Fresno State has 45 known offers out to uncommitted recruits and 15 of which have been made to Texas prospects. With a bigger emphasis on offers going to recruits from the Lone Star State, the Bulldogs could be in for a bigger Texas class in 2014, further developing the pipeline.
After DeRuyter's first rushed recruiting class contained no Texas recruits, he has landed five commits from Texas over the last two classes. Four of the five commits came on the defensive side of the ball thanks to the recruiting efforst of former Texas A&M staff members Tim DeRuyter, Nick Toth, and Jordan Peterson.
In the 2013 class, the Bulldogs landed safety Randon Knotts and kicker Colin McGuire. McGuire quickly came in as the team's starting kicker. Knotts took a redshirt year and impressed this spring as at safety and as a possible nickel back or even an outside linebacker according to DeRuyter. Both Knotts and McGuire came from Austin, Texas.
Fresno State will have three incoming Texas recruits coming from the class of 2014. The first commit of the class was outside linebacker Tobenna Okeke of Missouri City. Two promising defensive backs from the area committed later on. Malcolm Washington of Houtson who was largely recruited as a receiver will come in at corner. Anthoula "Tank" Kelly of Galena Park is also headed to Fresno State at CB.
The Bulldogs are putting a bigger emphasis in recruiting Texas for the class of 2015 and that includes more players on the offensive side of the ball as well. Of the 15 offers, 8 have gone to offensive recruits with 7 to defensive recruits.
As Fresno State puts more emphasis on recruiting the Lone Star State, so will we here at Bulldog Playbook. Stay tuned for more updates from Texas targets coming in July.