East Texas now has 15 identified FBS prospects in its Class of 2016.

Marshall's Micahh Smith reported Wednesday that Texas State became the first NCAA Division I school to present him a college football scholarship opportunity.

Smith (5-11, 185) split time for the Mavericks as a safety and as an outside linebacker last season. He participated at the ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine as a defensive back Sunday.

In addition to getting his height and weight verified at the event, the defender tied for the second-best vertical jump of all invited prospects at 38.6 inches. His max height vertical was measured as 11 feet, eighth-best among all participants.

Smith also put up 17 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press, a tie for eighth within the combine's quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs groups.

Furthermore, the new Bobcats target turned in a 40-yard dash time of 4.79 seconds and a pro agility time of 4.35 seconds. Both events were laster-timed.

Texas State, a Sun Belt Conference program located in San Marcos, entered the picture on the heels of achieving bowl eligibility in back-to-back seasons. An impressive start for a team entering its fourth year within the FBS.

A goal for head coach Dennis Franchione in his fifth consecutive season with the Bobcats will be to earn the program's first bowl game invitation.

Franchione previously served as the university's coach from 1990 through 1991. He spent the intermediate time leading New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M prior to a four-year hiatus from coaching.

Marshall will attempt its own breakthroughs this campaign.

The historically strong program reached the second round of the playoffs last season and has increased its win total by 200 percent or more each year since 2012. It last survived beyond Thanksgiving in 2009.

Smith might not be the lone Mavericks player with college football attention for long.

Teammate Antonio Washington won Defensive Most Valuable Player and Defensive Line Most Valuable Player titles at the combine. Five other Marshall prospects accepted invitations to the event.

Class of 2016 prospects will become eligible to sign National Letters of Intent on Feb. 3.

 

2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
  • Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
  • Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
  • Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Texas Tech (2)
  • Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
  • La’Darius Hamilton, LB, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 220 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offers from SMU, ULL (2)
  • Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, California, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (38)
  • Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
  • Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State (4)
  • Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — offers from Missouri, Texas State (2)
  • Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-6, 207 — offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM (9)
  • Micahh Smith, DB, Marshall, 5-11, 185 — offer from Texas State (1)
  • Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 6-0, 190 — offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas State (4)
  • Andre Wiley Jr., OLB/S, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – committed to Arkansas State; additional offers from Louisiana Tech, Navy (3)