EDINBURG, Texas (ValleyCentral) – UTRGV Football continues to make strides as its inaugural 2025 season approaches.
The Vaqueros signed their first official signing class on national signing day, totaling 41 student-athletes. Of those 41, six are from the Rio Grande Valley.
It was a monumental day for Head Coach Travis Bush and his staff, and more signees are expected in the coming weeks.
“To be able to sit here, name and release by the end of the next couple of weeks over 70 young men that are ready to be a part of this program is phenomenal,” Bush said.
More athletes from the RGV signed their letter of intent after signing day. It was no surprise to the coaching staff as they prioritized recruiting in their own backyard.
Marco Regalado, UTRGV Running Backs Coach, said, “Everybody’s got their Valley area. We cover all those schools. We make sure there’s no stone unturned before we go out and start recruiting in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.”
Building toward the future is a common theme throughout the UTRGV Athletics Department. Since UTRGV broke ground for the Vaquero Performance Center in November, it’s been full steam ahead.
Starting a football program from scratch has its pitfalls, especially when it comes to recruiting. However, the Vaquero Performance Center aims at making the playing field even from day one.
“I think Coach summed it up best. It’s going to be one of the best in the country,” Chasse Conque, UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics, said. “It is about recruiting, and you have to have facilities and you have to have good people, and we’re blessed with both.”
While the facilities across campus continue to be updated or built, UTRGV football is still in search of its home on game days.
UTRGV has looked at options, such as HEB Park, former home of the RGV Toros, and McAllen Veterans Memorial Field.
“We still got a big few weeks in front of us to hopefully finalize our permanent home,” Conque said. “You mentioned Hidalgo county, obviously we’re going to play a game a year in Cameron County at Sam’s Stadium, so we’re excited to have our brand of football in both the upper Valley and lower Valley.”
Bush and his staff will continue the recruiting process. From day one, they want to establish an identity and culture for the UTRGV Football program.
A mantra the Vaquero program lives by is “win today.”
“We talk about ‘winning today’ in our program, and it’s just a mindset,” Bush said. “Waking up in the three-point stance every morning, ready to attack and be the best at whatever we’re doing, and that’s going to be the mindset no matter what we’re doing. If it’s practice, the weight room, the classroom, community service, that mindset is going to become who we are on a daily basis.”