The Texas State football team has 22 pledges for the 2018 class after receiving two commitments last weekend — San Antonio MacArthur quarterback Tyler Vitt and Fayetteville, Ark., defensive end Dotson Schaefer.
Vitt, a 6-foot-1, 202-pounder, is now the Bobcats’ highest-rated recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, with a .8215 grade and a three-star rating. In his senior season, Vitt threw for 2,508 yards and 25 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,037 yards and eight scores. He also has high numbers in the classroom.
“I wanted a coaching staff that wanted me around as much as I wanted to go play there,” Vitt said. “The team truly is a family, and they are building the program the right way. … Really cool atmosphere for a college campus and a big, growing school.”
Despite the high rating and impressive numbers, Vitt has only three other offers — from Dartmouth, Davidson and Texas A&M-Commerce.
“I definitely believe I could play at a lot of places that passed me over,” Vitt said. “I’ve worked hard through this process and believe it made me better.”
Schaefer, who is 6-4 and 230, has a two-star rating on 247Sports and received offers from Air Force, Army, Navy, Missouri State and Central Arkansas. He committed to Navy over the summer but he withdrew his pledge in September.
“Texas State offers a great education and has a beautiful campus,” Schaefer said. “I also felt like I clicked with the coaching staff, the facilities are great, and I like the scheme the defense runs. … Coaches are very knowledgeable of the game of football and very experienced at high levels.”
The Bobcats plan to use Schaefer primarily at defensive end but could also put him at tackle for their 3-4 scheme if he gains weight.
“We play a 4-2-5 at Fayetteville,” Schaefer said. “Even though they are different, there are lots of similarities in the defense I’ll be playing in at Texas State.”
Abilene Cooper linebacker Justin Wright withdrew his pledge to the Bobcats this week. Wright holds offers from Abilene Christian, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada and UTEP.
Five on Steele All-Sun Belt teams: Five Texas State players were named to Phil Steele’s 2017 Postseason All-Sun Belt Conference teams — tight end Gabe Schrade and offensive lineman Aaron Brewer on the second team and receiver Elijah King and linebackers Gabe Loyd and Frankie Griffin on the third team. All five players also received all-conference honors from the Sun Belt.
Alum donates $1 million: Richard Castro, a businessman in El Paso and a graduate of Texas State, donated $1 million to the university to support scholarships for student-athletes. The University Events Center club seating and adjacent multipurpose room will be renamed in his honor.