Commit #10 – ILB Jens Jeters (Pierce JUCO)
I was a bit surprised to not see a commit come out this weekend with so many visitors on campus. Turns out this was a good thing, as the top defensive recruit on campus just needed some time to talk things over with his parents before pulling the trigger. Wise move, young man. Jeters is an overwhelmingly athletic linebacker that replaced Brandon Reeves at L.A. Pierce Junior College, earning first team All-Pacific Conference along the way. Jens will be Reeve’s heir at a second school now after choosing UTSA over an offer from New Mexico. While the similarity with Reeves is uncanny, Jeters actually plays much more like Kurfehs. They have similar size and both can range the gridiron with fleeting speed while having the strength to deliver some crushing hits to ball carriers. Jeters lacked offers coming out of high school in Simi Valley, CA due to a lack of size. In two years he’s grown an inch or two and packed on a muscular 20 pounds. I do think Jeters will end up starting at linebacker with Terry continuing to serve as an extremely dependable and productive reserve. Being a mid-year transfer will allow Jeters to get on campus and learn the defense and get adjusted to the program before the grind of fall camp starts.
After flying out to visit with Jens and his family, Coach Coker also met with Pierce defensive tackle Rusmin Nikocevic. According to IRS, Rusmin is working hard to be eligible to be a mid-year transfer. If Nikocevic pulls it off and is able to earn an offer from UTSA, I’m certain he’d take it. Nikocevic is seemingly very close with Jeters and doesn’t hold any other DI offers at this time, to my knowledge. Nikocevic would be a great replacement for Franky Anaya (spotting a recurring theme here?) and is an absolute monster against the run. Nikocevic has the frame, as he’s listed at 6’3″, 300 pounds on Pierce’s roster. The towering defensive tackle is extremely strong and has lengthy arms that he does a terrific job with to separate from blockers. Nikocevic is also extremely active away from the ball and is quick to move down the line of scrimmage. If Coker lands both of these kids then the UTSA defense could be one of the top in Conference USA.
Let’s take a minute to review what UTSA will be gaining on defense this offseason BEFORE the current recruiting class makes it to campus: Bennett Okotcha (Oklahoma), Robert Singletary (Baylor), Jalen James (Redshirt), Tre Rosser (Redshirt), Sal Martinez (Redshirt). Depth and special teams are sharply improving before anyone even signs a LOI.
2013 UTSA Football Commits
1.) Aron Taylor WR – Warren HS (6’2”, 195, 4.4)
2.) Nkeal Bailey CB – Princeton HS (6’1”, 160, 4.38)
3.) Kenneth O’Neal LB – South Grand Prairie HS (6’2”, 212, 4.5)
4.) Michael Egwuagu LB – Pfluegerville Connally HS (6’1”, 195, 4.6)
5.) Dondre Dobbins SS – Scotlandville HS [LA] (6’0”, 190, 4.6)
6.) Justin Chavez ATH – Irving MacArthur (5’11”, 185, 4.4)
7.) Breyun Owens OL – South Grand Prairie HS (6’3, 315)
8.) Marco Curry LB – Stony Point HS (5’11”, 215, 4.52)
9.) Austin Robinson QB – Houston Episcopal (6’4″, 210, 4.6)
10.) Jens Jeters LB – LA Pierce JC (6’2”, 240, 4.5)
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter