Recruiting heats up for Bobcats as early-signing day inches closer

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Texas State Football

This year’s early-signing day on Dec. 20  is under a week away and the Bobcats are hoping to sign most of their 2018 class. 

Head coach Everett Withers said at his final Monday press conference of the season on Nov. 20 that he’d like to have his 2018 recruiting class signed on the early signing day, so Texas State can get a jump start on the 2019 recruiting cycle. 

“Most schools I’ve talked to, everybody wants to get that class signed (in December) so you can start either taking one or two scholarships left and go maybe take a shot at some big-time guys or sign your class and go start working on that next one because that’s going to be real important also,” Withers said on Nov. 20. 

So how many recruits does Texas State have committed for the 2018 class as Dec. 20 approaches? The Bobcats currently have 23 commits. 

Here’s who’s committed to Texas State (all rankings according to 247Sports): 3-star quarterback Tyler Vitt, 3-star linebacker Jake Lynch, 3-star safety Ladarius Anthony, 3-star wide receiver TJ Graham, 3-star safety Pierce Withers, 3-star wide receiver Blake Aragon, 3-star cornerback Jarron Morris, 3-star wide receiver August Pitre, 2-star offensive tackle Jalen Momerelle, 2-star wide receiver Jahmarae Sheread, 2-star linebacker Justin Wright, 2-star tight end Jackson Lanam, 2-star safety Brandon Johnson, 2-star offensive tackles Kylar Cooks, Miles Macadory, Morgan Moore and Petyon Fifield. Also committed to the Bobcats: 2-star defensive end Dotson Schaefer, 2-star defensive tackle Nathalohn Nanai, 2-star cornerback Taj Bickham, 2-star defensive end Seth Caillouet, 2-star kicker Chris Kessler and 2-star safety CJ Johnson. 

Texas State’s class is currently ranked No. 87 in the nation per 247Sports and is rated the second-best in the Sun Belt only behind Appalachian State. Vitt is the highest rated commit, while Schaefer is the newest commit - He made his announcement Monday.

The 2018 class will be Withers' second full recruiting class and he said in November that it takes more than two cycles to fix a program. But Withers is confident this class will help the Bobcats going forward. 

“It usually takes two or three cycles to fix it," Withers said. "But we feel like we’ll be on our way if we can finish the way we need to finish with this class.”

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