Juco D-End's Commit
The news was sweet this weekend for Head Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff. Brian Guendling, a 6'3" 230lb Rush DE from Palomar JC who visited San Marcos, decided to commit to the Bobcats before his visit was even over. Making it even sweeter, Roosevelt Pearson, who visited last weekend called the staff and let them know he was also committing. Pearson hails from Mt. San Jacinto JC and is the bigger, stronger, D-end that the staff coveted. During his visit he measured in at a legit 6'5" 255lbs. He shows ability to create havoc as a push rusher and has the size to hold the edge. He told our staff early Sunday morning on why chose the Bobcats. "As soon as I got out there. They treated me like family. With respect, I just felt that this was place for me. I called and spoke with Coach Schultz this morning and Coach Fran. He told me that they had 2 spots left for defensive end and I was one of them," said Pearson. Roosevelt's decision was a bit of a surprise as he was slotted to visit New Mexico this weekend, but the visit didn't happen. After weighing his options and thinking about it, he knew he wanted to be a Bobcat. He'll have 2 years to play 2 and is expecting to be on campus by May in order to be a part of the summer workout program. Guendling announced his commitment via twitter Saturday night as he let Bobcat Nation know his intentions and then spoke with our staff. "The visit went great. It's a great coaching staff here. It's all one big family," said Guendling. He'll be coming to Texas State after his red shirt freshman year at Palomar. After only one season at Nevada, he decided to transfer and look for a better fit. A hamstring injury limited him to only 3 games for Palomar JC, but that didn't stop Texas State from seeing his potential on the field. "They want to put me at defensive end, but will also use me as a rush defensive end/linebacker. The Head Coach told me they want sacks so I'm going to do the best I can do," said Guendling. As an added bonus for the 'Cats, making Guendling's decision to commit even more important is that he'll have 3 years to play 3 on the field and like Pearson is expected to be here at the end of May ready for summer workouts. One look at his tape and you see that Guendling plays with his hair on fire and has a motor that runs on 100% energy. He has explosiveness from his DE spot and can be disruptive in the passing game or against the rushing attack. behind the line of scrimmage. The commitments of Guendling and Pearson give Texas State six d-line commits for the 2014 class. Four of which could line up at the DE spot (Pearson, Guendling, Gambrell, Casey). Look for Texas State to close out this class with 1-2 d-tackles and potentially one o-line spot still being held.
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