New UTEP football coach introduces new recruits

UTEP head coach Dana Dimel. Courtesy: KFOX14 / CBS4

Head coach Dana Dimel introduced his first recruiting class Wednesday.

Coming off a winless season, the Miners are going to have a new look and new hope.

Dimel inked a total of 27 signees. Six are transfers who are already on campus, 20 are high school athletes and is a one transfer who will attend UTEP next semester. A total of 14 offensive players, 10 defensive players and three specialists make up the 2018 signing day roster.

The haul includes 14 student-athletes from the state of Texas, eight from California, two from North Carolina, one from Colorado, one from Arizona and one from Maryland.

Fans arrived around 11 a.m. at the Larry K. Durham Center Hall of Champions.

They got the chance to meet Dimel and his staff, while getting an exclusive first look at the future of the UTEP football program.

Learn more about the 2018 UTEP football signing class on CBS4 Sports on CBS4 at 10 p.m.

Name | Pos. | Ht. | Wt. | Hometown/Previous School

Kai Locksley QB 6-4 200 Fort Washington, Md./Iowa Western CC

Brayden Hawkins QB 6-3 215 Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park HS

Gamaliel “Tres’ Barboza OL 6-4 290 Castroville, Texas/Tyler Junior College

Sheldon Benson OL 6-2 305 Schertz, Texas/Schertz Clemens

Cameron Cooper OL 6-5 260 Aurora, Colo./Grandview High School

Zuri Henry OL 6-5 280 Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS

Elijah Klein OL 6-4 300 Mt. Baldy, Calif./Upland HS

Chris Love OL 6-4 290 Tujunga, Calif./Crespi HS

Solomon Polk OL 6-7 290 El Paso, Texas/Andress HS

Tristin Tuialuuluu OL 6-3 300 El Paso, Texas/Del Valle HS

Ricky Baker WR 6-0 175 Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy

Justin Garrett WR 5-11 185 Compton, Calif./Cerritos College

Andrew Nwachukwu WR 6-3 205 Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS

Jonathan Patrick WR 6-0 170 Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls

Savien Jenkins DT 6-0 275 Schertz, Texas/Clemens HS

Jenson Misaalefua DT 6-2 335 Carson, Calif./Carson HS

Trent Thompson DT 6-2 270 Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls

Praise Amaewhule DE 6-3 225 Katy, Texas/Katy Taylor HS

Nathan Logoleo DE 6-0 235 Garden Grove, Calif./Mater Dei

CJ Reese DE 6-2 250 San Antonio, Texas/Kansas State

Josh Caldwell DB 6-0 170 Norwalk, Calif./Cerritos College

Justin Prince DB 5-9 190 Inglewood, Calif./Long Beach City College

Ray Walters DB 6-0 170 Los Angeles, Calif./Locke HS

Cal Wallerstedt LB 6-0 225 Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge HS

Gavin Baechle K/P 6-1 160 McKinney, Texas/McKinney HS

Oscar Draguicevich P 5-11 185 Hutto, Texas/Austin CC

Ryan Warren LS 6-2 175 Gilbert, Ariz./Perry HS

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