El Paso is no longer considered a diamond in the rough when it comes to college football recruiting. The Sun City is officially on the map and Wednesday’s early signing period was proof of that.
Four local athletes, three of them out of Chapin High School, signing on the dotted line to play their college football at the Division I level.
The day began with Chapin defensive back Will Williams signing with Baylor University. Williams is the lone athlete signing to a Power-5 program during the early signing period. He registered 97 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions for the Huskies in 2018.
Welcome to the Aggie family @ogescobar!!
🖊 Lama Lavea
🏈 Defensive Lineman
📍 El Paso, Texas
🏫 Chapin High School#AggieUp #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/14XW5506v3— NM State Football (@NMStateFootball) December 19, 2018
Chapin defensive lineman Lama Lavea inked with New Mexico State University. Lavea tallied over 100 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season.
“The recruiting process was a tough process,” said Lavea. “I chose NMSU because I felt most comfortable there. I felt truly at home with NMSU.”
The final athlete to sign from Chapin was wide receiver Quintavius Workman. Workman, who has a long frame at 6’5, signed to play at UTEP after totaling 503 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his senior year at Chapin.
“We are getting ready to start a new era,” said Workman. “We have major recruits coming in, our coaches are amazing and they’re ready to turn this program around.”
.@khatiblyles is joining the #MeanGreenFamily! Khatib had 70 catches for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns and also added four more scores on the ground as a senior #F19HTClub #GMG pic.twitter.com/xt6KHlFJib— North Texas Football (@MeanGreenFB) December 19, 2018
The surprise of the day came out of Parkland High School. Wide receiver Khatib Lyles, who had multiple Power-5 offers, signed with North Texas. Lyles racked up over 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Matadors and turned down the likes of Utah, Texas Tech, Kansas, Indiana, UTEP, and New Mexico State.
With the early signing period in the books, college football programs will now look forward to National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 6.