New Mexico State football signing day tracker
LAS CRUCES - Jerry Kill and his staff did an extraordinary job recruiting in about a month last season to sign players who have played prominent roles on this year's Quick Lane Bowl-bound team.
NM State signed 29 players during the early signing period in December, including a quarterback transfer from Texas A&M, a defensive back transfer from Arkansas, a defensive back from Eastern Illinois and an offensive lineman from Boise State.
The Aggies signed 14 offensive players (3 QB, 7 OL, 4 WR) and 15 defensive players (7 DBs, 4 LB, 4 DL) in December. The Aggies added 10 more players on the first day of the regular signing period with FBS transfers from Penn State and Wyoming. The Aggies added four offensive players (2 OL, 2 TE), four defensive players (2 DB, 1 LB, 1 DL), a punter and a kicker.
We will keep track of signed players here as the Aggies add players to the roster during the regular signing period.
Eli Stowers, quarterback: The 6-4, 215-pound Stowers was a four-star recruit at Guyer High in Denton, Texas with offers from nearly every Power 5 program, ultimately signing with Texas A&M. Stowers was ranked the No. 171 recruit in the country, but he was soon switched to tight end in 2021 before moving back to quarterback last year, where he saw the field but did not record a pass.
Stowers's father, Donald Stowers, played defensive back for the Aggies in the 1990s.
Mason Graham, quarterback: Graham is listed at 6-5 230 pounds. He completed 62% of his passes for 2,166 yards, 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions at Amarillo High.
Blaze Berlowitz, quarterback: Berlowitz played at Cushing High School in Oklahoma, and would join freshman Gavin Frakes as a quarterback from Oklahoma.
* BJ Tolo, offensive line: Tolo is a three-star offensive lineman from Mater Dei High School in California. Tolo is listed at 6-1, 290 pounds and had offers from Colorado State, Kansas and Oregon.
*Jack Gogue, offensive line: Gogue is a three-star offensive lineman from Richmond, Missouri. Gogue is listed at 6-7, 270 pounds and could begin his career at tight end while he grows into an offensive lineman. Gogue had offers from Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
Jacob Golden, offensive line: Golden is a transfer from Boise State. The 6-6 285 pound Peoria, Arizona native was a three star in high school and had offers from most Mountain West schools coming out of high school as well as Washington State.
Anthony LaFrance, offensive line: LaFranc is a transfer from Riverside City College in California. The 6-5, 290 lineman was listed as a three-star by 247Sports and had offers from Buffalo, Fresno State and Sam Houston State.
Cedric Claiborne, offensive line: Claiborne played at Trinity Valley Community College last year after signing with Texas San Antonio in 2019. The redshirt junior from Houston is listed at 6-5 and 300 pounds.
Kai Sevy, offensive line: Sevy is a three-star high school player from Utah who is listed at 6-2, 265 pounds.
Kaden Stanton, offensive line: Stanton is listed at 6-5, 315 pounds from Beggs, Oklahoma.
Quintin Fowler, offensive line: Fowler is listed at 6-2, 305 pounds and played last year at Jones College in Missouri.
Shamarr Jackson, offensive line: Jackson is listed at 6-4, 290 pounds and played last year at Iowa Western Community College.
Will Gipson, wide receiver: Gipson led Fullerton College with 34 receptions for 403 yards and five touchdowns last year. The 6-3 Aliquippa native signed with Pittsburgh in 2018 but didn't see the field.
Trent Hudson, wide receiver: Hudson had 50 receptions for 778 yards and eight touchdowns last year at Trinity Valley Community College last year. Aggie receiver Kordell David is in his first year at NMSU after transferring from Trinity Valley.
Jordan Smith, wide receiver: The Aggies second pickup from Fullerton College, Smith had 28 receptions for 421 yards and four touchdowns last season. Smith had an offer from Texas State.
Donovan Faupel, wide receiver: Faupel is a 6-1, 195 pound receiver from Centennial High in California. He had an offer from Idaho, as well as NMSU.
*KD Wells, tight end: Wells is a 6-2, 225 transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he had one reception for 10 yards last year. He was a three-star recruit in the class of 2020 with offers from Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi and South Alabama.
*Tyler Devera, tight end: Devera had 22 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns for Stony Brook last season. Devera is a 6-4 redshirt junior.
* Keonte Glinton, defensive back: Glinton is a 5-11 cornerback who transferred from Wyoming after two seasons. Glinton recorded 48 tackles with one interception and one fumble recovery in 22 appearances. In 2022, Glinton recorded a career-high nine tackles in a contest against San José State.
* John Huggins, defensive back: Huggins is a senior transfer safety from FCS Jackson State. He started his career at Florida and played at Garden City Community College in the spring of 2021. He had 74 career tackles at Jackson State with an additional 2.5 sacks and an interception the past two years.
Reggie Akles, defensive back: Akles is a 6-2, 185-pound defensive back from Independence Community College had offers from Washington State, Appalachian State and Arkansas State.
Jeremiah Vessel, defensive back: Vessel is a three star player from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. The 5-11 cornerback had offers from Boise State and Arizona State.
Naeten Mitchell, defensive back: Mitchell is a 5-11 safety from Temple, Texas. He had an offer from Arkansas according to 247Sports.
Elijah Thomas, defensive back: Thomas is a 6-2 three star safety from St. Louis. Like Mitchell, Thomas also had an offer from Arkansas, as well as Kansas and West Virginia.
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Jordan Vincent, defensive back: Vincent is a 5-10 safety from Chicago, who transferred from Eastern Illinois. He led the team with 84 tackles last season and had three interceptions. He had 169 tackles in 28 games played at Eastern Illinois.
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Tayden Barnes, defensive back: Barnes is a 5-10 corner from Tascosa in Amarillo, Texas.
Josiah Charles, defensive back: Charles is a 5-11 cornerback from Martin High School in Arlington.
*Jamari Buddin, linebacker: During the 2022 season, Buddin appeared in nine games at Penn State, racking up eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and recovered a forced fumble. His true freshman season in 2021, Buddin racked up four tackles. Buddin was a four-star prospect according to 247Sports out of high school as the No. 26 linebacker.
Quincy Davis, linebacker: Davis is a 6-1 200 pound linebacker from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. He is listed as a three star and had an offer from Idaho.
Jalen Brown, edge: Brown is a 6-2 205 pound edge player from Illinois. He is a two-star player who had offers from Army, Bucknell and Eastern Illinois.
Zyier Thornton, edge: Thornton is a 6-4 230 pound edge player who played last year at Los Angeles Harbor College. The California native is a two-star prospect.
Ishmael Aceves, linebacker: Aceves is a 6-2, 215 pound linebacker from Denver. He had an offer from Kansas.
*Denver Warren, defensive line: Warren is a 300-pound interior defensive lineman who transferred from Independence Community College. Warren has multiple Power 5 offers out of high school in Chicago, but signed with Bowling Green, but didn't play in 2021 and went the JC route.
Dion Wilson, defensive line: Wilson played in 16 games the past two seasons at Arizona. The 6-6 295 pound California native has two years of eligibility remaining. He had 19 tackles (seven solo) last season at Arizona. He has 31 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss in 20 games at Arizona.
Gabriel Iniguez, defensive line: Iniguez is a 6-2, 255 pound defensive lineman who played last year at City College of San Francisco. He had six sacks and eight tackles for loss. Iniguez signed with Hawaii in 2019, but transferred.
Adam Parks, defensive line: Parks is a 6-4, 225 pound defensive lineman from Kansas who had offers from Southeast Missouri State and Valpo.
Gabe Jones, defensive line: Jones had an offer from Oklahoma State, as well as Louisiana Monroe. Jones is listed at 6-4 and 270 pounds. He had 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks for Dallas (Tex.) W.T. White last season.
*Brad LIng, kicker: Born and raised in Ipswich. Located in East Anglia, England. Bradley grew up as local soccer player before making the switch to Football in his senior year of high school. Playing as both WR/K he eventually joined One on One Kicking United kingdom where he was introduced to proper kicking instruction under Coach Charalambous.
*Zach Haynes, punter: Following Josh Carlson's transfer to Arizona State, Haynes joins the Aggies as a grad transfer from Southeast Missouri. Haynes has been named to the First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference twice and a preseason All-OVC once. Haynes ranks fourth in SEMO history in punting average with 41.5 yards per punt. In 2021, Haynes booted a career-long 76 yard punt against Eastern Illinois. Three times in 2021, Haynes recorded punts of 60+ yards.
*Regular signing period
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State football signing day tracker