Three re­cruits re­ceive of­fers

Bob­cats hosted 66 play­ers dur­ing their sec­ond ju­nior day.

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

Texas State held its sec­ond ju­nior day of the spring, host­ing 66 re­cruits Satur­day who took a tour around the Bob­cats’ foot­ball fa­cil­ity and watched a prac­tice.

Three re­cruits left ju­nior day with schol­ar­ship of­fers, which makes 11 to­tal of­fers that have gone out for the 2018 cy­cle.

“Any­time we can get them on our cam­pus is good, whether the prac­tice is good or not,” coach Everett Withers said. “Get­ting them on cam­pus and get­ting them around where we are is good. The thing we try to do is show them who we are.

“I’m not bash­ful about coach­ing real hard or any­thing when they are here be­cause when they get here, it’s go­ing to be that way any­way. So if mom and dad are here with them, that’s cool with me. That’s the way it’s go­ing to be. We are very trans­par­ent, and that’s what we do.”

Abi­lene Wylie quar­ter­back Stacy Con­ner, who holds nine Di­vi­sion I of­fers and com­mit­ted to Texas State last fall, was in at­ten­dance. He said he re­mains a firm pledge to the Bob­cats.

“It’s a bless­ing to be re­cruited, but I’m still firmly com­mit­ted to Texas State,” Con­ner said. “It’s fam­ily here. I like the move­ment that coach Withers has go­ing on.”

Con­ner is one of three 2018 com­mit­ments for the Bob­cats, along with San Mar­cos guard Alex Cos­tilla and Wax­a­hachie tackle Jack York. Both York and Cos­tilla pledged af­ter at­tend­ing the Bob­cats’ first ju­nior day.

Base­ball win streak ends: Texas State’s five-game win­ning streak ended Tues­day with a 9-3 loss at home to Texas A&M.

Teddy Hoff­man hit his team-lead­ing eighth home run of the sea­son in the third in­ning, giv­ing the Bob­cats (169) a 3-1 lead. But the of­fense went cold af­ter that, as the Ag­gies didn’t sur­ren­der an­other hit af­ter the fifth in­ning.

“(A&M) kept of­fen­sive pres­sure on us, and they had great at-bats the last six to nine outs of the game,” Bob­cats coach Ty Har­ring­ton said. “Ev­ery once in a while, you get punched in the stom­ach. Just told the team that when you do that, when you get punched in the stom­ach, it’s what you do the next day.”

Texas State, which is 5-1 in the Sun Belt, re­turns to con­fer­ence play this week­end, host­ing Arkansas State (12-2, 2-4) for a three-game se­ries.

Soft­ball falls to Ag­gies: The soft­ball team fell at home for the first time this sea­son Wed­nes­day, a 5-1 loss to No. 7-ranked Texas A&M.

The Bob­cats (24-6, 7-1 Sun Belt), who now are 8-1 at home, had won 12 of their past 13 games. They jump back into con­fer­ence play this week­end when they host Ge­or­gia State (22-11, 7-2) in a three-game se­ries.

The Bob­cats are in sec­ond place in the Sun Belt; the Pan­thers are in third.

QB Stacy Con­ner said he’s still a firm pledge to the Bob­cats.

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