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Locksley's Magic Works for Lobos

It didn't take long for New Mexico Coach Mike Locksley to start working his local recruiting magic for the Lobos.

Coolidge quarterback Emmanuel Yeager and wide receiver Derrell Person - both previously committed to other schools - have committed to play for New Mexico. Yesterday, DeMatha wide receiver Emmanuel McPhearson pledged to play for the Lobos; his older brother, Derrick, played for Locksley at Illinois.

While Coolidge Coach Jason Lane went to Ballou with Locksley and has maintained a relationship with him ever since, Lane said he was surprised by the choices of his players. Yeager previously had committed to Louisville, while Person had committed to Syracuse, although the Orange recently hired a new coach.

Yeager recently took an official visit to Albuquerque, but Person made his choice sight unseen and plans to make an official visit later this month, Lane said.

"It was a surprise to me when I spoke to Yeager and he told me he was speaking to Locksley," Lane said. "Locksley came in and he spoke with the guys. I don't know what he said to make them make that decision. But it's the decision they made and it was solely on their own and one they have to live with. [New] Mexico is not like the States. It's a different scneario in New Mexico. But it's the decision they decided to make and I'm going to help them in any way to get there and be successful.

"I'm sure [Locksley] will get some more area kids down there because he's been successful with this area wherever he has been."

Elsewhere, Gonzaga Coach Joe Reyda said that offensive lineman Mark Rehbein, who is 6-7 and 300 pounds, has committed to play for Elon.

By Josh Barr  | January 14, 2009; 6:14 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Derrell Person, Emmanuel Yeager, Mark Rehbein, Mike Locksley  
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"But it's the decision they made and it was solely on their own and one they have to live with. [New] Mexico is not like the States. It's a different scneario in New Mexico."

Did I read this right? This guy doesn't know that NEW Mexico is a state? Don't you guys teach geography in 3rd or 4th grade over there? Aren't your football coaches also teachers? WOW...sad, but not surprising. Great job guys, great job.

Posted by: nmstorm | January 14, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! At least the players committing to UNM will know geography better than their high school coach. And we wonder what is wrong with the education system in America?

Hey coach, make sure Yeager, Person, and McPhearson don't forget their passports!

Posted by: pcj505 | January 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah nmstorm, I thought the same thing you did. I'm hoping Lane just stumbled over his words (Albuquerque and the Southwest in general IS different than the East Coast), but he sure sounds like a capital-I idiot here.

Posted by: gocaps2 | January 14, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This will definitely hurt Maryland football recruiting.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 14, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Coach Lane didn't misspeak. He's just an idiot as gocaps already said.

I sincerely hope Coach Lane isn't a high school teacher. And we wonder why U.S. students continue to lag behind their counterparts in other developed countries.

The coach is correct when he says "Mexico is not like the States." NEWS FLASH: These kids are coming to New Mexico (the 47th state) where they will find paved roads, indoor plumbing, and grass playing fields.

Posted by: bugmn | January 15, 2009 2:36 AM | Report abuse

This coach needs to go back to school and learn his geography. Does he know where the first settlement is located (No not in VA), does he know where the oldest seat of Government is (probably not). Proud to be a New Mexican living in Northern VA!

Posted by: MVigil8669 | January 15, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Barr, does this Lane guy really not know New Mexico is a State? Barr, do you know New Mexico is a State? Dang, there are some pretty ignorant people out there.

Posted by: archsteve | January 15, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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