When it comes to producing talent, the Orlando area is certainly one of the most talented in Florida. With prospects such as Jack Howes (Orlando Edgewater), Sean Johnson (Orlando The First Academy), Sonny Rao (Orlando Bishop Moore), Ayron Rodriguez (Winter Park) and Stephen Sparrow (Orlando Jones), college coaches are keeping their eye on this region.

Posted On: 11/5/20 10:58 AM

First-year New Mexico Highlands head coach Josh Kirkland is so passionate about recruiting in-state players from the Land of Enchantment he’s quantified his program’s goals in that area.

“With every class, if I can get 20 percent of my New Mexico signees to play and help us (I’d be happy), but in order to do that I need to sign 10 to 20 (NM players), Kirkland told Prep Redzone New Mexico recently. “We did the same thing when I was at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. We needed 20 percent of the San Antonio kids we signed to really play.

“That’s the same model  I would like to follow here. I would always like to sign between 10 and 20 players from this state every year. But that might not mean straight out of high school. A couple of players might come from the junior college ranks. This past class, four of our New Mexico signees came from NMMI. There are other avenues.”

The process of building a football program with more New Mexico prospects began last spring when NMHU signed more than a dozen in-state players in the 2020 class, including multiple players from Las Vegas, Kirkland said.


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