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New Mexico defends recruiting policies after Addison re-commits to B-CU

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Thu. January 27, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

New Mexico defends recruiting policies after Addison re-commits to B-CU

Following what his coach characterized as a disastrous flirtation with the University of New Mexico, Spoto three-way star Nick Addison has reaffirmed his commitment to Bethune-Cookman.

Spartans coach Dale Caparaso confirmed Addison's re-commitment Thursday. Addison, who committed to B-CU last fall, re-opened his recruitment and visited New Mexico last weekend, but Caparaso said the Lobos rescinded their offer after Addison and his mother made the cross-country flight to Albuquerque.

"They brought him out there and knew they were going to pull the scholarship," Caparaso said in a text message to the Times. "New Mexico paid for his trip. His mother paid for her trip. Pretty poor way of doing business. We all were shocked."

Lobos coach Mike Locksley, in a phone interview Thursday with the Times, staunchly defended his program's recruiting practices. While NCAA rules prohibit Locksley from speaking specifically about an unsigned recruit, he said all Lobos recruits are informed by letter that the scholarship offer is "based on availability."

Additionally, Locksley said, each position has a specific number of offer slots. Once those slots are filled, recruits at that position likely won't get a scholarship unless a spot is unfilled at another position. Making things tougher for the Lobos, Locksley said, is that New Mexico is in the final year of NCAA probation and limited to only 21 scholarships this winter.

Recruits who choose to wait or make late visits are taking a risk. "It is basically first-come, first-serve," Locksley said.

It is believed the available slots for Addison's position -- defensive back -- were filled over the weekend.

"We don't bring anybody out without intentions of offering. Why would we waste our own money?" Locksley said. "Once that slot's filled it's filled. Every kid has the ability to call or make a commitment. ... I describe it like musical chairs. We've got three people around one chair and the first one that sits gets it."

New Mexico's 2010 roster featured four bay area players: QB Tarean Austin (Hillsborough), DB A.J. Butler (St. Petersburg Catholic), OG Mike Cannon (Durant) and FB Josh Fussell (Durant). Robinson LB Tevin Newman has committed and will sign with the Lobos on Wednesday. 

Addison is expected to sign with B-CU on Wednesday afternoon at the school.

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