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Posted On: 02/3/21 9:51 PM

Picking winners and losers from National Signing Day is a favorite pastime of many recruiting analysts.

Here in New Mexico, there’s little doubt concerning the winner on the first Wednesday in February, opening day of the traditional signing period.

Eastern New Mexico.

Head coach Kelley Lee and the Greyhounds signed 11 prospects from the Land of Enchantment, including dynamic Las Cruces quarterback Marcos LopezMarcosLopez6'1" | QBLas Cruces | 2021StateNM, a pair of Goddard standouts (DE Fernando RubioFernandoRubio6'2" | DLGoddard | 2021StateNM and WR Nathanial Stone) and Centennial DB Karsten RuecknerKarstenRueckner5'10" | QBCentennial | 2021StateNM.

ENMU also signed Melrose WR Devon Bailey, the top player in the 8-man football classification, OL Darrius Gregory (Rio Rancho), OL Christian GriegoChristianGriego6'5" | OLLos Lunas | 2021StateNM (Los Lunas), DL Sean Ivy (West Las Vegas), DB Talon Sanders (Roswell) and a pair of running backs from West Mesa (Ja’Calvin Newsom, Joseph Thompson).

“This year was harder than usual recruiting New Mexico players because they didn’t get to play their senior year,” Lee told Prep Redzone New Mexico Wednesday night. “Usually, there are some guys that emerge as seniors. But without that film, we had to rely on junior years.

“For the guys we signed, we felt there was enough there to make us confident they

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