Texas State University, the fourth-largest university in Texas and perhaps the biggest sleeping giant of college football in the state has quite the amount of momentum building now that new head coach Everett Withers has stepped into San Marcos.
In the short amount of time Coach Withers and his staff have been with the program, they have been able to garner 17 pledges for the 2017 class. The 2017 class is ranked 63rd nationally and first in the Sun Belt Conference according to 24/7 Sports. Needless to say, Coach Withers and company have been a trailblazer in the recruiting game.
The 7on7 tournament had three of the Texas State commits from the 2017 recruiting class in action. Those commits included Lufkin athlete Kordell Rodgers, Round Rock cornerback Colby Peterson and Manvel linebacker London Harris.
Round Rock Cedar Ridge had a rough outing as they would go winless on Friday. Colby Peterson and his team will still have a shot in the Consolation Bracket though when they face the Cedar Hill Longhorns in their first matchup on Saturday.
Kordell Rodgers or “K-Rod” as his teammates call him had much enthusiasm on how his team would perform in the tournament. His enthusiasm would prove him well as Lufkin had a 2-1 performance in Friday’s pool play and advanced to Saturday’s D1 Championship Bracket.
When asked what he thought he could bring from his program at Lufkin to the Texas State Bobcats he replied, “I can bring a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement, a lot of impact. I feel like if I can get the ball in my hands I can do a lot of things with it. The team and I are ready to play and when I get to Texas State I want to do the same thing and make a big impact early.”
“If you don’t play to win then why are you on the field? You shouldn’t be playing the game of football. It’s a team effort, everyone wants to win so to be the best you have to compete as a team.” Rodgers said
Rodgers is not the only one competing to be the best as London Harris and the Manvel Mavericks are also in the D1 Championship Bracket after going undefeated in a pool that consisted of Lake Travis, Arlington Bowie and West Brook.
In order for Manvel to win the championship they would have to win a total of five games in Saturday’s bracket. Five wins in one day is a lot of winning but Harris expects that and even in the future when he steps on the Texas State campus.
“We’re going to win a lot of games. We have one of the best recruiting classes and when we get up there, expect a championship.” Harris said
Though all three have their sights focused on their current and respective seasons, they all have a growing anticipation knowing that when this fall ends, another one awaits them with the Texas State Bobcats.