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HENDERSON, Texas — A Henderson dual-threat athlete just made the Mountain West Conference more intriguing after verbally committing early Monday morning.

“I would like to thank God for giving the ability to play this great game of football,” Trae Hall stated via Twitter. “I proudly would like to announce I am committing to the University of New Mexico.”

Hall, a 6-foot-2 Henderson High School quarterback and safety, chose the Lobos over nine other programs — including the likes of the American Athletic Conference’s Houston and the Big 12 Conference’s Kansas. He could have chosen to stay in state and be molded by former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite in the Bayou City or join first-year Head Coach Lane Kiffin and a rising Florida Atlantic team that bested Akron 50-3 in the Boca Raton Bowl.

He instead chose a New Mexico team that has five quarterbacks set to return for the 2018 college football season. Coltin Gerhart and Derek Martinez will be seniors and Teveka Tuioti is a redshirt freshman. The other two — Caleb Hennie and 5-foot-9 San Antonio Roosevelt alum Bryson Carroll —will be true sophomores when the season starts.

The program will part ways with former Frisco Centennial signal-caller Lamar Jordan when he graduates in the spring.

The Henderson Lions’ three-star rated and the No. 128 athlete in Texas in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, could join Contra Coasta College (San Pablo, CA) pro-style quarterback Cameron Burston and Woodbury Senior High (Saint Paul, MN) safety Nico Bolden on either side of the ball. With Hall, they are three of the five three-star athletes the Lobos either enrolled, signed or committed next season.

There are no five- or four-star athletes and the rest are two-star prospects. According to information from 247Sports, Hall is the only player from Texas on New Mexico’s list of committees or signees.

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Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State and collegiate and professional football throughout the country. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.

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