Posted On: 06/23/20 3:13 PM

New Mexico has always been an underutilized source of football talent. For some reason, the players in this state generally don’t receive the recognition they deserve (being geographically located next to the football-obsessed state of Texas is possibly a major factor) and continue to fly under the radar from a recruiting perspective.

In  Part 1 of a multi-part series, we highlight five 2021 prospects who are all poised for breakout seasons and deserve the opportunity to play at the next level:

Karsten Rueckner, 5-10, 175, Centennial (Las Cruces): One of the most dynamic two-way players in the state, Rueckner will likely become the new starting quarterback for Centennial and the headliner for a small Hawks senior class this upcoming season. Defensively, he had six interceptions as an all-state DB in 2019. Because of his increased offensive role, Rueckner may see fewer snaps on defense. Centennial is counting on him to make a lot of plays on offense, and he should be able to meet the demand.

Marcos Lopez, 6-1, 195 pounds, Las Cruces: The multi-faceted 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is arguably the top prep player in Las Cruces in unquestionably the most visible position: quarterback for the Bulldawgs. Last season he threw

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