Bobcats ink 23 in 2018 recruiting class

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Texas State Football: National Signing Day 2018

Texas State closed out national signing day 2018 with 23 signees.

The Bobcats had 18 players sign during December’s early signing day. Texas State added five more to its 2018 recruiting class, including a surprise signing from three-star defensive back Tyrese Heard (Teague/Teague High School), who is tied for the highest rated recruit per 247 Sports’ composite rankings. Heard had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington State.

The Bobcats also might not be done signing players.

“We’re really excited about the 22 guys,” head coach Everett Withers said at his signing day press conference before the Bobcats announced Heard’s signing. “We may get another one, two, three here as we move forward past February the seventh. We’re excited about the 22 we have. We’ll add to last year’s class, which we felt like was a really, really good class. I think this is just as good a class, I hate to say it, but maybe it’s better than last year’s class. So, I’m excited about it. Kind of anxious to get these guys here.”

Texas State’s four additional national-signing-day signees were two-star defensive tackle Nico Ezidore (Garland/Naaman Forest High School), two-star athlete Isaac Pope (Yoakum/Yoakum High School), two-star defensive end Jacourtney Calvin (Lufkin/Lufkin High School) and two-star kicker Clayton Stewart (Flower Mound/Flower Mound High School).

The Bobcats, however, didn’t receive a national letter of intent from two-star cornerback Taj Bickman (Allen/Allen High School), who committed to Texas State on June 24, 2017.

Texas State’s 18 December signees featured seven three-star athletes: Wide receiver Jacoby Hopkins,  quarterback Tyler Vitt (San Antonio/MacArthur High School), outside linebacker Jake Lynch (Richmond/Fort Bend Travis High School), safety Ladarius Anthony (Houston/Cypress Creek High School), wide receiver TJ Graham (Mansfield/Lake Ridge High School), safety/defensive back Pierce Withers (Austin/Bowie High School) and wide receiver Blake Aragon (Stephenville/Stephenville High School).

The Bobcats had 11 two-star players sign during the early signing day: Defensive back Jarron Morris (Orange/West Orange-Stark), wide receiver Jah’Marae Sheread (Cypress/Cypress Springs High School), 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), safety/defensive back C.J. Johnson (Allen/Allen High School), tight end Jackson Lanam (Corpus Christi/Calallen High School), defensive end Dotson Schaefer (Fayetteville, Arkansas/Fayetteville High School), tight end Seth Caillouet (Covington, Louisiana/Archbishop Hannan High School), offensive lineman Morgan Moore (Oklahoma City/Midwest City High School) and kicker Chris Kessler (Longview/Longview High School).

Texas State’s recruiting class is ranked No. 103 in the country and No. 5 in the Sun Belt, according to 247Sports.

Withers said Texas State will currently enter the 2018 season with 74 scholarship players, which is 11 under the 85-scholarship limit. But this year’s class adds important depth for the Bobcats.

“(The 2018 class) will help us,” Withers said. “We signed eight offensive linemen in the last two classes - All those guys will get a chance to be in the two-deep (depth chart) this year. So, we’re getting closer. I think the emphasis with four offensive lineman and four defensive lineman was big for us this year, and athleticism, not just big guys. You can sign 6’3,” 290 (pound) guys that can’t move and there are some of those guys out there, but we did a good job, I thought coach (Eric) Mateos, and coach (Isaac) Mooring did a good, and our offensive and defensive staffs of finding the guys that fit what we want to do.”

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