Bob­cats pick up help for O-line

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Keff Ciardello Amer­i­can-States­man Cor­re­spon­dent

One of the foot­ball team’s big­gest is­sues that Everett Withers has faced has been re­vamp­ing its of­fen­sive line. Sev­eral line­men, in­clud­ing some starters, left the pro­gram for var­i­ous rea­sons be­fore Withers’ first sea­son in 2016.

Field­ing a de­pleted line, Texas State saw quar­ter­back Tyler Jones sacked 37 times in 11 games — he was sacked only 18 times in 12 games in 2015 — and he rushed for mi­nus-8 yards af­ter gain­ing nearly 1,400 over his first three years.

This has not gone un­no­ticed by the coach­ing staff.

The Bob­cats signed five of­fen­sive line­men in 2017 and have two com­mit­ments for 2018 in Wax­a­hachie tackle Jack York, who pledged last month, and San Mar­cos guard Alex Cos­tilla, who pledged this week.

“It’s a fam­ily at­mos­phere, and they gen­uinely care about you as a per­son, not just a player,” Cos­tilla said. “They have meet­ings that teach you how be a man be­fore a foot­ball player, and I liked that a lot.”

The 6-4, 305-pound guard is a three-star prospect on 247Sports’ com­pos­ite rat­ings. He’s Texas State’s third 2018 pledge, join­ing York and Wylie quar­ter­back Stacy Con­ner.

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