Texas State gains two more pledges for 2019 class


Texas State added two more pledges to its 2019 recruiting class, bringing the total number of commitments to 13.

Belton defensive end Devin Martinez announced his pledge Monday, which was followed with a pledge from offensive guard Zach Hayes from Jonesboro, Ga. on Wednesday.

“Texas State feels like a family,” Martinez said. “I visited and everyone seems nice. They care about you as a person and your future.”

The Bobcats offered Martinez at a camp in in San Marcos in June.

Texas State is currently Martinez’s only offer. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Martinez is a 2-star recruit on 247 Sports composite ratings.

He is the fourth defensive lineman to pledge along with Cedar Ridge end Edgerrin Williams, La Porte tackle Devin Henderson and West Rusk tackle Darius Richardson.

Hayes, a 3-star recruit, committed on his 17th birthday, turning away offers from Kent State, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Southern University, Southeastern Missouri State, Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina.

A chance to compete as a freshman and a strong relationship with offensive line coach Eric Mateos helped cement Hayes’s decision to pick the Bobcats.

“Mateos is my guy,” Hayes said. “He’s a younger guy who knows a lot about the game and I think he can get me to be successful on Saturdays. He’s a family oriented guy and knows how to talk to people.”

Hayes is the seventh player to choose the Bobcats after attending the “Party in the Park” recruiting event. The 6-3.5, 315 pound Hayes said the Bobcats are looking to play him at guard so the he can “wreak havoc” in the interior along with current Texas State center Aaron Brewer, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection.

“It was great. I got to hang with the team and coaches on a smaller scale than my unofficial (visit),” Hayes said. “Also got to float the river through campus for the first time. I had an overall great experience.”

Hayes is the third offensive lineman to pledge to the Bobcats, along with Smithson Valley guard Ronald Copney and Southwood (Louisiana) guard Christian Robinson. He is now the second highest recruit for the Bobcats on 247 Sports, behind Allen running back Andrew Henry.

CW-Austin to air Texas State games: Texas State and Austin NBC affiliate KXAN-TV announced that five of the six Texas State home games this season will be aired locally on CW Austin.

The games scheduled are Texas Southern on Sept. 8, UL-Lafayette on Oct. 6, New Mexico State on Oct. 27, Appalachian State on Nov. 10 and Arkansas State on Nov. 24. The first three games will have 6 p.m. kickoffs, while the last two will start at 3 p.m. Georgia Southern on Oct. 11 is the only Texas State home game that won’t be on CW Austin.

Fall camp for the Bobcats begins on Aug. 3.



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