To date, five players in the state of New Mexico have received D-I football scholarships. Reggie Mackey, Josh Baggett and Alex Oluyitah have all committed to The University of New Mexico. The state's best overall prospect, Cole Gautsche, has committed to play at New Mexico State University. Tim Hatfield is still uncommitted but holds a UNM offer. However, there are still plenty of other prospects in the state who PrepNewMexico feel have fallen under the radar.
David Anaya 5'11, 185 RB Goddard HS- Anaya is far and away the best overall RB in the state of New Mexico. His film shows great vision and great balance. His acceleration is very good and he runs with very good power. The past 3 years Anaya has done nothing but make plays of every kind and his numbers and film can match that of several kids across the country with numerous D-I offers. Anaya will never be a home-run threat at the next level but he has solid speed and he is the kind of guy you can build the offense around and depend on to get you 100 yards, block in passing situations and catch the ball well on 3rd down. Best RB to come out of NM in several years (not named Ronnie Daniels).
John Garcia 5'10, 185 ATH St. Pius HS- To say I'm surprised that he has no D-I offers at this point is an understatement. Garcia has outstanding strength for a skill player and has good speed, great feet, great hips and good ball skills. Once a college coach corrects his technique, he will be an outstanding college player. Garcia has been given respect on defense as a vast majority of teams simply don't throw his way. Offensively he has flashed, but has taken his lumps playing behind a below average offensive line who has started 8-9 different guys through-out the year. John is ranked our #2 overall prospect in the state and skill wise has the ability to play D-I football at 3-4 different positions (depending on the scheme). Overall Garcia is dangerous and if he gets into space, he will make it very hard on anyone.
Noah Brown 6'2, 230 DE Valencia HS- Last year Brown showed his great burst off the edge and ability to sink his hips and change direction. This year he has taken on the role as Valencia's primary ball carrier and he has done a great job showing his athletic ability and good speed for a kid with his frame. That very frame could easily hold 250lbs in a couple years. Brown has the tools to be a great pass rusher at the next level and he has outstanding strength which will also help him set the edge of any defense.
Kenny Betts 6'4, 290 DT/OG Clovis HS- This kid is perhaps the state;s biggest sleeper. He has a great frame at 6'4, 290 and is fairly lean with the room to add another 20-25lbs and still be very athletic. His burst on defense isnt amazing but very solid. He can hold ground, play down the line and pursue the ball. He does a decent job using his hands and looks like a 3 technique on defense or even a 5 technique in a 3-4. In addition we could easily see him transitioning to OG or RT at the next level. He has the ability to play on either side of the ball and IMO is probably the most intriguing OL/DL prospect in the entire state of New Mexico. Like most HS players, he needs polish and his best ball is ahead of him.
David Brown 5'9, 180 ATH Highland HS- David Brown is another young man with great talent. He, like Garcia has great value because he could project at a few different positions. Brown is a dangerous player and when he is in space he is hard to stop for anyone. He is arguably the states 2nd best overall skill prospect only behind John Garcia. Brown does a little bit of everything for his team and once he can get to college and focus on one position, it will only help him become even more dangerous player.
Other under the radar players with D-I ability: