2018 recruiting class bolsters Bobcats

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Texas State Football

Everett Withers is anxious to have the 23 signees in the 2018 recruiting class step foot on campus. 

The Texas State head coach, who’s entering his third year at the helm, believes this year’s class may be better than the 2017 class, which was ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt. 

The Bobcats won’t hit the 85-scholarship limit when they take the field in the fall, but this class gets them closer at 74. More importantly this class brings in increased talent on both sides of the ball. 

Texas State knew it needed to bolster its offensive and defensive lines. Texas State signed four offensive lineman: Miles Macadory (Sachse/Sachse High School), offensive lineman Jalen Momerelle (Manvel/Manvel High School), offensive lineman Kylar Cooks (Texarkana/Liberty-Eylau High School) and Morgan Moore (Oklahoma City/Midwest City High School). 

“I feel like we’re trying to upgrade our offensive line talent,” Withers said. “This class’ offensive line talent is really remarkable for Texas State. Long group of kids. Athletic group of kids. We feel like we’re more athletic than any point in time we’ve been here.” 

The Bobcats also added four defensive lineman: defensive end Dotson Schaefer (Fayetteville, Arkansas/Fayetteville High School), defensive tackle Nico Ezidore (Garland/Naaman Forest High School), defensive end Jacourtney Calvin (Lufkin/Lufkin High School) and Jake Lynch (Richmond/Fort Bend Travis High School).

“Four d-linemen, which we need to continue to upgrade our d-line,” Withers said. “The thing I like about our d-line, I think we got longer. I think we got more athletic. I think our shortest size is 6’1,” 280 (pounds), the rest of them are 6’3,” 6’4,” guys. I think we got more athletic there, so I’m really excited about that.”

Withers is excited to bring in quarterback Tyler Vitt into the program, who he expects to make an immediate impact. 

“(Vitt has) got that ‘It,’” Withers said. “He’s got that leader stuff that you don’t teach. The day he walks on this campus, he’ll be in the rotation trying to compete for a job, and I’m saying that I just feel that from the kid. I just feel that from the kid. The day he walks in here, the guys that have been here better be on point everyday because I think he’ll compete with them.”

Texas State added needed talent at wide receiver with Jacoby Hopkins (Houston/ Heights High School), TJ Graham (Mansfield/Lake Ridge High School), Blake Aragon (Stephenville/Stephenville High School) and Jah’Marae Sheread (Cypress/Cypress Springs High School). 

“Now it makes us really young in that (wide receiver) room but really talented wide receivers,” Withers said. 

On defense, Texas State addressed its needs in the secondary. After failing to record an interception, the Bobcats brought in talented safeties and defensive backs to help remedy its secondary issues. 

Texas State added a surprise signing in three-star safety Tyrese Heard (Teague/Teague High School), who held offers from Oregon, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri among others. The Bobcats also added Pierce Withers (Austin/Bowie High School), Jarron Morris (Orange/West Orange-Stark) and C.J. Johnson (Allen/Allen High School).

“We wanted, in the defensive backfield, to get more athletic back there,” Withers said. “That was something we had to do. I told the staff this morning, ‘I’ve never been around zero interceptions in my life.’ I’ve been on a secondary that owns a record for (defensive back) interceptions. Now, I’m a part of one that didn’t get any. So, I’ve never been around that in my life. We got to get more athletic and more ball-skills back there.”

Texas State also addressed its special teams with two-star kickers Clayton Stewart (Flower Mound/Flower Mound High School) and Chris Kessler (Longview/Longview High School).

Although the class is ranked No. 103 in the country according to 247Sports, Texas State is bringing in talent and depth to help it improve from its back-to-back two-win seasons. 

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