Posted On: 02/2/21 7:48 PM

University of New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales vowed to escalate the Lobos’ recruiting within the state, and those efforts paid dividends during December’s early signing period when four local prospects signed letters of intent.

Now Gonzales has added two more commitments to the in-state tally: Manzano defensive end Jaxon PowellJaxonPowell6'3" | TEManzano | 2021StateNM and Albuquerque High offensive lineman Carlos Lovato. However, the commitments come with a catch: Both players intend to grayshirt this fall and join the UNM program in January.

“My parents and talked it over for hours,” Lovato told Prep Redzone New Mexico. “Playing for UNM has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It was always the goal to go there whether as a walk-on or scholarship. I was all for it, mostly for the business school there and the law school.

Grayshirting occurs when a player waits an extra semester to become a full-time student and part of the team. Essentially, an incoming college freshman postpones his enrollment in classes until the second term of his freshman year. This means Lovato and Powell won’t take classes until January. Both will still have five years to play four, allowing for a redshirt season.


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