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2014 New Mexico football recruiting: Lobos focus on defense in class

Defense was a point of emphasis for New Mexico's 2014 recruiting class.

QB Jajuan Lawson
QB Jajuan Lawson
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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