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Texas State receives pledge from Abilene Cooper linebacker

Abilene Cooper linebacker Justin Wright recently became the 17th pledge to Texas State’s 2018 recruiting class. A two-star prospect, according to 247 Sports, Wright also has scholarship offers from Nevada, Louisiana-Monroe, Abilene Christian, UTEP and Incarnate Word.

“I took a visit there about a month ago, and I was in love when I saw it,” Wright said of Texas State. “It was just awesome. It has that South Texas feel. A bunch of nice people, everyone was just making conversation with me. I’m a very talkative person when you get around me, so I kind of liked that.”

A family connection to Texas State also played a role in Wright’s decision.

“My family has always loved Texas State,” Wright said. “My sister is actually going there this year. It’s close enough where they can come visit and see my games. They just love the San Marcos and the New Braunfels area.”

At 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds, Wright plays outside linebacker in Cooper’s 3-4 defense — similar to the scheme used by the Bobcats — but Texas State coaches plan to play him at both inside and outside linebacker.

Wright became the first linebacker — and the ninth defensive player — to pledge to the Bobcats. Along with Wright, Texas State’s commitments include West Orange-Stark cornerback Jarron Morris, who backed away from a commitment to SMU to pledge to the Bobcats.

Men’s basketball roster revamped: In the same week that incoming center Petar Radojicic left the team, the Bobcats added another player, signing Cinco Ranch power forward Alonzo Sule.

The 6-7, 200-pound Sule averaged 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over two varsity seasons at Cinco Ranch. Before playing at Cinco Ranch, Sule lived overseas for three years and didn’t play basketball in a competitive league.

With other scholarship offers from UT Rio Grande Valley, Southeast Missouri State and Southeastern Louisiana, Sule opted to sign with the Bobcats.

“Texas State was recruiting me earlier, but they never really offered,” Sule said. “After the head coach (Danny Kaspar) got to actually see me play in the July live period, Coach Kaspar told me they needed to get me.”

Sule primarily played power forward in high school, but he said the Bobcats are going to use him at multiple positions.

“Power forward, center. They think that I’m very versatile,” Sule said. “They think they can use my athleticism to be a 5 and then the way I move and my skill set can be used as a 4. They told me that at Texas State the 4s are more like 3s.”

Radojicic had signed with Texas State in May. A native of Serbia, he played at Lamar State College-Port Arthur for three seasons, averaging 16 points and 10.2 rebounds last season.

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