By JJ Perez
UTSA FOOTBALL NATIONAL SIGNING DAY REPORT CARD
QUARTERBACKS GRADE: B+ (88)
Players: Frank Harris & Bryce Rivers
UTSA got everything they needed at the QB position with these local recruits. Both players are likely candidates for redshirts. The only thing from keeping this grade from an A is the lack of an immediate contributor.
RUNNING BACKS GRADE: A (95)
Players: BJ Daniels & Demarco Guidry
Daniels may end up being one of the best recruits in this class. He should be able to come in and see action immediately (at least in a reserve role). It’s not a stretch to think Daniels could eventually become one of CUSA’s best backs. Guidry is listed as RB/LB and his physical running style should compliment the RB group well.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS GRADE: A- (93)
Players: WR Tariq Woolen, WR Dadrian Taylor, TE Robert Ursua, TE Michael Goff, & TE Chance McLeod
WRs Woolen and Taylor are two very dynamic playermakers. Both have game-changing ability that UTSA has lacked. This class was heavy at the tight end position but they picked up three solid players. Ursua, a Juco already on campus, should be able to contribute immediately while both McLeod and Goff have huge upside.
OFFENSIVE LINE GRADE: B+ (88)
Players: Kevin Davis, Dominic Pastucci, Josh Dunlop, & Keeyon Smart
UTSA added depth and versatility with Davis and Pastucci. Both are likely candidates to redshirt. For years UTSA struggled to sign quality Juco offensive linemen. In this class they landed two in Dunlop and Smart. Both should be able to compete for immediate playing time.
DEFENSIVE LINE GRADE: A- (90)
Players: Morris Joseph, Jaylon Haynes, & Robert Fuentes
The addition of Joseph is a game-charger. He could become an all-conference type of player for the Roadrunners. Haynes and Fuentes are two under-the-radar type of players who both have tremendous potential. An additional signee would have made this grade an A+.
LINEBACKERS GRADE: B- (85)
Players: Donovan Perkins & Demarco Guidry
Perkins is a good as they come. His addition, as well as Guidy’s, should compliment the group of backers well. UTSA didn’t have a heavy need for a high number linebackers but the two they signed are high quality.
DEFENSIVE BACKS A (95)
Players: Samuel Barnes, JJ Smith, Michael Moore, Vance Vallair, Javontavius Mosley, & Tay’lor Perry
UTSA hit a home run with their secondary signees. Four of the players (Barnes, Smith, Mosely, and Perry) are rated as 3-star recruits. The other two (Moore & Vallair) are nearly as talented. It’s a good mix of corners and safeties and Jucos and high school players. With a depth chart etched in sand, it’s not a stretch to think that many of these DB signees could crack the two-deep next season.
OVERALL GRADE: A- (90)
UTSA’s 2017 recruiting class checked all of the boxes. The class consists of 12 players on offense and 11 players on defense. With nine three-star recruits, UTSA’s class is widely considered among the top in Conference USA. The Roadrunners also have two additional scholarships to hand out if they decide they want to. Overall, this is as good of a class as we’ve seen UTSA sign.