Hounds expect to sign 25-30 prospects

Dave Wagner

First-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn anticipates signing 25-30 players today on national signing day.

“The emphasis is obviously on the offensive and defensive lines,” Lynn said. “We got real aggressive with New Mexico and west Texas kids.”

Lynn said he originally didn’t anticipate a large first-day signing group.

“We’re going to sign quite a few (today),” Lynn said Tuesday. “We just ran across some real good kids.”

One of the signees is expected to be Clovis defensive tackle Kenny Betts, who verbally committed last week to ENMU.

Meantime, two of Muleshoe’s top players, quarterback Beau Avila and running back Isaac Baca, plan to sign national letters of intent today to play football next season at Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.

Avila and Baca helped the Mules post a 12-2 record in 2011. They lost in the Texas Class 2A Division I state semifinals to eventual champion Melissa.

Baca, who also played linebacker and was the team’s leading tackler, led the team in rushing with around 1,500 yards.

“They’ve both been on the varsity since their sophomore years,” Mules coach David Wood said. “They were kind of the backbone of our team this year, along with Saul (Elizalde).”

Wood said Elizalde, a wide receiver and placekicker, is expected to sign at some point but probably not today.

“He has several options and doesn’t know yet what he’s going to do,” Wood said.