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Texas State notebook: Bobcats get 20th commitment for 2017

This may be a losing season on the field for Texas State, but the recruiting trail has been very fruitful for the Bobcats, who nabbed their 20th commitment this week from junior college defensive end Sami Awad.

Awad (6-2, 295), a 2-star prospect according to 247Sports’ composite ratings, is the first junior college pledge for the Bobcats’ 2017 class. He holds offers from Northern Colorado, Arkansas State and Arkansas Pine Bluff. Iowa State also has shown some interest.

“I really like the coaching staff and what coach Withers is about,” Awad said. “There is a feeling that the program is going to change. I like the way (defensive line coach Antoine Smith) coaches; they just made me feel like family.”

Although Awad has played mostly defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme at Trinity Valley the past two years, he is being recruited to play nose tackle and said he has done so before in a 3-4 defense, similar to what Texas State runs.

Sophomore wide receiver Mason Hays played an integral part in recruiting Awad; they were former teammates at Trinity Valley.

“(Hays) is a great kid,” Awad said. “He was a leader at Trinity Valley, pretty sure he’s a leader at Texas State. We actually talked a lot throughout the recruiting process. He was a big part in getting me to come down there.”

Awad is expected to sign in February ahead of graduating from Trinity Valley in May, then join the Bobcats in the summer. He’ll have two years of eligibility left.

Pearson flirts with triple-double: Before the men’s basketball season started, head coach Kanny Kaspar raved about incoming freshman guard Nijal Pearson, calling him one of the best prospects he’s ever recruited.

Six games into the season, its obvious Kaspar wasn’t overhyping the freshman.

Pearson has started all six games at shooting gaurd, averaging 15 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.8 minutes per game. Arguably his best game came Tuesday night in a 80-68 win over McNeese State (2-4) in which he had 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes.

Senior forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury has started the season hot as well, starting all six games and averaging 18.8 points per game to lead the Bobcats (3-3).

Women face UTSA: After the men’s basketball team fell to UTSA (2-4) 63-48 last Friday night, it’s now the women’s turn. They faced the Roadrunners in San Antonio on Friday night.

A 61-56 win over Houston last week put the Bobcats back above .500 at 3-2, which was the first game in their three-game road trip. After UTSA, the Bobcats will travel to Waco and play the Baylor Bears (7-1).

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