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Local players verbally commit to area schools

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Three of Roswell’s state championship football players, from left: Justin Carrasco, Cade Manzanares and Dylan Tucker have verbally committed to play football for ENMU in the fall. Feature articles will follow on or after signing day. (Submitted Photo)

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What is becoming quite clear in this state — it is not the north that is the kingpin for football talent in the state. The best-kept secret for football talent is out, with schools like defending state champions, Roswell, power-running Goddard and the sophisticated passing of Artesia, the best football players to play at the next level is out. Southeastern New Mexico is sending football players to the Division I schools and junior colleges, as well as Division II Eastern New Mexico.

While following some of the local athletes on Twitter, Eastern New Mexico University hauled in a king’s ransom with talent and championship pedigree when they received verbal commitments from Justin Carrasco, Cade Manzanares and Dylan Tucker.

What the ‘Hounds are getting in Tucker is maybe the best overall athlete that can play multiple sports and positions. He made the two biggest catches in Roswell football history. His two catches gave Roswell coach Jeff Lynn his first victory over Artesia as time ran out to get them to their first championship game since 2000. Tucker is also a National Honor Society student.

Justin Carrasco’s season seemed to be in doubt after he injured his shoulder against Lovington in his first game of the season. He sat out the Hobbs game and returned with a vicious running style, rushing for over 15 TDs and 1,580 yards rushing the ball.

Cade Manzanares was recently named 2018 Mr. Football for New Mexico. He is the first defensive player and the first Coyote to win the award. All three of the players took a visit to Eastern and decided to commit. Tucker made his announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

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Goddard’s Dalton Bowles verbally committed to NMMI for football in the fall. A feature article on Bowles will follow on or after signing day. (Scott Stevenson Photo)

Goddard’s Dalton Bowles was all-state and maybe NMMI’s biggest verbal commitment in their recruiting class. Bowles was named New Mexico Quarterback of the Year — he accounted for over 1,000 yards passing and nearly 2,000 rushing with 33 TDs. Bowles was the heartbeat of Goddard’s offense, as he goes, the Rockets follow. Bowles’ star never shined brighter than when he ran for 435 yards against Artesia to lead them to a 31-28 victory at the Wool Bowl to keep them undefeated. Bowles also announced earlier in the week on Twitter of his plans to commit to NMMI.

The RDR will run a feature on all of the signings as soon as signing day comes and the players make it official. The RDR will have coaches’ comments as well as their high school coaches quotes and thoughts. Because of recruiting rules, college coaches cannot comment on athletes until the athletes are signed.

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