UTEP Football coach Sean Kugler said on National Signing Day he wants at least one player from every high school in El Paso to eventually be part of his team. The turnaround job he's done is catching the attention of the players in the area.
Americas has two players who have been offered by UTEP. Athlete Eric Foster and running back Josh Fields. They both are getting looks by a number of universities. They have not committed to UTEP but they're definitely interested. It's part of a trend. Coach Kugler has once again made UTEP an attractive place for local players to go.
Foster says UTEP's winning ways have played a part in his interest. "It changes a lot," He says. "I think they're really coming up, as in, their record. I think they're going to get better." Foster is being recruited by the Miners as a defensive back. He'll play quarterback this season after a strong season as a receiver last year.
Fields is getting looks from Colorado and New Mexico but says the Miners are attractive. "UTEP is home. This is where I was raised," He says. "I know a couple of players there and just the brotherhood and the atmosphere that they're bringing and their schedule too."
That schedule is part of what makes staying at home such an enticing option. The Miners first two games are against Arkansas and Texas Tech. Athletes in the area know they can stay here and play against major competition in big time games.
"I mentioned this since day one. Our recruiting starts here in El Paso," Kugler said last week. There's some quality players in El Paso this year and we're hoping to nail down every single one of them."