Posted On: 01/27/21 5:43 PM

Two 2021 Albuquerque (NM) West Mesa standouts have committed to Eastern New Mexico.

After flying under the radar for most of the current recruiting cycle, running Back/Wide Receiver Ja’Calvin Newsom and RB Joseph Thompson announced their pledges to the Div. II Greyhounds earlier this week.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Newsom will play running back or slot receiver for ENMU.

“I chose Eastern New Mexico because I felt I could bring my talents and play alongside some great players and coaches,” Newsom told Prep Redzone New Mexico.

Combining a 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame with good speed, Thompson is a bigger running back that should thrive in Portales against Division II competition.

“The coaches and staff at ENMU seem like the right fit for me,” Thompson said.  “The coaches reached out to me and really wanted me to become one of the leading running backs on the team. They saw my footwork, power and speed on film and that’s what they want from me.”

West Mesa head coach Anthony Ansotigue said both Newsom and Thompson could have drawn more recruiting interest but were hurt by the lack of a football season in the fall. Moreover, West Mesa has posted 2-8 and 1-9 records the

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