The UTEP Miners performed a bit of a coup on Tuesday, scoring an oral commitment from North Mesquite defensive tackle Marcus Bagley.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2010 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3.
Bagley is a big dude. At 6 feet 2 inches tall and 305 pounds, he is a star in the weight room too. Bagley has a 350-pound bench press and 500-pound squat.
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He was recruited by high-profile programs such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and actually received his first of two offers from Wisconsin last month.
So it's a bit surprising that the junior chose UTEP, a member of Conference USA, got Bagley over Wisconsin, a perennial frontrunner in the Big Ten.
"It's kind of close to home and my family can come see me play," Bagley told The Dallas Morning News. "And it's an up-and-coming program."
Well, I don't know how close to home it really is. It's a near-9 1/2-hour drive according to Google Maps, or an 8 1/2-day walk. But compared to Madison, Wisc., I guess it is close to home.