Texas State notebook: Bobcats get 18th pledge for 2018 class


Stephenville receiver Blake Aragon became Texas State’s 18th pledge for the 2018 recruiting class when he committed to the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

“I just felt like it was a good fit for me and my family, and that they are the best team to utilize me as a player,” Aragon said. “When I was there, it really felt like a family atmosphere. They made it feel like home.”

Aragon, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound two-star recruit, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, had garnered interest from Houston, Baylor and SMU but held only one FBS offer, from the Bobcats; he had two offers in all, the other from Abilene Christian.

He said the Bobcats plan to play him at receiver his first year, then move him to tight end.

“So I’ll have to get my hand in the dirt a little bit,” he said.

Playing multiple positions is nothing new for Aragon. Stephenville, a Class 4A program, has taken full advantage of his versatility.

“In our offense, I’m all over the place,” he said. “I play tight end, slot sometimes and wideout. We throw the ball a lot, so it’s a really explosive offense. We’re under center maybe three times a game.”

Aragon is the second receiver who has pledged to the Bobcats, along with TJ Graham out of Mansfield Lake Ridge. Texas State also has one tight end who has committed, Corpus Christi Calallen’s Jackson Lanham. The rest of the 2018 pledges are five offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, three cornerbacks, two safeties and two outside linebackers.

Volleyball: The Bobcats extended their winning streak to six matches with a home win over TCU, their first win over the Horned Frogs since 2007.

Texas State improved to 14-7.

“This team has shown so much resilience and confidence during this winning streak,” Bobcats coach Karen Chisum said.

“I cannot say enough right now about Erin Hoppe. She is doing a great job of distributing the ball.”

Hoppe, a senior, got her first double-double of the season, registering 39 assists and tying her career high with 14 digs.

Two sophomores also led the Bobcats; Amy Pflughaupt and Megan Porter both recorded double-doubles — Pflughaupt with 18 digs and 10 kills, Porter with 14 kills and 13 digs.

The Bobcats will host three matches this weekend — UT-Arlington on Friday, then Georgia Southern and Georgia State on Saturday.

Soccer: After being off for one week, Texas State returned Sunday with a 3-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats (7-4-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) are now in second place in the conference standings, trailing South Alabama (7-4-1, 5-0). Texas State will go on the road this weekend to play Louisiana-Monroe on Friday (2-11-1, 2-4) and Arkansas-Little Rock (6-2-2, 1-2-2) on Sunday.



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