By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Texas State Bobcats head coach Jake Spavital has already received commitments from 10 players in the early signing period in December. Two of these players have come via the community college level.
Gresch Jensen signed with the school after being a quarterback at Fullerton Community College. Eddie Rivas joins the program after playing offensive line for Glendale Community College.
In addition, he received a commitment from quarterback Cedric Case, running back Calvin Hill, and wide receiver Dylan Jantz. He also received commitments from offensive lineman Dalton Cooper and Ronald Copney.
Spavital received a commitment from Devin Henderson up front on the defensive lineman. The team also signed defensive back Kevin Anderson and linebacker Devin Henderson.
As the new Bobcats head coach, he is given the opportunity to recruit the entire State of Texas, among the entire country. Texas is a hotbed for college coaches around the country to attempt to sign recruits.
He believes that his previous experience in recruiting Texas will help him now.
“The Dallas Metroplex area is highly recruited,” he said. “I would argue it’s the most recruited area in the country, because you get coast-to-coast recruiting. Those are the battles that you’ll have here at Texas State. There are so many people, who come into Texas to recruit. But at the same time, there’s a lot of kids in this State. It is our job to find those kids in those small Texas towns that are overlooked. The best example that I can give you is Case Keenum, who plays for the Denver Broncos right now. He also had that Minneapolis Miracle.
“He had one offer when he was being recruited and it was from the University of Houston. He was from Abilene [Texas]. He was an overlooked kid, who had great potential. There are a lot of those kids, who are around the area that I’m fired up for. You have to roll your sleeves up and you have to get to work. You have to go find those guys, but they’re around here. While there’s a lot of people, who come into this state, there’s still a lot of kids, who are getting overlooked, who are very good players.”
He believes his coaching staff can find those diamonds in the rough.
“That’s why you have a staff of Texas-based people, who know the lay of Texas,” he said. “There’s a lot of familiarity with the coaches that I have and will bring in. They will be familiar with the high school coaches around here and all the geographic locations of Texas. There’s a lot of untapped guys in West Texas and East Texas that we can go out there and find some people.
“Like I said, you have to roll your sleeves up, build those relationships with those coaches, word of mouth is how you’ll find those types of guys. If a high school coach in West Texas talks about a kid, you’ll spend the time going out there, and it might turn out to be a good one. To me, being in Central Texas, you can go in a lot of different directions and find some quality players.”
He also believes that his previous ties to The Lone Star State will help him as the Bobcats head coach. He was previously the Texas A&M Aggies Offensive Coordinator from 2013 through 2015.
“Like I just said, the familiarity with the land,” he said. “When I was at Texas A&M, I recruited this area. My areas were Houston and San Antonio, so I spent a lot of time in the San Marcos area. Being at Texas A&M, they put me in this area, where you can find those recruits. I also had the credibility of being a Coordinator in the SEC. I’ve called close to 70 games. From the Coordinator standpoint, I have the credibility there and worked with a lot of quarterbacks.
“During my time at Texas A&M, it allowed me to know the lay of the land. When you get into this Central Texas area, you are near the headquarters of the Texas High School Head Coaches Association [located in San Marcos, Texas], so it allows you to get closer to these guys, who run the Texas High School Head Coaches Association.”
Spavital can add more players to his roster on National Signing Day. That will take place on February 6th, 2019.
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