For the past couple years, New Mexico has been home to Jordan Campbell and Abdul Kanneh.
Now both former Highlands Cowboys are hoping that Ohio will become the place they hang their football helmets.
Kanneh reportedly has accepted an invitation to rookie minicamp with the Cleveland Browns.
And as the Optic reported earlier this week, Jordan Campbell inked a deal to join the Cincinnati Bengals.
Both went undrafted in the NFL Draft last weekend but were among the first wave of players to draw interest in free agency.
The next test is rookie mini-camp, which opens in a few days. Campbell and Kanneh will have to make it through camp to have a shot at making the rosters. NFL teams progress through a series of cut days through the offseason.
Kanneh led NMHU with six interceptions, 16 pass breakups and three blocked kicks (all team highs) and made 67 tackles this past fall. He returned two picks for touchdowns, another team high, and had a long return of 90 yards. Kanneh (6-0, 180) is a defensive back from London.
Campbell had team highs in total tackles (104), tackles for loss (24), sacks (12) and forced fumbles (three). Campbell (5-11, 240) is a linebacker from Corona, Calif.
Highlands finished 8-3 under second-year coach Eric Young.