PrepNewMexico.com has learned that Rio Rancho high school offensive lineman Josh Baggett received an offer from The University of New Mexico tonight and committed to the Lobos. UNM OL coach Ron Hudson called while Josh was doing homework at 7:15 pm this evening and extended the offer to the 6'4, 305lb center.
Josh quickly decided to committ. "I've wanted to be a Lobo all along and so it was an easy decision. I've waited so long for this offer and I'm really excited; it's hard to explain," he says. Baggett, who is the anchor on one of New Mexico's top offensive lines at Rio Rancho, was receiving heavy interest from numerous schools all across the country, but tells PrepNewMexico that recruiting is over for him and his committment to New Mexico is solid.
The Baggett family is rich in football tradition, having had numerous college level players. In addition, Josh spent some time in Texas. We asked him what he thought about the talent level he faces every week in New Mexico, considering his large basis for comparison. " New Mexico football is defnitely underated. There is good football played here."
Josh is the second OL on his own team to committ to UNM. (Alex Oluyitan being the first). The newest New Mexico Lobo was very excited that he and his teammate would get the chance to play together at UNM.
Scout's Take: Standing 6'3.5-6'4 and 305, Josh is a perfectly built interior offensive lineman. He has a very strong lower body which will help him hold ground against DT's. In addition Josh brings a nastiness to the table that it seems most good interior lineman have. Technique wise, Josh has been exposed to numerous techniques and is very sound at all of them.
Josh will likely play center at UNM but is very capable of playing OG as well and has the physical make up to come in and provide depth right away to a thin Lobos offensive line. After talking with Josh and his father you can just tell that getting the offer and opportunity to play for his in state school meant a whole lot to him. This is a young man who is incredibly excited to be a lobo and Lobo fans should be just as excited to get a prospect of his caliber.
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