Bob Davie encourages having in state athletes

Bob Davie
In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, photo, New Mexico football head coach Bob Davie speaks to reporters at University Stadium as the NCAA college football team prepares for the New Mexico Bowl matchup with Arizona. Davie has New Mexico in its first bowl game in nearly a decade and is in his first post-season appearance since 2000 when he was Notre Dame's head coach. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. (KRQE)- 2016 Lobo Football is now upon us, as practices start on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. The Lobos hope to add on to a great season last year, and prove preseason prognosticators wrong, as they picked the Lobos to finish 5th in the Mountain Division this year.

The Lobos went out this off-season and signed quite a few good in state athletes. They got Cleveland Storm stars Marcus Williams and Gabe Ortega, but most notably highly recruited Valley High School Athlete Teton Saltes. Coach Davie loves the aspect of having New Mexico kids on his team.

“If we can keep them here and we can develop the ones that come maybe through the walk on program that definitely helps us. You know we have 25 players on our roster from the state of New Mexico,” said Coach Bob Davie.

It would be nice to keep all of the top athletes coming out of New Mexico, but realistically that is pretty hard to do. Great examples are Henry Hattis going to Stanford and both Zach Gentry and O’Maury Samuels getting swayed by Coach Harbaugh at Michigan.

“I think the problem we have is when there is an outstanding top 100 type of recruit. They are all coming in (Other Schools) and it’s very competitive to keep them in state,” said Coach Bob Davie.

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