UTEP welcomed in two new linebackers and a tight end to start camp in 2016. Linebackers Makana Fraser and Dante Lovilotte arrive in Ruidoso for camp from the JC route. Fraser, from Phoenix College in Arizona, is a native of Keaau High School in Hawaii. Lovilotte comes from Port Arthur Memorial by way of Kilgore College. We can argue about which surfing spot is better later. Fraser is 6'2 and 220 pounds according to the Phoenix website. He was a 5'11, 190 pound defensive lineman in high school. Lovilotte is a thumper at 6'0, 220.
The interesting find might be Tight End Kent Taylor. Sean Kugler loves him a tight end, the cousin of the lineman. Taylor started his career at the University of Florida out of Land O' Lakes, Florida. He transferred to Kansas after the 2013 campaign. It appears he was following Charlie Weiss from Gainesville to Lawrence. Weiss recruited Taylor to Florida then left after Taylor signed to take the head gig at Kansas. Taylor went to Kansas, sat out, and before he could play, Weiss was fired. Let that be a lesson kids, never follow Charlie Weiss. Anywhere.
Taylor was considered the highest rated player at the tight end position out of high school. Taylor caught 15 passes for the Jayhawks last season. Reports were that Taylor was heading to USF to end his career, but he's at UTEP according to reports.