2010 UTEP Football Signee Bios
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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.
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.
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.
Tajh Fite is an athletic defensive end with great long speed. He was a tremendous playmaker in high school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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