Texas pipeline continues to produce for WSU basketball team

Sep 16 2012 - 9:11pm

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Weber State has a verbal commitment from its second three-star basketball recruit in the past couple of weeks.

Jeremy Senglin, a 6-foot-1 guard from Arlington Bowie High School in Dallas, called WSU coach Randy Rahe's staff over the weekend to make his commitment, a source familiar with Senglin's recruitment confirmed.

Senglin, a high school senior who is expected to sign national letter of intent in November and join Weber State for the 2013-14 season, had offers from Nebraska, TCU, Air Force, Colorado State, Santa Clara, North Texas, Lehigh and Bucknell and was recruited by Texas Tech, according to various recruiting services.

Senglin has a reputation as a shooter and joins another Rivals.com three-star recruit who committed to Weber State the previous weekend, Richaud Gittens, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing from Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Ariz.,

Like true wildcatters, Weber State appears to have struck oil and built a Texas pipeline in recent seasons.

WSU's two incoming freshmen, forward/center Joel Bolomboy (Fort Worth) and forward Kyndahl Hill (Humble), are both from the Lone Star state, as is junior guard Jordan Richardson (Lewisville).

Homecoming game

The schedule doesn't get easier for Weber State's football team after its 35-21 loss to No. 19 McNeese State.

Next up is Eastern Washington, which was ranked No. 10 in last week's Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll after a 24-20 loss to Washington State the prior week. The Eagles will be rested and well-prepared, coming off a bye week, as they come to Ogden for Weber State's Homecoming game.

Weber State (0-3) is still looking for its first win. Interim head coach Jody Sears believes the Wildcats need to keep their confidence up.

"No hound-doggin', no kickin' rocks," Sears said. "There's no one to look at but the guy in the mirror. It starts with the coach, starts with the coaches, the captains, players, everybody. Exactly what are we doing, day in and day out?"

The Wildcats came up short in their first opportunity to gauge themselves against a fellow Football Championship Subdivision team.

"I knew if we beat McNeese State, we were going to have a really good team, because I knew they were really good," he said. "That was a good offensive line that we saw. That's a good football team. The quarterback made some throws I hadn't seen him make."

McNeese State led 35-7 before a pair of Weber State touchdown drives against the backups in the final four minutes and the Cowboys outgained the Wildcats by 300 yards, 557-257.

"We've got some work to do," Sears said. "I think it's a consistency thing. We've got talent. That was a good football team, they had good skill; we matched up with them fine. To me, it's just the consistency of the level of play and execution. It starts with the coaches, period."

That means a return to fundamentals in practice this week, Sears said.

Like Week 1 against Fresno State, Weber State trailed early against McNeese State, missed an opportunity to make things interesting in the second half.

The Wildcats scored on a 10-yard pass from Mike Hoke to Shaydon Kehano to cut a 14-0 deficit in half. Tony Epperson then forced a fumble that Danny Mullarkey recovered at McNeese State's 26-yard line to give WSU a short field with a chance to tie, but Hoke was intercepted on the next play and Cowboys running back Diontae Spencer put a dagger in Weber State's heart with a 91-yard touchdown run on the following play.

"When the pick was thrown, we weren't feeling bad or anything like that," junior safety Willie Okwuonu said. "We just didn't execute our technique."

The Wildcats did some uncharacteristic things Saturday, Sears said -- foolish penalties, dropped passes, not being in the right assignment in the run game.

"We can't do that," he said. "It goes back to our daily approach, our daily business. We're not going to cry and whine about this thing. We're going to pick ourselves up and take this thing head on; throw our shoulders back, put our chin in the air and use boldness."

No excuses, no complaints, Sears said. Just back to work today.

Roy Burton covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner. Follow @RoyBurton on Twitter, read more about the Wildcats at blogs.standard.net/wsu-sports-blog or reach him at rburton@standard.net.

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