Canutillo running back LJ Martin and Parkland offensive lineman Tyrone McDuffie have been on the radar of Division I football programs for several months and have several offers.
But in recent weeks, Franklin linebacker/quarterback Shay Smith, Austin running back/linebacker Jayden Wilson and Parkland wide receiver Demarion Crest have begun to attract interest from Division I schools. .
New Mexico offered Wilson, Texas Tech and New Mexico State offered Crest, and UTEP and Texas Tech offered Smith.
“It feels good to have that first offer,” Wilson said. “New Mexico started enrolling me and made this first offer. I really like the program and the direction of the program is moving in a positive direction. I made an unofficial visit to the school and it was great. They treated me very well.”
Former Burges linebacker Alec Marenco is on the UNM roster and former Americas star Aaron Dumas shone for the Lobos last year before moving to Washington.
Demarion Crest Weekend Deals
Crest picked up its Texas Tech and NMSU offers over the weekend.
“I learned a lot from the recruiting process. I just have to keep working to improve myself and keep improving in every way,” Crest said. “It was great to get both offers. Texas Tech has great staff, and New Mexico State staff work hard and do great things.”
Parkland coach Eric Frontz added: “Demarion is a great prospect and he’s improving all the time. He’s really worked hard to get to this point.”
Crest, McDuffie, Wilson and Martin will be seniors next season and Smith will be junior. All five were on playoff teams last season. Martin helped Canutillo reach the third round of the playoffs and Smith helped Franklin win a 1-6A District Championship.
Martin has attracted interest from the Air Force, SMU, Kansas, Texas Tech, New Mexico, Kansas State, Baylor and UT-San Antonio. McDuffie has attracted interest from Fresno State, UTEP, UTSA, Colorado and New Mexico.