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UTSA makes a late addition to its 2020 recruiting class

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We’re getting closer to 2021 recruits officially signing with their new schools (maybe), but UTSA is still adding to its 2020 football class.

Thursday, UTSA football confirmed the signing Je’Vaun Dabon as part of its recruiting class this cycle. The defensive back comes to the Roadrunners from Cy Ridge High School in Houston.

247Sports.com has Dabon rated as a three-star 2020 recruit.  Only three signees in the Conference USA school’s class this year are rated higher than the safety.

From the school’s release:

Dabon starred as a 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston. Despite playing in only three games as a senior, Dabon posted 19 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble for the Rams in 2019. He registered 44 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions and was named first-team all-district as a junior.

In addition to this year’s class for UTSA, the program has also added a handful of Football Bowl Subdivision transfers.  Included in that are Houston wide receiver Julon Williams (HERE), Oklahoma defensive end Ron Taum Jr. (HERE), UMass wide receiver Brennon Dingle (HERE) and New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins (HERE).

UTSA is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign.  That led to Frank Wilson being fired in December and Jeff Traylor being hired a week later.

Oklahoma State transfer JayVeon Cardwell gets immediate eligibility at UTSA

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UTSA football will realize an immediate benefit for one of its offseason additions.  Provided there is a 2020 college football season, of course.

Late last year, Jayveon Cardwell opted to leave Oklahoma State and enter the NCAA transfer database.  Later on in the offseason, Cardwell decided to transfer into the UTSA football program. This week, the defensive back confirmed on Twitter that he has been granted immediate eligibility with the Roadrunners.

No reason for the unexpected waiver was given.

“Blessed to say I have been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA!” Cardwell tweeted. “Thankful for @UTSAFTBL and the coaching staff as we start building upon this upcoming season!”

Cardwell was a three-star signee for the Cowboys in 2018.  On the 247Sports.com composite, he was rated as the No. 52 cornerback in the country and the No. 78 recruit regardless of position in the state of Texas.  Other Power Five offers included Colorado, Duke, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

As a true freshman, Cardwell appeared in one game.  This past season, he played in three. The defensive back didn’t record any stats in any of his appearances.

UTSA is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign.  That led to Frank Wilson being fired in December and Jeff Traylor being hired a week later.

UTSA confirms signing of highest-rated signee in Houston’s 2018 recruiting class

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UTSA has officially bolstered its football roster via the transfer portal.  Again.

In late June, Julon Williams committed to the UTSA football program.  The Houston wide receiver had entered the NCAA transfer database earlier that same month. Monday, the Roadrunners confirmed Williams’ addition to the football team.

Williams won’t be coming to UT-San Antonio football as a graduate transfer.  As a result, he’ll have to sit out the 2020 season for the Roadrunners.  Barring an unlikely waiver, of course.  That will leave the receiver two years of eligibility starting in 2021.

Williams was a three-star member of the Houston football Class of 2018.  He was also the highest-rated signee for the Cougars that cycle.

The production on the field, however, failed to match that recruiting pedigree.  In two seasons, the Converse, Texas, native played in just two games.  Both of those appearances came as a true freshman.

In that limited action, Williams caught three passes for 61 yards.

As noted in its release, Williams is the younger brother of Jarveon Williams, UTSA’s career rushing leader who played in 2013-16.  The elder Williams brother is also currently a graduate assistant at UTSA.

UTSA is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign.  That led to Frank Wilson being fired in December and Jeff Traylor being hired a week later.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Johnny Manziel leaving Manning Passing Academy and denying his illness was a hangover

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 14, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Conference USA athletic directors have reportedly discussed trading schools with other leagues
THE SYNOPSIS: Most notably, this would’ve involved a realignment that included the Sun Belt Conference.  In the midst of the pandemic, chatter over some sort realignment between the two Group of Fives is still bubbling.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Oregon dismisses star WR Darren Carrington two weeks after DUII arrest
THE SYNOPSIS: This was a significant blow to the Ducks offense.  The year before, Carrington’s 606 yards receiving last year were tops on the team, while his five receiving touchdowns were tied for first.  His 43 catches were second on the team. Carrington subsequently moved on to Utah. After one season with the Utes, Carrington went undrafted.  He signed with Dallas in August of 2018.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Reports of Tom Herman meeting with Baylor labeled ‘completely ridiculous and absolutely false’
THE SYNOPSIS: Then the head coach at Houston, Herman was mentioned as a possible replacement for the disgraced Art Briles.  The Bears job, though, ultimately went to Matt Rhule.  Herman, meanwhile, took the head job at Texas four months later.

2014

THE HEADLINE: CFP unveils new title trophy
THE SYNOPSIS: The College Football Playoff replaced the BCS starting with the 2014 campaign.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Will Muschamp faces hot-seat talk head-on
THE SYNOPSIS: With a 6-5 record at the time, Muschamp was fired by Florida with a game left in the 2014 regular season. A little over a year later, South Carolina hired the Auburn defensive coordinator as its head coach.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Johnny Manziel leaves Manning Academy early; camp denies report of hangover
THE SYNOPSIS: Johnny Football, y’all!

2011

THE HEADLINE: Georgia Tech to vacate ’09 ACC title, placed on four years probation
THE SYNOPSIS: The sanctions revolved around college football players receiving impermissible benefits.

2010

THE HEADLINE: Vandy’s Bobby Johnson retires from coaching; Robbie Caldwell named interim coach
THE SYNOPSIS: That move opened the door for “turkey inseminating crew” to enter the college football lexicon.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Arkansas St. CB Shot, Booted From Team
THE SYNOPSIS: Get shot AND dismissed?  That’s a rough day.  Of course, Paul Stephens was shot while allegedly burglarizing a residence, so there’s that.

UTSA is the landing spot for Houston transfer WR Julon Williams, the highest-rated Cougar signee in 2018

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The UTSA football has been very adept at using the transfer portal to bolster its roster the past couple of months.

In early May, UMass wide receiver Brennon Dingle officially signed with the UTSA football team.  Late last month, Oklahoma defensive end Ron Taum Jr. committed to the Conference USA school.

A month after Tatum’s commitment, Julon Williams did the same via Twitter.  The Houston wide receiver had entered the NCAA transfer database earlier this month.

Williams won’t be coming to UTSA football as a graduate transfer.  As a result, he’ll have to sit out the 2020 season for the Roadrunners.  Barring an unlikely waiver, of course.  That will leave the receiver two years of eligibility starting in 2021.

Williams was a three-star member of the Houston football Class of 2018.  He was also the highest-rated signee for the Cougars that cycle.

The production on the field, however, failed to match that recruiting pedigree.  In two seasons, the Converse, Texas, native played in just two games.  Both of those appearances came as a true freshman.

In that limited action, Williams caught three passes for 61 yards.

UTSA is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign.  That led to Frank Wilson being fired in December and Jeff Traylor being hired a week later.