With another National Signing Day in the books, it’s time to take a look at Texas State’s 2013 crop.
- Head coach Dennis Franchione easily brought in one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. Pundits rated the Bobcats’ class as high as 60th in the nation (ESPN) and eight, 3-star recruits signed (as rated by Rivals).
- Texas State attacked its needs head-on: defensive back and tight end. After graduation left the cupboard nearly bare at each position, the Bobcats reloaded with seven defensive backs and four tight ends. Of those defensive backs, four transferred in from junior colleges and could make an immediate impact: the same goes for three tight ends.
- Franchione made a statement in signing 11 JUCO athletes. He doesn’t want Texas State to wait a few years to compete for a championship in the Sun Belt Conference. Franchione expects the Bobcats to win now.
- Coaches have high hopes for Stephenville quarterback Tyler Jones. Franchione said, unprompted, that he feels Jones could come in right away and compete for a starting job. Confidence waned in soon-to-be senior Tyler Arndt’s favor and it looks to be a three-horse race for the starting job in the fall: senior Duke DeLancellotti, Jones and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore. DeLancellotti and Moore should have leg up on Jones, as they’ll have spring ball too.
- Texas State struggled to break down the pocket last year, so Franchione signed a few playmakers on the defensive line to help out in the future. Expect Jeff Banks, Karee’ Berry and Kingsley Ike to redshirt (unless Ike is granted a waiver after transferring from Purdue) and Marcus Dallas, Jr. to be in the mix for a starting job.
- Impressed with what I see of C.J. Best and Jamel James. Best is a shifty burner and James is a brutal downhill runner.
What are your thoughts on the 2013 signing class?