The University of New Mexico football team has received another letter of intent from a high school student-athlete who will enroll in the program in the fall.
Jason Sanders, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound punter/kicker from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, Calif., has signed, raising the Lobos' 2014 recruiting class to 27.
Sanders was the Central League Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, averaging 45.04 yards per punt with a long of 74 yards. He also converted 7 of 12 field-goal attempts with a long of 51 yards, as well as 31 of 34 extra-point attempts. He had 38 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs for the Spartans, who were Central League co-champions and advanced to the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Southwest Division state championships.
As a junior in 2012, Sanders was a first-team All-Central League selection, as well as a second-team All-State punter. He averaged 45.89 yards per punt with a long of 77 yards and landed 20 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He made 8 of 15 field-goal attempts with a long of 47 yards and converted 43 of 46 PATs. Of his 81 kickoffs, 54 went for touchbacks. Villa Park went 12-2 in 2012 and advanced to the CIFSS Southwest Division championship game.
Sanders also was recruited by Washington, Utah, Virginia Tech and Colorado.