By Julian Martinez
Signing Day 2016 proved lucrative for the New Mexico State University football program, which recruited a handful of new players for their 2016 roster, in the hopes of breaking the nation’s longest-running bowl drought.
Myles Vigne from New Orleans is the highest-rated recruit. Vigne measures in at 6’2’’ and close to 300 pounds. Vigne is a three-star recruit at defensive tackle with a rating of 73. In his senior season of high school, Vigne was named defensive MVP for Warren Easton Sr. High School.
On the offensive side, Tyler Matthews will be departing from Southern Mississippi to come play for the Aggies. Once a four-star recruit, Matthews said the Aggies’ simple yet quick-moving offense is the reason for him favoring the school over the likes of Bowling Green and SEC Arkansas. Matthews will be there to push Tyler Rogers in his last year of what will surely be an interesting camp duel.
The Aggies will also bring in two other QBs: Matthews’ younger brother, Cameron, and Conner Cramer, who hails from the New Mexico Military Institute.
To aid these quarterbacks, the Aggies have inked five wide receivers. Isaiah McIntyre is the hometown kid from Las Cruces High School. The former Bulldog is no stranger to playing in Aggie Memorial Stadium. His breakaway speed can pose problems for defenders.
Then there is the big target, the 6’6’’ Jaleel Scott. Scott comes from South Carolina and found the end zone nine times in his senior season on just 45 receptions. Watch out for this player.
This year can be exciting year for Aggies fans despite the much maligned history of the program. Head Coach Doug Martin, who is entering his fourth year as head coach, has an overall record of seven games won and 29 lost with NMSU. His predecessor, DeWayne Walker, had a record of 10 and 40 for NMSU during his four years here.
“We’re a really young football team,” says Head Coach Doug Martin. “But we’ve four playmakers now. We have wide receivers, a quarterback, and a running back who can all make plays. If we get those guys the ball, we have a chance to make a lot of explosive plays.”
The Aggies begin their journey into the 2016 season with the annual Crimson V. White game on Saturday, April 16, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Their biggest games this year will be against the Aggies of Texas A&M University and the University of Kentucky Wildcats from the SEC. Their rivalry games with the University of Texas – El Paso (in El Paso) and the University of New Mexico (in Las Cruces) will take place on Saturday, September 3 and 10 respectively.