Cienega’s Caleb Kidney commits to Western New Mexico

The Tucson to Silver City, N.M., contingent of high school football players is getting larger.

Cienega receiver Caleb Kidney announced Thursday that he will continue his football career at Western New Mexico, joining teammates Hunter Schlagel, a defensive tackle, and Isaiah Webb, a linebacker, with the Mustangs next season.

Western New Mexico, an NCAA Division II program, already has nine players from Southern Arizona, including Webb’s brother Thomas, a safety.

“With the lack of exposure because of the season cut short (due to COVID-19), he felt this was a good opportunity,” said Caleb’s father Chris. “They have been looking at him the last couple of years and he can also be with his friends. He’s played with Hunter (in the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation) since they were 7 with the Wildcats.”

Caleb, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, is the 10th Cienega player to make a commitment or sign with a college.

The others are RB/S C.J. Flores (NAU), LB/RB Josiah Flores (Fort Lewis), RB Gabe Levy (Mary), WR/DB Charles Hamm III (Jamestown), DT Hunter Schlagel (Western New Mexico), LB Isaiah Webb (Western New Mexico), SS Sebastian Felix (Drake), C Andrew Husfelt (Washburn) and QB Ryan Swoger (South Dakota State).

Here is the list of the 34 local Class of 2021 players who have committed or signed:


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