Posted On: 10/28/20 9:45 PM

When New Mexico State finally trots out onto the field for its first game in February – the 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the Aggies will feature a roster with eight former New Mexico high school football players.

Oliver Soukup, who serves as NM State’s assistant head coach/linebackers coach and coordinates the school’s recruiting efforts in the Land of Enchantment, views the state as a “hidden gem.”

For confirmation, all Soukup has to do is look around his linebacker room. Two of NM State’s projected four starters at the positions are products of New Mexico high schools. Two of the Aggies’ captains for the upcoming season are from New Mexico.

“There’s some really good talent here,” Soukup told Prep Redzone New Mexico recently. “If you just look at the last couple of years, through the efforts of the media and scouting services, I think the number of players in this state being recruited has gone up. Now it’s on the guys being recruited to stand out and make this place more of a showcase.

“We’re not bringing in token guys just  to come in here and stand on the sidelines for four or five years.

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