The UTSA Roadrunners are fresh off of one of their best seasons in school history. UTSA finished with seven victories and five losses in 2020. This is the second-most wins in program history as they received their second-ever bowl bid. The success of the 2020 Roadrunners helped to encourage many talented high school athletes to bring their talent to San Antonio. So, let’s start reviewing UTSA’s 2021 Signing Class for more on the new Roadrunners.
The ‘Runners have really stepped up their recruiting game. Jeff Traylor was best known as being a world-class recruiter before becoming the head coach at UTSA. However, he never lost his roots and brought a top-tier class to the military city. UTSA was just recently ranked first in recruiting class in all of Conference USA for the 2021 season. This is a huge step in the right direction for the Roadrunners who were ranked ninth in recruiting in 2020. UTSA relied heavily on in-state talent, however, they received some of their best players by way of JUCO commits.
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UTSA signed many talented players this offseason. Overall, UTSA had signed 21 players to join their team for the 2021 season. However, the Roadrunners were clearly invested in revamping two parts of their team: the offensive and defensive line. UTSA signed ten players between the two lines. This is also where the majority of their signed talent lies. Jimmori Robinson, Ron Tatum, and Kamron Scott were the most talented players signed this offseason.
The Roadrunners were able to steal JUCO player Jimmori Robinson from South Carolina. Robinson is a three-star prospect coming out of Monroe Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. He quickly earned a reputation in Alexandria. Robinson is the fourth-ranked weak defensive end in the nation and the first ranked JUCO player in Virginia.
His addition to the Roadrunner’s defense will make them better against the run. UTSA gave up 163 rushing yards/game in 2020 as well as 1.3 rushing touchdowns. Robinson’s presence on the defensive line will surely help to keep opponents out of the endzone and force them to pass the ball.
Tatum is a stud of a strong defensive end coming out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college. He is the fourth-ranked strong defensive end in all of JUCO and is the first ranked JUCO player coming out of Oklahoma. Tatum had originally been with the Oklahoma Sooners before transferring to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. However, during his recruiting process, teams such as Alabama, Texas, Georgia, and Miami (FL) had all offered him.
Eventually, Tatum made his way to UTSA and will likely play on the other side of Robinson to wreak havoc on opposing ball carriers. UTSA ranked 41st in the nation in opponents’ points/game in 2020. This is the second-best average in the program’s history. UTSA will hope to build off of a solid 2020 defensive campaign with the help of Tatum and Robinson.
Scott is a Senior offensive tackle coming out of Judson High School in Converse, Texas. Scott is the 54th ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the 151st ranked player in Texas. He will likely play a big role in protecting quarterback Frank Harris’ blindside on rollouts. But do not overlook him in the run game. Scott will also aid in creating running lanes for former Judson alum Sincere McCormick.
Scott’s ability to get down the field and throw blocks on screen plays will help to set him apart from others. Although he is 302 pounds, the kid moves and will throw pancake blocks like it is nobody’s business. Watch out for number 65 under the Saturday lights.