHiSports as a senior ... two-time first team All-CIF selection ... All-League Defense pick as a sophomore ... registered 27 catches for 464 yards (17.2 avg.) with two touchdowns as a senior ... also logged 266 yards rushing on 43 carries (6.2 avg.) with four scores ... on defense, was credited with 43 tackles, four interceptions, four pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... averaged 12.6 yards on 10 punt returns and 30.3 yards on six kickoff returns ... also punted 17 times for 674 yards (39.7 avg.) ... junior totals were 64 receptions for 1,307 yards (20.4 avg.) and 15 TDs ... also accumulated 49 tackles, five picks, six break-ups and a fumble recovery while averaging 16.1 yards on punt returns and 41.3 yards on kickoff returns ... led Aquinas to a 10-2 record in 2008 and an 8-4 mark in 2009 ... member of a three-time league championship team ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Nick Matheny ... played wide receiver and cornerback all three seasons and saw action at quarterback his senior campaign ... also recruited heavily by San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV and Utah State while drawing interest from UCLA and Washington ... two-time All-League honoree as a member of Aquinas' baseball team, playing center field and pitching ... parents are Bobbie and Christina Jones ... has two brothers ... uncle, Lloyd Jones, played at BYU and was drafted by the New York Jets ... born 12/17/91 (San Bernardino, Calif.).

Jim probably had the best highlight film I've looked at in some time. Any time a receiver has a 45-minute highlight film, that's really impressive. Physically he's not going to look as good as some of the other prospects, but his production is outstanding. He played a number of positions in high school, so he's versatile. He's probably going to be a slot receiver for us. He does some great things catching the football.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Jordan Leslie
WR, 6-3, 205, Houston, Texas (Tomball)

A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... first team All-State pick as a junior at Tomball HS ... tabbed a top-100 area player by the Houston Chronicle ... rated the no. 16 overall player in Inside Texas' Top 100 for 2010 ... first team All-District 13-5A and All-Region selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... led the Houston area in receptions for two years ... compiled 55 catches for 742 yards (13.5 avg.) with nine touchdowns as a senior ... had a long reception for 63 yards against Spring HS ... also rushed eight times for 22 yards and a score ... had eight punt returns for 113 yards (14.1 avg.), and seven kickoff returns for 132 yards (18.9 avg.) ... made 54 catches for 1,014 yards (18.9 avg.) with 10 TDs his junior season while adding five punt returns for 49 yards (9.8 avg.) and seven kickoff returns for 186 yards (26.6 avg.) ... switched from quarterback to receiver for his sophomore year and responded by tallying 54 receptions for 770 yards and five touchdowns ... All-Region Newcomer of the Year his sophomore campaign ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Tommy Kaiser ... also recruited heavily by Arizona, East Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and Tulsa, among others ... tremendous athlete who was a three-time All-District choice in basketball and a runner-up finisher in the high jump at regionals for track & field ... three-time Academic All-District pick and also made the Academic All-State team ... mother is Michelle Lambert and stepfather is Michael Lambert ... has four brothers and two sisters ... born 10/31/91 (Houston, Texas).

Jordan is an outstanding athlete. Out of all the wide receivers that we recruited, he probably plays the X position the best. He has unbelievable hands and great anticipation to go up and catch the high ball. He's very strong and physical. He fills an area of need for us as a big receiver, since we lost Jeff Moturi and Tufick Shadrawy from last year's team and will be losing Kris Adams next year. His hands are very dependable. He drops very few balls, and that was something we looked at in recruiting.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

DeAndre Little
LB, 6-3, 230, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. (Buena)

A three-star recruit according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... ranked a top-15 player at his position by Rivals and listed among the top-50 by Scouts ... rated among the top-70 inside linebackers by ESPN's Scouts Inc ... voted to the Southern Region 5A team three times, including receiving first team recognition in both 2008 and 2009 ... two-year captain for Buena HS, earning team MVP honors both seasons ... had a monstrous junior year (2008) with 135 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles on the way to being selected the Southern Region 5A Defensive Player of the Year ... first-team All-Region performer in both 2008 and 2009 ... tallied around 100 tackles as a senior ... three-year starter for head coach Kent Holland at Buena ... also heavily recruited by New Mexico ... son of Kendrick Little ... born 11/30/91 (Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.).

DeAndre brings a great mix of size and quickness to our defense and, in particular, the MIKE linebacker position. He is going to develop into a high-caliber linebacker and he possesses the leadership qualities that you like to see. He is fast, he moves well and he's very explosive with his hands, so he has the entire skill set that you look for in a MIKE linebacker. He also has the ability to move well in open spaces, which is something you don't always see. He will fit in well in this defense.
UTEP Linebackers Coach Robert Rodriguez

Nick Martin
OL, 6-5, 300, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)

Two-year starter at left tackle ... earned All-Baseline League and All-California Interscholastic Federation honors as a senior ... team posted a mark of 9-5 and won the league championship in 2009 ... also voted team MVP for his position ... voted the best offensive run and pass blocker at the LinemenInc camp in Long Beach, Calif. in July 2009 ... also heavily recruited by Florida International, San Jose State and UNLV ... good all-around athlete who has been a three-sport varsity letterwinner since his sophomore year ... advanced to CIF in both the shot put and discus ... took second place in the league for both of those events ... also competed in varsity wrestling for three years ... owns the power clean lift record for his school at 320 pounds ... son of Tim and Mary Martin ... has two sisters and one brother ... born 12/28/91 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).

Nick is another big, physical, athletic offensive tackle. We had a chance to get in on him because he started his high school career at a smaller school without a good football program before transferring to Los Osos and playing for a CIF championship. He is tough and, being 300 pounds, will be able to come in and add depth a little sooner than some other guys.
UTEP Associate Head Coach Bob Connelly

Anthony McGhee
WR, 5-11, 185, Dallas, Texas (North Garland)

Three-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... voted the 10-5A District Player of the Year in 2009 ... rushed for more than 1,300 yards in 2009 in leading North Garland HS to its first playoff appearance in five years ... also paced his team in receiving ... garnered second team All-District recognition as a junior ... three-year letterwinner and starter for coach David Farris ... chosen a top-100 area player by The Dallas Morning News ... also heavily recruited by Oklahoma State and TCU ... son of Hebeeba McGhee and Charles Curry ... has two brothers and sisters ... born 11/23/91 (Monroe, La.).

Anthony played gun run quarterback this year and got a chance to show off his leadership skills. We had him in camp and got the chance to see him in the playoffs. He really reminds me of Jeff Moturi as far as being of similar stature when he was a freshman. He is very explosive and great at running after the catch. He is going to play in the slot where we can depend on him.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Chad Moncure
DB, 6-0, 180, Houston, Texas (William B. Travis)

Three-star recruit and rated a top-75 player at his position according to Rivals.com ... listed as one of the top-150 safeties nationally according to ESPN's Scouts Inc ... two-year starter at William B. Travis HS who earned multiple awards as senior ... was a 23- 5A first-team All-District performer, first-team All-Fort Bend Harold Team selection and the defensive player of the year for his squad in 2009 ... was also the top kick returner statistically in the district ... tallied 73 tackles, including 57 of the solo variety ... credited with 15 pass break-ups, three tackles for loss and recovered a fumble ... had a big junior season with 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles ... also heavily recruited by Rice, Stanford, TCU and Texas A&M ... coached by Randy Cunningham ... boasts a cumulative 3.4 GPA ... has accumulated more than 40 hours of community service through a church program called Helping Hands ... compiled more than 20 hours of community service through involvement with the special education program Best Buddies ... son of Tim and Vickie Moncure ... has two brothers ... born 10/17/91 (Houston, Texas).

Chad is another guy that came to our camp. He has great cover skills on the field and he's an unbelievable tackler. He's just a really good football player. He stayed committed to us after SMU came in and offered a scholarship.
UTEP Cornerbacks Coach Allen Johnson

Aaron Morris
WR, 6-2, 175, Wylie, Texas (Wylie)

Played one year for head coach Bill Howard at Wylie HS, earning second team All-District 9-5A accolades ... made 35 catches for 672 yards (19.2 avg.) and six touchdowns ... considered by several publications to be a big-play threat ... selected player of the week by the Wylie News following a nine-catch, 170-yard performance against McKinney Boyd ... was his team's player of the game against Plano West thanks to four catches for 101 yards and a TD ... an athletically gifted player who possesses a huge upside, according to analysts ... is one of five seniors from Wylie HS to sign with an FBS program this year ... also heavily recruited by Arkansas State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech and UNLV ... involved with the year-round Wylie Christian Care program ... son of Allen and Danna Morris ... has three brothers and two sisters ... born 7/7/92 (Fort Worth, Texas).

Aaron is probably the most polished of all the receivers we recruited. He is a very explosive, very smooth route runner. He has extremely large hands and he's another guy who is very capable of catching the football. We look forward to having him on the field.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Devin Patterson
WR, 6-0, 180, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite)

Two-year starter and letterwinnner for coach Michael Robinson at North Mesquite HS ... posted 29 catches for 300 yards and three TDs as a senior ... selected honorable mention All-District 12-5A in 2009 ... served as team captain his senior season ... also heavily recruited by Colorado, Kansas and Missouri ... member of the National Honor Society ... involved in community service through his church... son of Lisa and Daymond Patterson ... has an older brother ... born 5/26/92 (Topeka, Kan.).

Devin is really smooth and reminds me of Greg Jennings, who I recruited at Western Michigan and is now with the Green Bay Packers. He plays effortlessly. He can get in and out of breaks better than any wide receiver we have had except maybe Jeff Moturi. I really look forward to him contributing as a freshman. The Kansas coaches had him in their camp and really raved about him.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Michael Pickett
DB, 6-1, 195, Cedar Park, Texas (Vista Ridge)

Two-year starter and letterwinner ... compiled 38 receptions for 400 yards and two TDs at wide receiver as a senior ... registered 95 tackles and two sacks as a junior ... tabbed second team All-District 16-5A in 2009 ... chosen the team's MVP among receivers ... elected the student paper player of the week on 10 occasions ... coached by Bill Wilder ... also heavily recruited by Baylor, Colorado State, Idaho, Texas A&M and Texas State ... four-year letterwinner with the track team ... competed in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, long jump and triple jump ... was the district champion in the long jump as a junior ... son of Anthony and Yolanda Pickett ... is an only child ... born 6/17/92 (Santa Monica, Calif.).

Michael was in our camp. He played quarterback, wide receiver and outside linebacker in high school. He is a multi-talented, multi-positional athlete. He scored touchdowns on offense and had a ton of tackles on defense. He can play one of several positions on defense for us.
UTEP Cornerbacks Coach Allen Johnson

Cameron Richards-Lee
DB, 6-2, 190, Dallas, Texas (Hillcrest)

Three-year starter and letterwinner at Hillcrest HS ... tallied 63 tackles with two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior ... also returned a kickoff for a touchdown ... registered 47 tackles, seven pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior ... two-time team captain for coach Andrew Todd ... ranked among the top-25 players at the Nike Combine ... voted MVP at the Mario Edwards camp ... named the best DB at the Next Level Athlete camp ... had the fastest 40-yard dash and shuttle times at the camps ... also heavily recruited by Kansas, Louisiana Monroe and Stephen F. Austin ... member of the National Honor Society ... president of the mentoring program at his high school ... on track to graduate in the top-10 percent of his class ... voted homecoming king as a senior ... has accumulated more than 75 hours of community service ... son of Carol Thomas ... has two older brothers ... born 2/28/92 (Dallas, Texas).

Cameron was an offensive player in high school and a defensive player in our camp. He has tremendous speed. He ran a sub-4.4 time in the 40 in our summer camp. He has great ball skills for a defensive player. We look at him being similar to Quintin Demps - an open field free safety who can play the football.
UTEP Cornerbacks Coach Allen Johnson

Traun Roberson
DB, 5-11, 180, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Two-year starter and letterwinner for coach Claude Mathis ... unanimous first team All-District 11-5A ... voted team MVP for the secondary position at DeSoto HS ... also recruited heavily by Air Force, Army, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, UNLV and Western Kentucky ... earned three letters with the track team ... is the defending district champion in the 100 meters, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... on track to graduate in the top-10 percent of his class ... sports a 3.96 cumulative GPA ... active member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church ... son of Shanta Plowden and Themotric Roberson ... his dad retired last year after serving in the Air Force for more than 20 years ... is an only child ... born 7/21/92 (Panama City, Fla.).

Traun is a really fast corner. He ran a 10.5 in the 100-meter dash. He's going to be another guy who can come in and be an impact player for us because of his speed and ball skills.
UTEP Cornerbacks Coach Allen Johnson

Blake Snider
OL, 6-6, 290, Frisco, Texas (Legacy Christian Academy)

A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... four-year starter at offensive tackle for coach Mike Hall ... also started three seasons at defensive tackle ... helped guide Legacy Christian Academy to state titles in 2008 and 2009 ... first-team All-District on offense/defense as both a junior and senior ... first-team All-State on offense/defense as a senior... voted the team's lineman of the year ... first-team All-State in the Rogers Recruiting Report ... earned second team All-State honors on defense and honorable mention on offense ... accounted for 23 knockdowns a game as an offensive lineman his senior year ... combined for 21 sacks and nine forced fumbles his junior and senior year ... also recruited heavily by Kansas, Oklahoma State, Rice, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt ... lettered four years in baseball and track & field ... Academic All-State honoree ... son of Pepper and Heather Snider ... has two brothers and one sister ... born 5/7/92 (Moore, Okla.).

Blake Snider is from Frisco Legacy Academy out of North Dallas. He is a kind of sleeper. Had he been in a 5A program, we would've had a hard time getting him, but since he played for a small private school he didn't get a lot of exposure. He's a tough kid who wrestled in high school. He's going to be a big physical addition at 6-6, 290 pounds. You can't coach that kind of size. He's going to play tackle since that's an area of need for us in the near future
UTEP Associate Head Coach Bob Connelly

Eric Tomlinson
TE, 6-6, 220, Klein, Texas (Klein)

Three-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... two-year starter and letterwinner for coach Stan Labay at Klein HS ... tabbed second team All-District 13-5A (defense) as both a junior and senior ... selected a top-100 area player by the Houston Chronicle ... also heavily recruited by Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane and Tulsa ... outstanding all-around athlete who was a three-year starter with the basketball team ... member of the National Honor Society ... participates in mission trips every summer with his church ... son of Suzy Tomlinson ... has one brother and one sister ... born 4/22/92 (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Eric has the prototype tight end body as far as possessing the size of Jamar Hunt and the same type of hands. He's pretty nifty as an athlete. He's just a great kid. We needed to find a tight end who could really run, block and catch the ball, and he has all of those qualities.
UTEP Assistant Head Coach Jeff Woodruff

Malcolm Trail
WR, 6-2, 175, Dallas, Texas (Life School Oak Cliff)

Three-year starter for coach Jeff Reitz at Life School Oak Cliff HS ... played receiver as a sophomore and quarterback his last two seasons ... three-time first team All-District 15-2A (once at wideout and twice at signal-caller) ... voted his team's offensive player of the year as both a sophomore and junior ... the senior award has not yet been announced ... in 2009 completed 135-of-235 passes for 2,069 yards with 18 TDs and just seven interceptions ... did not throw a pick in the first five games of the season ... his team rated first in offense in the Dallas/ Fort Worth region with about 480 yards per game ... he also rushed for more than 400 yards ... saw action at safety for three games ... in his only play as a receiver in 2009, he took a short slant and turned it into a 78-yard TD ... as a junior he connected on just under 60 percent of his passes for approximately 1,800 yards with 18 TDs ... also heavily recruited by Missouri ... four-year letterwinner in basketball, starting each season and earning first team All-State recognition as a junior ... also a three-year track & field letterwinner ... helped the 4x400 meter relay team advance to regionals ... on track to graduate in the top 10 of his class ... son of Nita Cole and Herman Trail ... is an only child ... born 2/20/92 (Dallas, Texas).

Malcolm is a player who was under the radar. He comes from a really small charter school in Dallas. He played quarterback and put up some outstanding numbers. We charted him on 32 balls and he didn't have one drop during a camp. He has a really good football IQ. He needs to develop physically but has great upside.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Darius Tubbs
WR, 6-4, 215, Houston, Texas (Humble)

A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... three-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... three-year starting receiver for head coach Walt Beasley at Humble HS ... was an All-District 21-5A performer in each of those seasons ... grabbed a spot on the first team following his junior season in which he had 34 catches for 461 yards and four TDs ... selected the team's offensive back of the year ... second team All-District honoree in 2009 with 21 receptions for a little more than 300 yards ... also passed for 120 yards and two TDs while rushing for two scores and 110 yards ... as a sophomore earned honorable mention All-District honors with 20 receptions for 263 yards ... selected a top-100 area player by the Houston Chronicle ... also heavily recruited by Arizona, Houston and Kansas ... also starred for the Humble basketball team, lettering four times and receiving second team All-District recognition as a sophomore ... is an active member of his church ... son of Myshanda Burgess and Darrick Tubbs ... has two brothers and a sister ... born 9/14/91 (Houston, Texas).

Physically, Darius was the best wide receiver I looked at on film. He is extremely explosive, extremely tall and lanky with outstanding speed. We look at him as being similar to Kris Adams. He will probably end up being a 210-pound wide receiver with 4.4 or 4.5 speed, and a great player in this league.
UTEP Wide Receivers Coach Guy Holliday

Dakota Warren
K/P, 5-11, 185, Austin, Texas (Cedar Park [Texas]/Ventura College)

Will have three years of eligibility at UTEP ... played one season with Henderson State before transferring to Ventura College ... redshirted at Ventura in 2009 ... handled both kickoffs and punts at HSU as a freshman ... punted 14 times for 531 yards (37.9 avg), with four downed inside the 20-yard line and two resulting in fair catches ... set a school and Gulf South Conference record with a 79-yard punt in his first career attempt ... also kicked off 18 times for 993 yards (55.2 average) ... three-year varsity starter for Cedar Park High School in Austin, Texas ... made six of eight field goal attempts ... was the top performer at a recent Chris Sailer Kicking camp in California ... also heavily recruited by Arizona, Texas Tech and West Virginia ... son of Maureen Pellegrino ... has one brother ... born 5/30/90 (Terrell, Texas).

Dakota is going to solve our kickoff problems. He has a tremendously strong leg on kickoffs. He was one of the top kickoff performers in the country in 2008 before redshirting last year. He will handle all three chores at UTEP - punting, field goals and kickoffs
UTEP Running Backs & Punters Coach Jeff Banks