Recruiting Catch Up
Forgive the delay, but I am going to play catch up in this post as UTSA has garnered three new commitments for the 2015 class in the past two weeks. All three commitments come on the offensive side of the ball as UTSA still hasn’t secured a commitment for the defense where few scholarship offers have gone out. With these three commitments in the books, UTSA is nearly done recruiting at offensive skilled positions for the 2015 class.
Commitment #6: Jess Anders RB – Aledo HS
Superlatives: 1521 yards on 179 carries (8.5 YPC), 35 rushing TDs. 470 yards on 19 receptions (24.7 YPC), five receiving TDs. UIL 4A Division II state champion. Helped to set national high school scoring record. Second team Class 4A Region I TexasHSFootball.com Elite Team.
My Take: Anders is the third running back UTSA will take in this cycle and he is clearly the most accomplished. While Hopkins is a bruiser and Guidry is a slash-and-burn type of change of pace back, Anders is more of the mold to be on the field during any down/distance situation. Jess is a very patient runner with excellent vision; his ability to trust in his blockers was a key component in Aledo’s march to domination in 2013. Anders’ gaudy stats may be a bit inflated due to the questionable strength of Aledo’s schedule but his ability to make defenders miss and accelerate out of cuts will translate well to the next level if Jess is able to add muscle.
Position Recruiting Moving Forward: With three commitments of varying skill sets, UTSA should be done here unless someone decommits.
Commitment #7: Manny Harris QB – Copperas Cove HS
Superlatives: 3,775 passing yards (62%) on 454 attempts. 503 rushing yards. Surpassed Robert Griffin III’s school records for most passing yards in a game and single season. Killeen Daily Herald’s 2013 All-Area MVP. 8-5A District MVP.
My Take: Harris was UTSA’s top target at quarterback. It’s impressive that they were able to secure a commitment before the summer began. With a strong arm and excellent pocket presence, Manny shows veteran composure under pressure. Harris isn’t quite the runner that other UTSA guys like Bogenschutz or Soza are/were so it will be interesting to see how Coach Brown’s offense changes to fit Harris, if at all. After breaking a couple of records previously held by Robert Griffin III, Harris drew significant attention from recruiters but only received scholarship offers from UTSA and Texas State. I am of the belief that Harris’ 6’0″ stature will prevent him from receiving offers from more prestigious programs.
Position Recruiting Moving Forward: Hard to say. It’s almost certain that UTSA will take at least one more quarterback in this cycle but I’m not sure if it will be another high school prospect or a JUCO guy. Or both. I would personally offer Jaylon Henderson in order to have a true dual-threat athlete at quarterback in case the staff decides to stick with the option-heavy pistol offense they have run in recent years.
Commitment #8: Peyton Hall WR – Brandeis HS
Superlatives: 19 receptions for 584 yards and eight receiving touchdowns. 3.83 GPA.
My Take: Hall is a great receiver that hasn’t had his opportunity to shine yet due to being stuck behind an awesome Brandeis receiving corp that has since graduated. UTSA did a fantastic job of evaluating and offering Hall early since he’s a prime candidate to emerge as one of the city’s top receivers in his senior season. Peyton’s speed is impressive but I particularly love his ability to create space out of cuts. Hall’s precision with his feet makes him extremely dangerous on double moves. Despite his young age, Hall shows impressive ball skills and body control. Keep an eye out for Peyton to garner a few more offers besides UTSA and Texas State around October.
Position Recruiting Moving Forward: With Quan Shorts and Treveon Hamilton on board, UTSA will likely only be in the market for one more slot receiver with the ability to play multiple positions. Billy McCrary is the dream target here but his jaw-dropping performance at the Nike SPARQ combine likely has him in line for some major offers. UTSA still has standing offers out to a pair of local quarterbacks (LG Williams at Steele and Da’Shawn Key at Brennan) that could easily slide into this role if they decide to become Roadrunners.
UTSA Class of 2015 Commitments
1.) Furquan Shorts WR – Atascocita HS (6’2”, 190, 4.47)
2.) D’Anthony Hopkins RB/ATH – Cuero HS (6’2”, 220)
3.) Treveon Hamilton WR – Atascocita HS (6’4”, 197)
4.) Matt Guidry RB – Clear Springs HS (5’9”, 160, 4.63)
5.) Alex Snow OL – Clear Lake HS (6’3”, 280)
6.) Jess Anders RB – Aledo HS (5’9”, 174, 4.5)
7.) Manny Harris QB – Copperas Cove HS (6’0”, 225, 4.7)
8.) Peyton Hall WR – Brandeis HS (6’0”, 179, 4.48)
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