Texas State looking forward to hitting recruiting trail

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Texas State Football

Texas State head coach Everett Withers’ itinerary is already planned out. 

The Bobcats (2-9, 1-6 Sun Belt) leave on Thanksgiving to play Troy (8-2, 5-1) on Friday at 2 p.m. inside Veterans Memorial Stadium. After Texas State concludes its 2017 campaign, Withers will return on Saturday to prepare for his first in-home recruiting visit on Sunday.

Without a game scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, the Bobcats have an opportunity to jump onto the recruiting trail as soon as the season is over with the early signing day period quickly approaching on Dec. 20. “It’s going to be fast and furious for the next week or so,” Withers said at his weekly Monday press conference. 

“It’ll be significant to be out and be going next week because there’s really three weeks that you can,” Withers said. “Like I said, like 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 real important also.”

Before the Bobcats can hit the recruiting trail, they’ll face another top-Sun Belt opponent on Friday. Troy enters Friday’s contest with an 8-2 record, which includes a win over LSU, and it’s in a four-way, first-place conference tie.

“(Troy) can run the ball. They can stop the run, and when you load the box they can complete it because they have an experienced quarterback (Brandon Silvers),” Withers said. “You look at the teams in this league, everybody’s got a triggerman, usually a pretty good run game and usually can stop the run when you look at the top teams.” 

Once Friday’s game ends, Withers will hold a team meeting Sunday before making his first in-home visit. 

Withers said he wants to see improvement in all areas: skill players, offensive and defensive lines and in special teams when the Bobcats complete the 2018 signing class.

“We want to get more skill guys on our team,” Withers said. “Guys that can make plays both in the secondary and at wide receiver that was the big challenge. We’ve been down numbers there since we got here with not only bodies but actual guys that can make plays at both positions.” 

Withers added that he’s not holding his breath as the early signing day arrives. This will be his second full-recruiting cycle, and he says it takes more than two cycles to fix a program. But with a strong finish, Withers believes the Bobcats will be well on their way. 

“If you’ve done your homework, the kids that understand what recruiting is about,” Withers said. “It’s about relationships and not about the shiny car that shows up. If we do our job and do what we need to do, we’ll sign a good class. If we sign all those guys, it’ll be probably a, I would say, better class than we signed last year.”

Injury Report 

Withers announced injuries during his weekly press conference. 

Junior defensive tackle Sami Awad has an AC sprain in his shoulder, which limited him Monday but Withers expected him to return to practice Tuesday. Redshirt freshman linebacker Markeveon Coleman, who plays on special teams, is also limited by an AC strain. 

Junior defensive tackle Grant Lanza sprained his knee during practice last week and is questionable this week. 

Freshman Nic Foster is in concussion protocol after sustaining a concussion against Georgia State on Nov. 11. 

Senior defensive end Jeff Banks, sophomore defensive tackle Dean Taylor and freshman defensive tackle Caeveon Patton are all out this week. 

“You get into week 13 of your season and this is kind of what it looks like,” Withers said. 

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