Texas State added five players on national signing day to the 18 that signed in the early period in December.
Head coach Everett Withers, who is entering his third season, feels the Bobcats may not be finished.
“I would say this up front, we’re probably not done,” Withers said. “There could be two, three, five left that we sign between now and the time we kick it off in September.
“We signed 18 guys in December and it allowed us to really hone in on those. When you’re at a Group of Five school, you have to babysit the month of January because the Power Five schools come in and poach your guys the last two weeks of recruiting.”
Withers came through on the promise soon after his press conference.
A few hours after announcing that Lufkin defensive end JaCourtney Calvin, Naaman Forest defensive lineman Nico Ezidore, Yoakum defensive back Isaac Pope and Flower Mound punter Clayton Stewart had signed, Texas State announced the signing of three-star safety Tyrese Heard from Teague.
Heard held close to 14 offers, including Mississippi State, Oregon, Washington State, Missouri, Tulsa and Houston. He said he chose Texas State because, “the team and coaching staff made me feel at home and believed in me when others didn’t.”
With Heard, the Bobcats signed eight 3-star prospects – Heights receiver Jacoby Hopkins, Fort Bent Travis outside linebacker Jake Lynch, MacArthur quarterback Tyler Vitt, Cypress Creek safety Ladarius Anthony, Lake Ridge receiver TJ Graham, Bowie safety Pierce Withers and Stephenville receiver Blake Aragon.
Heard isn’t the only signee to spurn offers from other big schools. Ezidore recently flipped his commitment from Houston before signing with Texas State today. A 2-star recruit, Ezidore also held offers from UT-San Antonio, Tulsa, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern and Missouri State.
Ezidore and Calvin give the Bobcats four defensive linemen signed along with two December signees, Fayetteville defensive end Dotson Schaefer and Lynch, who will move from linebacker to end. They also signed Archbishop Hannan defensive end Seth Caillouet in December, but he will play tight end at Texas State.
The Bobcats also signed four offensive linemen in December – Jalen Momerelle out of Manvel, Kylar Cooks out of Liberty-Eylau, Miles Macadory out of Sachese and Morgan Moore from Midwest City.
The Bobcats class includes six defensive backs: West Orange Stark corner Jarron Morris, Allen safety CJ Johnson, Heard, Pope, Withers and Anthony. After being the only FBS team to not register an interception on defense last season, Withers said it was a position of need.
“We wanted, in the defensive backfield, to get more athletic back there,” Withers said. “That was something we had to do. I told the staff this morning that I had never been around zero interceptions in my life. I’ve been in a secondary that owns the record for interceptions by DB’s. Now I’m a part of one that didn’t get any.”
TEXAS STATE’S CLASS
WR;Jacoby Hopkins;6-0/191;Houston Heights
OLB;Jake Lynch;6-5/211;Fort Bend Travis
QB;Tyler Vitt;6-1/202;San Antonio MacArthur
S;Ladarius Anthony;6-1/170;Houston Cypress Creek
WR;TJ Graham;6-1/177;Mansfield Lake Ridge
S;Pierce Withers;5-11/180;Austin Bowie
WR;Jahmarae Sheread;5-7/160;Hou. Cypress Springs
TE;Jackson Lanam;6-4/215;Corpus Christi Calallen
CB;Jarron Morris;5-8/150;West Orange-Stark
DT;Nico Ezidore;6-1/280;Garland Naaman Forest
OT;Kylar Cooks;6-5/255;Texarkana Liberty-Eylau
OT;Miles Macadory;6-6/290;Garland Sachse
OT;Morgan Moore;6-5/280;Okla. City Midwest City
DE;Dotson Schaefer;6-4/230;Fayetteville, Ark.
DE;Seth Caillouet;6-3/225;Covington (La.) Hannon
K;Clayton Stewart;6-3/175;Flower Mound