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College Football: Verbal commits coming in

Slowly, but surely, verbal commitments for the upcoming signing class have rolled in for Texas State.

With the latest addition of DeSoto wide receiver Brandon McDowell, seven soon-to-be seniors said they will sign with the Bobcats come Feb. 6, 2013. McDowell, who is coached by Texas State’s all-time leading rusher Claude Mathis, is the second wide receiver to commit. Stephenville’s Brice Gunter was the first.

Along with Gunter and McDowell, the Bobcats have landed two offensive linemen (Jackson Hoskins and Wylie Reinhardt), a tight end (Lucas Askew), an athlete (Easy Anyama) and a quarterback (Tyler Jones, who is Gunter’s teammate).

To wit, out of the seven verbal commits so far, only McDowell comes from a Class 5A program. Three play for Class 3A programs (Anyama, Gunter, Jones), while two are in 4A (Hoskins, Reinhardt) and Askew is the lone 2A player.

Gunter and Jones were both named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2012 Preseason All-State for Class 3A.

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College Football: Bobcats lose Imade

As was first reported by Brent Thibodeaux of BobcatReport.com, Texas State learned Friday that it will be without sophomore running back Dexter Imade in 2011. Imade suffered a torn ACL in practice earlier this week.

Even though Imade can’t get a typical redshirt — since he already burned it in 2009 — the sophomore could file for a medical redshirt.

With the loss of Imade, the Bobcats can finally test the depth they have at running back. Right now, the only running backs with “experience” are junior Marcus Curry and freshman Terrence Franks. Both didn’t play in 2010.

Unless Texas State moves some bodies around, one of the squad’s true freshmen running backs — Tim Gay or Chris Nutall — need to step up. Nutall got reps with the first team at practice this morning.

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College Football: Getting to know Will Johnson

Texas State struggled in its kicking game last season, to put it lightly. The Bobcats suffered through Justin Garelick’s inaccuracy — which was later tied to an unknown injury that caused Garelick to hang up his cleats early — and couldn’t get proper distance on kickoffs, no matter who they used.

Well, Texas State hopes those days are in the past now that Will Johnson joined the team. Johnson, a freshman out of Bryan-Rudder High, consistently put the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs and once he got used to his holder/snapper, began to split the uprights regularly.

Here is what Johnson had to say about his talents and the upcoming season.

 

Additional reading from Tuesday’s San Marcos Daily RecordCollege Football: Texas State paying extra attention to special teams

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College Football: Recruiting update on Wimberley RB Dennis Smith

Spoke with Wimberley senior running back Dennis Smith after the Texans held a tri-scrimmage with Lehman and Marble Falls.

Smith said he has been offered a scholarship by Texas State. Where do the Bobcats fall on Smith’s master list?

“Probably about sixth or seventh,” Smith said. “Colorado, Wake Forest and North Texas are my top three.”

Smith originally committed to Texas A&M as a sophomore, but the Aggies pulled the offer following Smith’s tumultuous 2010. Last season, Smith dominated opposing defenses in the first five games, averaging more than 150 yards on the ground per night while reaching the end zone 17 times. Smith broke his foot in the sixth game of the season, leading to a few problems off the field, but rejoined the team in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Smith said he will finalize his decision at the end of the season.

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