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MWC Recruiting Roundup 4-22-19

The weekly recap of offers, commitments, and other recruiting news.

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Offers, offers, more offers and a few commitments. That’s what is seems like the past week or two has been. Recruiting is definitely picking up steam after the traditional slowness in February and March. Air Force looked like they handed out the most offers this week, but San Jose State picked up a new commitment, their first of the 2020 class, and is gearing up to make the most of their spring eval period. They will capture the banner this week (and move into a first-place tie).

2019 Cover Photo Total:

  • Colorado State: 2
  • San Jose State: 2
  • Nevada: 1
  • Fresno State: 1
  • Boise State: 1

Recruiting Calendar

Here is a post from last year on what the spring eval period is all about. Be on the lookout for the coaches of your favorite team as they cover as many schools as possible over the coming weeks. This is a time in which new offers come out as a pretty rapid pace and a lot of groundwork is laid for the coming year in recruiting.

Featured Recruit

2021 DE Tyler Kiehne

  • 6’4” 245 lbs
  • Los Lunas HS (New Mexico)
  • MWC Offers: New Mexico

MWCConnection: As a player, what do you feel are your biggest strengths?

Kiehne: I’m extremely passionate about the game of football, so I give it my all at all times. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I will always do what’s best for the team. Im a great leader. I like to lead by example. I’m relentless in my pass rush. I will always find a way to make sure my team wins. I have played almost every position on the field so I know the game well.

MWCConnection: On the flip side, what are the areas of your game you are working to improve upon before next year?

Kiehne: I’m working on defending the run game. Working on establishing myself on the line of scrimmage and putting myself in the position to make the correct reads and to make more tackles for loss. I’m also working on being a more vocal leader on our team and stepping into the role of a team captain, being the guy that the team can look for when they need that energy and intensity or set the tone.

MWCConnection: Do you have plans to visit any schools this spring?

Kiehne: I haven’t been on any visits other than UNM. I will be going to lots of camps, we’re still trying to get our schedule together but I’m for sure going to Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA, Usc, NMSU.

MWCConnection: What do you like about each of the MWC teams you have offers from?

Kiehne: I really like their coaching staff, I have a great relationship with all of the coaches.I have learned a lot from all of them, especially the d line coach, Stan Eggen. They are all very encouraging and they all motivate me to work harder. I’ve known them for a few years since I’m a local kid. They’ve always believed in me.

Commitment Spotlight

ATH Elijah Lawson (San Jose State)

“The main reason I picked San Jose State is because the of way the coaches communicated with me. I always received positive energy every time I came to the school and what caught my eye the most is the Beyond Football program they have over there. They care about the future we have to have after football and I like that a lot. Just every time I went up there they showed love to my family; they showed love to us always and I liked that. The coach I communicated with the most was Coach White. Every time we talked we had good conversations. He really cares about his players and wants them to succeed always. They said they like that I’m athletic and that I can play many positions. Also, they like my length and my size. They want me to play outside linebacker, like a hybrid safety but in the box. I can cover well, not afraid of contact. I’m long, fast and big enough for that position so I think with those athletic abilities I fit perfectly for that position.”

Recruiting Updates

Offers

  • DE Wale Familoni was offered by Air Force
  • QB Victor Gabalis was offered by Air Force
  • WR/DB Tyson Thompson was offered by Air Force
  • WR/DB Austin Ambush was offered by Air Force
  • WR/DB Isaiah Strong was offered by Air Force
  • DB Dominic Morris was offered by Air Force
  • WR Ethan Chism III was offered by Air Force
  • DB Alphonse Oywak was offered by Air Force
  • LB/RB Junior Walling was offered by Air Force
  • DB Isaiah Bradford was offered by Boise State
  • WR Justin Baker was offered by Boise State
  • OL Sam Davis was offered by Colorado State
  • DL Taiwan Berryhill was offered by Colorado State
  • WR Chance Luper was offered by Colorado State
  • OL/DL Brandon Hernadez was offered by Colorado State
  • OL/DL Frank Poso was offered by New Mexico
  • ATH Connor O’Toole was offered by New Mexico
  • OL Jacob Gardner was offered by New Mexico
  • OL Caleb McCullough was offered by SDSU
  • DB LatrezShelton was offered by SDSU
  • OL Nathan Cardona was offered by UNLV

Commits

  • WR/DB Elijah Lawson committed to SJSU

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