Posted On: 10/21/20 3:13 PM

Tasked with transforming D-II Western New Mexico University football into a consistently winning program, third year head coach Frank Tristan is taking a different approach than his predecessor by actively recruiting in-state players for the Mustangs.

In 2017, the final season for Adam Clark in Silver City, WNMU had just 10 players from the Land of Enchantment, 42 from the state of California. Because of graduation and other factors, the number of New Mexico players on the Mustangs’ roster fell to seven in 2018 and 2019 before jumping to 18 on the current 2020 roster.

Of those 18 New Mexico products, 16 are freshmen or sophomores.

Clearly, Tristan and his staff are focused like a laser beam on bringing capable New Mexico players to WNMU as they seek to revitalize a program that last had a single season record of .500 or better in 2006.

“Obviously, we have New Mexico in our name, so we’d better be recruiting New Mexico,” Tristan told Prep Redzone New Mexico.

Tristan and his staff recruit mostly within a four-hour radius of Silver City, meaning most of New Mexico, Tuscon, Phoenix, El Paso and portions of West Texas are all fertile recruiting territory for the

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