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UTSA picks up three commitments

Spring games are advertised as a chance for fans to come see the team one time before the fall. It is an appetizer served up for alumni, students and boosters. It gives our football fix until the fall. For coaches, however, the spring game’s importance reaches much further. It reaches into the future. The spring game is about recruiting as much as it is about the football, and a coach telling you otherwise is selling wolf tickets.

UTSA is no different, at least not anymore. First-year head coach Frank Wilson proved it this weekend, scoring three new players for 2016 before noon on Saturday. It started at the prep level with cornerback Tay’lor Perry. The three-star from Crosby High School can flat run. Perry is the type of athlete UTSA wants inside the program. The Roadrunners need instant help and it came in tight end Jordan Jones and offensive tackle Jevonte Domond.

Jones is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end out of Gardner Webb. Originally from Florida, Jones was a backup tight end for the past two seasons after a stop at Fork Union Military Academy. He caught just five passes as a sophomore and junior while playing behind an All-American and All-Conference talent. Two of those catches are for touchdowns. Jones can play right away and adds depth at tight end.

Domond’s potential is unquestioned. At one point, he was the No. 1 rated JUCO offensive tackle in the nation. He committed to LSU and was set to be a part of the two-deep entering 2015 before an arrest for domestic battery. Those charges took place in May of 2015. He was reinstated before the 2015 season starts. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Domond could compete for a starting spot at either offensive tackle position in 2016.

UTSA already held a commitment from JUCO defensive back Jaylon Lane, making the current 2017 recruiting class four-men deep.