Austin football standout Jayden Wilson commits to University of New Mexico

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Austin's Jayden Wilson during the game against Parkland Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in the lass 5A, division II playoff game at Austin High School in El Paso.
Austin's Jayden Wilson during the game against Parkland Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in the lass 5A, division II playoff game at Austin High School in El Paso.

One of El Paso's best two-way high school football players has made his college decision.

Austin's Jayden Wilson, who plays running back and linebacker, verbally committed to the University of New Mexico on Monday. He announced his decision on his Twitter.

Wilson was offered by New Mexico on March 28. The Lobos compete in the Mountain West Conference.

"The coaches there believed in me," Wilson said. "Over the past few months, I developed a strong relationship with the staff and I'm excited to be joining the program."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wilson is the fifth El Paso high school football player to commit to a Division I school in recent months.

Parkland wide receiver Demarion Crest (Texas Tech), Parkland offensive lineman Tyrone McDuffie (University of Colorado), Canutillo running back LJ Martin (Stanford) and Andress wide receiver Malcolm Anderson (Army).

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wilson rushed for 1,414 yards and had 116 tackles last season for the Panthers as a junior. He said the Lobos recruited him as a linebacker. Former Burges standout football player Alec Marenco is also a linebacker for the Lobos and this upcoming season will be his second in the program.

"I've just been working hard all offseason to get ready for my senior season," Wilson said. "My teammates are putting in the work and we're excited for the upcoming season."

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Felix F. Chavez may be reached at 915-546-6167; fchavez@elpasotimes.com; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.

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