UPDATE: Texas State adds four more verbal commitments during busy June
Wed, 06/22/2016 - 5:33pm Joe Vozzelli
By JOE VOZZELLI
June has been a great month for Texas State on the recruiting trail.
The Bobcats’ hot streak continued on Wednesday when Cuero defensive end/ tight end Caeveon Patton, Seguin-Arlington offensive tackle Brian Parish, Arlington High School tight end Nic Foster and Duncanville athlete Jaylin Nelson all verbally committed to the program.
Patton, Parish, Foster and Nelson are Texas State’s fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth commits for this month alone (Aledo tight end Logan Peterson, Corsicana quarterback Kishawn Kelley, Manvel linebacker London Harris and Georgetown wide receiver Beau Corrales were the others). The Bobcats now have 12 verbal commits for the 2017 class and have nine scholarships available — although none of those players are officially on the team until they sign their National Letter of Intent, which won't happen before next February.
Patton attended last Friday’s skill camp at Bobcat Stadium along with Preston Dimery, a Kerrville-Tivy safety who committed to the Texas State on May 23. Parish, on the other hand, participated in the Bobcats' satellite camp in Dallas on Monday.
A 6 foot 3 defensive end, Patton, whose only other Division I offers came from Lamar and Stephen F. Austin, both Football Championship Subdivision programs, had drawn some interest from UTSA, Tulsa and New Mexico State.
During his junior season with the Gobblers, Patton was a first team all-district selection on both offense and defense. On offense, he hauled in two passes for 26 yards, but he appears — at least from highlight tape of last season’s games — to be more of a blocking tight end as opposed to a pass catcher.
Patton attended the Top 100 Combine, an invitation-only football camp that was held in Sugar Land in January. According to team insiders, the Cuero product will solely be used as a defensive tackle in 2017.
In the case of Parish, a 6 foot 4 inch offensive tackle, he had offers from Illinois State (FCS) and New Mexico (FBS).
Foster seems to fit the mold of a versatile player, something that head coach Everett Withers has emphasized as a critical attribute he is looking for as he attempts to rebuild the Texas State football program. Case in point: The Bobcats see the Arlington High School product, who is listed as a tight end and stands at 6 foot 4 and 255 pounds, as someone who can play at offensive tackle, instead.
Along those same lines, Nelson, a three-star prospect who had offers from the United States Naval Academy, North Texas and Texas Tech, played cornerback and quarterback for the Panthers. In 2014, when he was at DeSoto High School, he amassed 2,842 total yards and 32 combined touchdowns. He scampered for 954 yards and reached pay dirt 14 times on the ground as a sophomore.
After he transferred from DeSoto to Duncanville in between his sophomore and junior campaigns, Nelson wasn't able to play varsity football in 2015 because he was ruled ineligible by the UIL state executive committee.
Texas State plans to utilize him as a running back when he arrives on campus in 2017.
Outside of their latest batch of five commitments, the Bobcats have been busy offering prospects at their satellite camps, which have taken place over the past few days. Texas State was at Kilgore High School on Tuesday.
The Bobcats wrap up their satellite camp tour today at the Farm League in Klein. Texas State decided to cancel its camp in Beaumont, which was scheduled for Friday, due to low registration numbers. The five players, who were slated to be in Beaumont, have agreed to attend today's Houston-based camp.
Among the reported offers that have happened in the past week, the Bobcats extended scholarships to four players, namely Bishop-Dunne quarterback Stacy Conner, South Grand Prairie defensive end Jakharious Smith, Waxahachie offensive tackle Caleb Carlile and Cedar Hill safety Josh Newman.
Conner is rising junior (class of 2018) while the other three are rising seniors (class of 2017). The Bishop-Dunne prospect is similar to Kelley, also a dual-threat quarterback — although Conner has some big offers (Cal and San Jose State).
Texas State is the only FBS program to offer Smith a scholarship. Alcorn State, Incarnate Word, Northern Colorado and Prairie View A&M, all from the FCS, have done so, as well. Newman has a scholarship offer from Illinois.