Posted On: 10/11/20 10:12 PM

Part 1 of a series dedicated to #RecruitingNewMexico

Perhaps unwittingly, former Hobbs record-setting quarterback Gavin Hardison is the poster child for the myriad challenges faced by New Mexico prospects in recruiting.

In 2017 Hardison was the nation’s No. 2 passing quarterback in terms of total yardage, throwing for a staggering 5,347 yards and 59 touchdowns in 12 games for the Eagles.

However, he barely got a sniff from major college recruiters and ultimately signed with New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), where he spent the 2018 season before signing with UTEP. He’s now the Miners starting quarterback and has led UTEP to its best start (3-2) in a decade.

Meanwhile, the nation’s top passer that year (Layne Hatcher from Little Rock, Ark.) signed with Alabama after initially committing to Arkansas State. The two quarterbacks directly behind Hardison in the rankings signed with Arizona State and Arizona, respectively.

The No. 7 quarterback on the passing list signed with Washington State.

Three years after graduating from Hobbs, Hardison is finally enjoying the fruits of his labors. But his experience with the recruiting game is one that is all too often told about prospects from the Land of Enchantment.

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