New Mexico inked their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday and the class focused on defense, as it should. The Lobos also went after a few older junior college players.
"I just want to be able to stop someone. It's been hard," [head coach Bob] Davie said referring to New Mexico's defensive issues.
"It's obvious what we are doing with size. We have to be able to match up. That's why we went after 14 defensive players and a lot of them are older guys. We need the help." Clearly, Davie understands what his team needs.
The other big need is a quarterback who can actually throw the ball. Cole Gautsche does a great job running the offense but he pretty much has no arm to speak to throw the ball.
New Mexico picked up a pair in JaJuan Lawson and Patrick Reed; however, the former is a dual-threat quarterback and the latter is listed as an athlete. We get the offense is run-based, but there has to be a threat to throw the ball, because if not then the Lobos will be stuck for a long time.
Here is New Mexico's 2014 class.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Class||Hometown (Last School)||Highlights|
|Camrron Bean||OLB||6-2||260||Fr-HS||Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia HS||Watch|
|Desmond Branch||DE||6-2||245||Fr-HS||Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)||Watch|
|Lee Crosby||DB||5-11||190||Jr-HS||Baltimore, Md. (Snow College)||Watch|
|Chris Davis||WR||5-8||180||Fr-HS||Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)||Watch|
|Steve Galvan||LB||6-1||240||Fr-HS||Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado HS)||Watch|
|Daniel Henry||DB||6-0||175||Jr-TR||San Diego, Calif. (Iowa Western CC)||Watch|
|Garrett Hughes||DL||6-2||280||Fr-HS||Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)||Watch|
|Aaron Jenkins||OL||6-2||310||Fr-HS||Dallas, Texas (Lincoln HS)||Watch|
|Jakari Johnson||RB||5-10||190||So-TR||Oakland, Calif. (Gavilan College)||Watch|
|Juwan Jones||DB||6-2||190||Fr-HS||Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)||Watch|
|Cole Juarez||DT||6-2||310||So-TR||Fontana, Calif. (Riverside CC)||Watch|
|Ryan Langford||LB||6-3||225||Jr-TR||Davenport, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)||Watch|
|JaJuan Lawson||QB||6-0||200||Fr-HS||Petaluma, Calif. (Casa Grande HS)||Watch|
|Chris Lee||LB||6-1||255||Jr-TR||San Leandro, Calif. (Laney College)||Watch|
|Nick Lehman||TE||6-3||240||So-TR||Bellflower, Calif. (Long Beach CC)||Watch|
|Eden Mahina||OL||6-3||300||Jr-TR||Ontario, Calif. (Mount San Antonio College)||Watch|
|Garrison Mitchell||WR||5-11||180||Fr-HS||Beaumont, Texas (Central Senior HS)||Watch|
|Aaron Molina||WR||6-1||165||Fr-HS||Albuquerque, N.M. (Valley HS)||Watch|
|Kene Okonkwo||DE||6-4||255||Fr-HS||Mesquite, Texas (Horn HS)||Watch|
|Tyrone Owens||RB||5-9||190||Fr-HS||Manor, Texas (Manor HS)||Watch|
|Bijon Parker||DB||6-0||165||Fr-HS||Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)||Watch|
|Matt Quarells||WR||6-1||185||Fr-HS||Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central HS)||Watch|
|Patrick Reed||QB||6-1||180||Fr-HS||Silsbee, Texas (Silsbee HS)||Watch|
|Emanuel Simpson||TE||6-1||235||Jr-TR||Waterford, Mich. (Pima CC)||Watch|
|Taylor Timmons||DT||6-0||295||Jr-TR||Tampa, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute)||Watch|
|Jack Ziltz||DT||6-2||315||So-TR||Crete, Ill. (College of DuPage)||Watch|
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