The Bobcats added quarterbacks Cedric Case and Gresch Jensen, offensive linemen Dalton Cooper, Ron Copney and Eddie Rivas, wide receiver Dylan Jantz, and running back Calvin Hill to its offense.
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State head football coach Jake Spavital announced Wednesday that 10 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Bobcats on the opening day of the early signing period.
“We are extremely excited with the players we have signed today,” Spavital said. “They are going to be great additions to the Bobcat Family.”
The Bobcats added quarterbacks Cedric Case and Gresch Jensen, offensive linemen Dalton Cooper, Ron Copney and Eddie Rivas, wide receiver Dylan Jantz, and running back Calvin Hill to its offense. Texas State also added nose tackle Devin Henderson, linebacker Devin Martinez and safety Kevin Anderson on defense.
“We wanted to sign a smaller class right now so that we could take some time and evaluate the players on our current roster,” Spavital said. “Then we can use the spring signing period to fill in some areas where we have needs.”
Case comes to Texas State after completing 73 percent of his passes for 2,782 yards and 25 touchdowns at Lincoln High School in Nebraska. Jensen rejoins new Texas State offensive coordinator Bob Stitt after he completed 159 of 274 passes for 2,330 yard and 16 touchdowns at Fullerton College last season.
Jenson played at Montana as a freshman when Stitt was the head coach and completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,531 yards and 20 TDs for the Grizzlies.
“They are guys we have had our eyes on for a long time,” Spavital said. “We have a heavy driven offense that puts a lot of demand on the quarterback position and adding these two will help fill the room with more healthy competition.”
The three offensive linemen will help the Bobcats add depth to the position as Rivas is a transfer from Glendale Community College in California. He is returning to the Division I ranks after spending one season at Northern Arizona. The Bobcats also added Dalton Cooper from Prague High School in Oklahoma and Ronald Copney from Smithson Valley High School.
“The offensive line is a game of depth and we have just 11 scholarship players there,” Spavital said. They are a young group led by our team captain Aaron Brewer. These three add to our depth and having one junior college guy helps balance out the classes.”
The Bobcats also signed a trio of playmakers in defensive back Kevin Anderson of Lewisville High School, running back Calvin Hill of Baytown Sterling High School and wide receiver Dylan Jantz of Gunter High School.
Hill rushed for 3,888 yards and 41 touchdowns during his high school career, while Jantz tallied 3,311 all-purpose yards and 68 touchdowns as a junior and senior wide receiver. Dave Campbell’s Football lists Anderson among the top 30 safety prospects in Texas.
The Bobcats also added nose tackle Devin Henderson on their defensive line and Devin Martinez as an outside linebacker. Henderson had 44 tackles, three sacks and 14 tackles for loss as a senior at LaPorte High School. Martinez recorded 57 tackles, eight sacks and 12 quarterback hurries at Belton High School.
With Wednesday’s signing day behind him, Spavital will focus his attention on Texas State’s current players as the Bobcats start preparing for next fall.
“Our main priority this spring will be to evaluate the current players on our roster,” Spavital said. “We want to see where they are both physically and academically during the winter workouts. Then, we can use the spring signing period to fill in the areas where we need to fill some void.”