LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head football coach Matt Wells announced his fourth signing class on Wednesday, as part of National Signing Day. The class, which includes 20 total players, is comprised of 16 high school athletes and four junior college transfers. Of those 20 signees, three are mid-year transfers who are already enrolled at Utah State, in addition to five early enrollees out of high school. And finally, three members of this year's class will serve a two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at USU.
The state of Utah produced the most signees with seven, including three from Cache Valley, followed by five players from California, four players from Florida, two players from Washington, and one player each from Hawaii and Oklahoma.
"We are really excited about this signing class and the young men who will represent Utah State University both on and off the football field," said Wells. "What impresses me the most when I look at this group as a whole is the overall length and athleticism we were able to sign."
The greatest emphasis in Wells' fourth recruiting class was at linebacker, wide receiver and on the offensive line as Utah State signed four student-athletes at each position. The Aggies rounded out the 2016 class with three defensive backs, two running backs, one quarterback, one defensive end and one tight end.
"We met many needs with this group, especially at linebacker, wide receiver and on the offensive line," said Wells. "We also were able to identify several players who will be able to come in and compete for immediate playing time."
In all, Utah State's 2016 class includes 12 recruits on offense and eight defensive players.
"Another aspect of our recruiting that was met was emphasizing the state of Utah and our mission program," said Wells. "The state of Utah has always been and always will be our number one priority, as well as our mission kids and our Polynesian connections, and all three of those areas were met with productive numbers."
Eight new players are already attending classes at Utah State in junior wide receiver Alex Byers, junior offensive lineman Sean Taylor, sophomore cornerback Antonio Cole, freshman offensive lineman Demytrick Ali'ifua, freshman defensive end Caden Andersen, freshman quarterback Jordan Love, freshman offensive lineman Viliamu McMoore and freshman safety Zach Swenson.
The national letter-of-intent signing period for football began on Wednesday, Feb. 3 and concludes on Friday, April 1.
High School Signees
Junior College Signees
* - Will serve a two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at Utah State.
^ - Is enrolled at Utah State for the 2016 spring semester.
Demytrick Ali'ifua - Duh-me-trick Ah-lee-ee-foo-uh
Makiah Gilmer - Muh-kie-uh
Rayshad Lewis - Ray-shad
Simian Matagi - Sim-ee-un Ma-tah-gee
Viliamu McMoore - Vil-ee-ah-mooh
Ron'Quavion Tarver - Ron-kway-V-un
Justus Te'i - Tay-ee
Morian Walker, Jr. - Moore-e-un
OL • 6-3 • 280 • FR • HS • San Leandro, Calif. (San Leandro HS)
High School: Earned California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) all-Foothill League first-team honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman as a prep senior at San Leandro (Calif.) High School as he recorded 31 pancake blocks on offense and notched 19 tackles (13-solo, 6-assist) on defense, to go along with two quarterback hurries... Helped San Leandro HS to a Foothill League Championship during his senior season after posting a 5-0 record as the Pirates averaged 209.5 rushing yards and scored 52 total touchdowns... Played in the Polynesian All-American Bowl... Also wrestled, played baseball and was a member of the track & field team in high school.
Personal: Son of Mila and Ituala Ali'ifua... Has three brothers and two sisters... Brother, Ricky, is a senior defensive end on Utah State's football team... Is currently enrolled at Utah State and undeclared on a college major... Name is pronounced Duh-me-trick Ah-lee-ee-foo-uh.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Demytrick Ali'ifua: "Demytrick is a strong and powerful two-way player that performed well in our camp. Obviously, family connections were important here, as well, with his brother Ricky already a member of our team."
DE • 6-3 • 280 • FR • HS • Logan, Utah (Logan HS)
High School: Earned Utah Class 4A first-team all-state honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News as a prep junior and was the Region 5 Defensive Line MVP as he accumulated 94 tackles (32 solo, 62 assists) and 3.0 sacks, while forcing three fumbles and recovering one in helping Logan (Utah) High School win the 4A state championship... Was the top tackler in 4A among all defensive linemen... Earned first-team all-region honors as a sophomore and was an all-valley selection as both a sophomore and junior... Also lettered four years in lacrosse... A member of the honor roll... Did not play during his senior season due to injury.
Personal: One of four children of Roger and Mindy Andersen... Served a two-year LDS Church Mission in Detroit, Mich... Is already enrolled at Utah State and plans on majoring in business administration... His uncle, Dennis Wildman, was a linebacker at Utah State from 1986-88.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Caden Andersen: "Caden is a tough, interior defensive lineman, who should contribute immediately."
WR • 6-2 • 175 • JR • JC • Riverview, Fla. (Spoto HS/Antelope Valley JC)
Junior College: Earned California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Region IV First-Team All-America honors and was named a Southern California Football Association (SCFA) American Pacific League first-team selection following his sophomore season at Antelope Valley (Calif.) Junior College as he set school records in receiving touchdowns (12) and receiving yards (1,072), which ranked fifth in the state... Led the American Pacific Conference in receiving yards per game (107.2) and tied for the lead in touchdowns (12)... As a sophomore, he caught 56 passes for 1,072 yards (107.2 ypg/19.1 ypc) and 12 touchdowns in 10 games... He had career highs of 11 receptions and 190 yards, while tying his season-high with two touchdown catches at Desert JC... Also returned two kickoffs for 86 yards, including a season-long of 69 yards, as part of a career-high 276 all-purpose yards against Desert JC as he earned American Pacific Conference All-Purpose Player of the Week honors... During his sophomore season, he had seven 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard all-purpose game... Overall, he had four games with two receiving touchdowns and six games with at least five receptions... Had a season-long reception of 55 yards against West Los Angeles JC... Was part of an offense that ranked second in the American Pacific Conference with 297.5 passing yards per game... Also returned 17 kickoffs as a sophomore for 284 yards (16.7 ypr)... As a freshman in 2013, he played in 10 games and recorded 23 receptions for 398 yards (39.8 ypg/17.3 ypc) and six receiving touchdowns, while also returning 14 kickoffs for 496 yards (35.4 ypr) and three touchdowns... Recorded a career-high three touchdowns against Glendale CC as a freshman with one receiving touchdown and two touchdown returns... During his two years at Antelope Valley JC he had 79 receptions for 1,470 yards (73.5 ypg/18.6ypc) with 18 touchdowns, and returned 18 kickoffs for 780 yards (25.2 ypr) with three touchdowns.
High School: Had 11 catches for 434 yards (39.5 ypc) and three touchdowns as a prep senior at Spoto High School in Riverview, Fla., as he helped the Spartans advanced to the playoffs for the first time in program history... As a senior, he had season highs of four catches for 192 yards (48.0 ypc) and three touchdowns against Sickles HS, while also returning an interception for a touchdown in the same game... Also had a season-long 76-yard catch against Palmetto HS... As a senior defensive back, he recorded 40 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack... Earned MVP honors in Florida All-Star Game... Also played baseball in high school.
Personal: One of three children of Wayne and Jacqueline Byers... His brother, Wayne, played college football at Bethune-Cookman... Is already enrolled at Utah State and majoring in sociology... Has a daughter, Anylah... Was also offered by UAB, Georgia State, New Mexico, South Alabama and Texas State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Alex Byers: "Alex has good height and length, and is able to high-point a football. We are excited about Alex's future as he will compete for immediate playing time this spring."
CB • 6-1 • 175 • SO • JC • Edmond, Okla. (Edmond North HS/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)
Junior College: Earned honorable mention all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors following his freshman season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., as he recorded 18 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, while adding three pass breakups... Recorded a season-high six tackles in back-to-back games against Navarro JC and Kilgore JC... Played on a defense that ranked third in the conference, allowing just 211.0 passing yards per game... A member of the Dean's List.
High School: Earned Oklahoma Class 6A-I District 2 all-state honors following his senior season at Edmond North High School as he recorded 49 tackles, intercepted seven passes and had three pass breakkups... Added four touchdown receptions on offense and set the single-game school record with 291 receiving yards... Played in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star Game... Also competed in track & field and set the school record in the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 9 inches.
Personal: One of three children of Antonio Sr. and Davone Cole... Is already enrolled at Utah State and majoring in marketing... Also offered by Arkansas State, Colorado State, Texas State, Toledo and Tulsa.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Antonio Cole: "Antonio is a long defensive back that has good change of direction, and we are excited about his size at the cornerback position. He will compete for playing time immediately this spring."
CB • 6-1 • 180 • FR • HS • Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita HS)
High School: Earned second-team all-King County 2A/3A District 7 honors at cornerback as a prep senior at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash., as he recorded 58 tackles, which included 1.0 tackles for loss, to go along with five interceptions... Offensively, had six receptions for 104 yards and two rushes for eight yards... Also returned four punts for 90 yards and one touchdown, and four kickoffs for 65 yards... Recorded 35 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, to go along with one interception as a junior, and added 17 tackles and two forced fumbles as a sophomore... Also competed in track & field and placed third at the state championship in the 200m as a junior... Earned Rotary Club Student of the Month honors during his senior year.
Personal: One of three sons of Acacia Gilmer... First name is pronounced Muh-kie-uh... Also held offers from Idaho, Montana State, Portland State and UNLV.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Makiah Gilmer: "Makiah is a long and athletic defensive back with good height for his position. He has great hips and our coaches loved what they saw from him in our camp last summer."
WR • 5-10 • 160 • FR • HS • Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore HS)
High School: Earned Florida Class 5A first-team all-state honors at cornerback as a prep senior at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Fla., as he helped his team to a 14-1 record and the 5A state championship, its first since 1970... Was also named a 2015 Max Preps Medium Schools First-Team All-American, a Max Preps Second-Team All-American, and the Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Iron Man Player of the Year... Is the No. 11-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel's 2016 Central Florida Super60 and No. 55-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel's 2016 Florida Top 100... Intercepted seven passes as a defensive back during the regular season and caught seven touchdowns passes during five playoff games as he did not play wide receiver during the regular season... Had seven catches for 94 yards with two touchdowns, four rushes for 33 yards, and three kickoff returns for 112 yards as he racked up 239 all-purpose yards in the state championship game... Had seven interceptions as a defensive back during his junior campaign.
Personal: Son of Ray Lewis and Tatyana McCall... Has three brothers and two sisters... Brother, Ray Lewis III, plays football at Coastal Carolina... First name is pronounced Ray-shad... Father is former NFL All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, who was an All-American at Miami and a Super Bowl MVP with the Baltimore Ravens.... Was also offered by Appalachian State, Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Idaho, Old Dominion, Toledo and Massachusetts.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Rayshad Lewis: "Rayshad is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands and can play multiple positions. He has great return skills in both the kickoff and punt return game."
QB • 6-3 • 180 • FR • HS • Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS)
High School: Was named the North Coast Section Division I Bay Valley League Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback by the Bakersfield Californian and earned all-area co-MVP honors as a prep senior at Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif... During his senior season, he completed 114-of-224 passes for 2,148 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also rushing for 806 yards on 128 carries (6.3 ypc) and eight touchdowns as he led the Lions to their first-ever Central Section Division I Championship... In a 56-21 win against Clovis HS in the championship game, he threw for a career-high 296 yards and three touchdowns... As a senior, he completed at least 10 passes in five games and threw for at least 200 yards in six games, while also throwing at least one touchdown pass in every game... Had a season-long 76-yard pass in two separate games... Carried the ball at least 10 times in seven games, including two games where he rushed for over 100 yards... Had a season-high three rushing touchdowns against Frontier HS... As a junior, he completed 102-of-198 passes for 1,930 yards and 18 touchdowns... Also ran for 384 yards and five touchdowns on 86 carriers (4.5 ypc) as a junior, while leading his team to the Central Section Division I title game... Also played basketball in high school.
Personal: One of four children of Anna Love... Is already enrolled at Utah State and plans on majoring in pre-physical therapy... Also held offers from Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado and Sacramento State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Jordan Love: "Jordan is an early enrollee with a high upside. He is very accurate, has a strong arm and has the mobility to become a complete dual-threat quarterback."
LB • 6-3 • 210 • FR • HS • South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS)
High School: Earned Utah Class 5A Region 3 first-team honors at linebacker as a prep senior at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, as he recorded 46 tackles, including 2.0 sacks... Had a season-high nine tackles at Cottonwood HS... Helped the Miners to a 12-2 record and a Region 3 title with a perfect 6-0 mark... Also earned first-team all-region honors as a junior as he had 39 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, which included a season-high eight tackles at Brighton HS... Helped the Miners to a 13-2 record and the 5A state championship in 2014... Helped Bingham HS to a 14-0 record and the 5A state championship in 2013.
Personal: One of three children of Everestt and Rebecca Matagi... Will serve a two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at Utah State... Wants to major in graphic design... Name is pronounced Sim-ee-un Ma-tah-gee.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Simian Matagi: "Simian is a long outside linebacker with great range, and has the potential to gain weight and move inside. Simian is another player who performed well in our camp last summer."
OL • 6-5 • 265 • FR • HS • Kapolei, Hawaii (Kapolei HS)
High School: Earned Hawaii Division I first-team all-state honors at offensive tackle from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as a prep senior at Kapolei (Hawaii) High School, helping the Hurricanes average 245.7 yards per game (142.2 passing, 103.4 rushing)... Played in the Blue-Gray All-American game in Dallas, Texas, following his senior season... Ranked as the top offensive tackle in the state of Hawaii by Scout.com following his senior season.
Personal: Son of Paul and Nia Okimoto... Has two sisters and one brother... Is already enrolled at Utah State... First name is pronounced Vil-e-ah-mooh... Was also offered by Boise State, BYU, Nevada, Texas Tech and Washington State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Viliamu McMoore: "Viliamu is a big, raw and athletic offensive tackle who has all the tools to develop into an outstanding player."
RB • 6-1 • 215 • FR • HS • St. George, Utah (Dixie HS)
High School: Earned Deseret News 3AA South Co-MVP honors and was named a first-team all-state selection by the Salt Lake Tribune at running back as a prep senior at Dixie High School in St. George, Utah, as he carried the ball 225 times for 1,602 yards (7.1 ypc/133.5 ypg) and 18 touchdowns, and posted 10 100-yard and two 200-yard rushing games... Rushed for a career-high 243 yards on 17 carries (14.3 ypc) with two touchdowns against Mohave HS and had 223 rushing yards on 26 carries (8.6 ypc) against Pine View HS... Scored a career-high three rushing touchdowns against both Pine View HS and Tooele HS... Scored multiple rushing touchdowns in seven games during his senior season... Also caught 13 passes for 111 yards (8.5 ypr), to go along with eight kickoff returns for 181 yards (22.6 ypr), and one punt return for 27 yards as he helped the Flyers to the state championship game... Earned second-team all-state honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News at running back as a prep junior as he rushed for 1,515 yards on 169 carries (9.0 ypc/108.2 ypg) and 17 touchdowns as he had seven 100-yard rushing games and led the Flyers to the 3AA state championship... Rushed for a season-high 203 yards on 17 carries (11.9 ypc) and two touchdowns against Cedar City HS and added 178 rushing yards on 14 carries (12.7 ypc) and three touchdowns against Stansbury HS... Scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five games during his junior season... Also caught 30 passes for 431 yards (14.4 ypr) and four touchdowns and returned nine kickoffs for 286 yards (31.8 ypr) with a long of 95 yards... Rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries (4.4 ypc) and caught one pass for nine yards as a sophomore, while returning three kickoffs for 56 yards (18.7 ypr)... Also competed in track and field and was a member of the distance medley relay team that placed second at the state championship during his junior season.
Personal: One of four children of Eric Hollie Miller... Will serve a two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at Utah State... Also held offers from Air Force, Army, BYU, Navy, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Wyoming.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Tre Miller: "Tre is a big and strong in-state running back that is rarely brought down by the first defender. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and we are excited about his potential when he returns from his mission."
TE • 6-6 • 220 • FR • HS • Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS)
High School: Earned Utah Class 5A first-team all-state honors from the Deseret News and second-team all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune at wide receiver as a prep senior at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, as he helped the Bobcats to a Region 1 Championship and to the semifinals of the state playoffs as the team finished the season with a 12-1 record... Was named the Region 1 Offensive Player of the Year following his senior season as he caught 86 passes for 1,272 yards (15.0 ypr) and 18 touchdowns and led the region in both receiving yards and total touchdowns... Also had one rush for three yards, while tallying four tackles, including one sack on defense... Had six 100-yard receiving games as a prep senior, including 154 yards on eight catches against Syracuse HS... Also had a season-high three touchdown receptions against Syracuse HS... Had a career-high 12 receptions for 144 yards against Brighton HS... Had two or more touchdown receptions in six games and caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 games... Also earned first-team all-region and all-valley honors as a prep senior... Caught 48 passes for 862 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, while adding two rushes for three yards, to go along with 12 tackles on defense... Had five 100-yard receiving games as a junior, including 133 yards on six catches against both Maple Mountain HS and Roy HS... Had six catches for 107 yards and a career-high four touchdown receptions against Provo HS and had a career-long 99-yard touchdown reception against Minico HS as he had five catches for 128 yards in the game... Ended the season with a touchdown catch in nine games, including multiple touchdowns in five of those contests... Had 24 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns during his sophomore season, including two catches for a season-high 107 yards and two touchdowns against Provo HS... Also had a season-long 85-yard reception against the Bulldogs... Finished his high school career fourth all-time in school history with 38 touchdowns... Also a three-year letterwinner on the Sky View basketball team... Is averaging 13.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a senior, while shooting 52.0 percent (64-of-121) from the field... Averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior, as he shot 60.0 percent (119-of-200) en route to earning first-team all-region and honorable mention all-state honors... Averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore, as he shot 56.0 percent (119-of-213)... An honor roll student in high school... Also competed in track & field in high school as he was the region champion and finished fourth at the state championships in both the high jump and long jump as a junior.
Personal: One of four children of Blake and Trish Mortenson... His father played football at BYU... Will serve a two-year LDS Church Mission before enrolling at Utah State... Also held offers from Cornell and Nevada.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Bryce Mortensen: "Bryce is an extremely long and athletic player that we are very excited about. He is from the same mold as Dax Raymond and we are anxious for him to join the program following his mission."
OLB/DE • 6-5 • 220 • FR • HS • Logan, Utah (Logan HS)
High School: Earned Utah Class 3AA first-team all-state honors at defensive end from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News as a prep senior at Logan (Utah) High School as he helped the Grizzlies to an 11-2 record and the 3AA state championship, including a perfect 6-0 mark to win the 3AA North Region title... Also earned Northern Area first-team defensive lineman honors and North Region Defensive MVP honors from the Ogden Standard-Examiner as a prep senior as he recorded 127 tackles, which included 14.0 sacks and 38.0 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles... Ended the year first in the region in sacks and second in tackles... Recorded at least eight tackles in 11 different games during the season and had eight tackles, including 2.0 sacks against Dixie HS in the state championship as he was named the MaxPreps Defensive Player of the Game... Also recorded at least one sack in nine games during the season and had 2.0 sacks in four of those contests... Posted a career-high 12 tackles against Cedar City HS as he was named the Lewiston State Bank Player of the Game, and had 10 tackles against both Ben Lomand HS and Snow Canyon HS, as he registered three double-digit tackle games during the season... In all, he was named the MaxPreps Player of the Game four times during his senior season... As a junior, he recorded 78 tackles, which included 14.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two fumble recoveries... Had at least six tackles in nine different games and at least 0.5 sacks in seven games... Posted a season-high 11 tackles against Box Elder HS, which included a career-high 4.0 sacks... Also had 4.0 sacks against Bonneville HS... Earned all-valley honors as both a junior and senior from The Herald Journal... Also played basketball and high jumped in high school as he finished second at the state championships in the high jump as a junior and placed fifth as a senior... Was the region champion in the high jump as both a junior and senior, and earned all-state honors in the high jump as a sophomore.
Personal: One of five children of Blaine and Dawn Murray.. Plans on majoring in exercise science at Utah State... Also had offers from Air Force, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Troy Murray: "Troy is a highly-recruited player out of the valley that has tremendous potential and upside. He is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end and has the ability to rush the passer at a high level."
WR • 5-8 • 165 • FR • HS • Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater HS)
High School: Earned Florida Class 7A first-team all-state honors as a utility player as a prep senior at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., and was also named the District 11 Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel... As a prep senior, he caught 28 passes for 401 yards (14.3 ypr) and rushed for 710 yards on 78 carries (9.1 ypc) and scored 15 total touchdowns... Helped Edgewater HS to the 6A District Championship as a junior as he caught 47 passes for 741 yards (15.8 ypr) and rushed for 659 yards on 72 carries (9.2 ypc) and scored 18 total touchdowns as he earned second-team all-state honors... In the Class 6A District 10 title game against Groveland South Lake HS, he scored five touchdowns and racked up 256 all-purpose yards with two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and a 67-yard kickoff return in the first half alone... Also competed in track & field... A member of the Dean's List.
Personal: One of three children of Katrina Garrison... Plans on majoring in business at Utah State... Also had offers from Akron, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Florida International, Georgia State, Idaho, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State and Toledo.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Craig Rucker: "Craig is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. He fits into our offense in many ways as he can play both outside and in the slot."
OL • 6-5 • 290 • FR • HS • South Jordan, Utah (Herriman HS)
High School: Helped Herriman (Utah) High School to the 5A state championship during his senior season as the team rushed for 3,436 yards and 35 touchdowns on the year... Also helped the Mustangs to a co-Region 4 championship during his junior season... Competed in track & field in high school as well and placed fourth at the state championships in both the shot put and discus during his junior campaign... A five-time honor roll recipient.
Personal: One of three children of Kevin and Randi Shaw... His dad was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft and spent seven season in the minor leagues... Also had an offer from Southern Utah.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Ty Shaw: "Ty is a big and strong offensive lineman who is joining are program at a very important time. He is also very athletic, as evidenced by his track & field accomplishments."
S • 6-1 • 185 • FR • HS • Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS)
High School: Earned Utah Class 5A first-team all-state honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News at defensive back as a prep senior at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, as he had 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks, to go along with 13 receptions for 304 yards and four touchdowns... A team captain... Was a member of the 2011 Utah 7-on-7 football team that won nationals in Las Vegas, Nev... Earned first-team all-region honors during his junior year as he had 27 tackles and one interception, to go along with seven receptions for 88 yards... Also earned first-team all-region honors as a sophomore, as he recorded 26 tackles and one interception... Was also a two-year letterwinner in soccer, earning first-team all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune and second-team all-state honors from the Deseret News as a prep senior... A member of the honor roll.
Personal: One of four sons of Doug and Sheri Swenson... Served a two-year LDS Church Mission in San Diego, Calif... Plans on majoring in business at Utah State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Zach Swenson: "Zach is a strong and physical athlete who can tackle in open space. He can play multiple positions, including cornerback, safety and outside linebacker, and he will contribute to our football program right away."
WR • 6-3 • 205 • SO • JC • Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS/Fort Scott CC)
Junior College: Earned honorable mention all-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors at wide receiver as a freshman at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College as he caught 44 passes for 508 yards (11.5 ypc) and three touchdowns... Had a season-high 11 catches for 99 yards against Highland CC... Had a season-high 107 receiving yards against both Butler CC and Independence CC with eight and six catches, respectively... Caught at least five passes in four different games during the season.
High School: Earned Florida Class 4A District 7 first-team all-area honors as a prep junior as he caught 30 passes for 417 yards and six touchdowns for Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla... Had four touchdown receptions during his senior season and earned second-team all-area honors as a sophomore... Also played basketball in high school and earned Palm Beach County first-team West Division honors as he averaged 10.0 points and 16.7 rebounds per game during his senior season as he was named his team's MVP... An honor roll student.
Personal: Parents are Parrish and Sonya Nixon... Has seven brothers and seven sisters... Cousin, Arron Baker, is a running back at Alcorn State... Plans on majoring in physical education at Utah State... First name in pronounced Ron-kway-V-un.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Ron'Quavion Tarver: "Ron'Quavion is a big and strong wide receiver that can high-point a football. He is a very strong and capable blocker, and is an outside receiver that also has the ability to play in the slot."
OL • 6-5 • 275 • JR • JC • Valley, Calif. (Valley HS/Laney College)
Junior College: As a sophomore, helped Laney College's offense average 317.3 yards (227.5 passing, 89.8 rushing) and 22.7 points per game.
High School: Earned California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) all-Metropolitan League and all-area honors at defensive end as a prep senior at Valley (Calif.) High School as he recorded 25 tackles, including 0.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery... Played in the Napa Valley All-Star Game following his senior season... Also earned honorable mention all-league honors in baseball as a prep senior... Played basketball in high school, as well.
Personal: Son of Sean Taylor, Sr. and Felicia Smith... Has three brothers and four sisters... His uncle, Joe Smith, played football at Washington State... Plans on majoring in sociology at Utah State... Also held offers from Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State and UNLV.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Sean Taylor: "Sean is an athletic offensive lineman who has the ability to play both guard and tackle. Being in school now and having the ability to go through our off-season program and participate in spring ball is a major advantage for him. He will compete for immediate playing time."
LB • 6-2 • 225 • FR • HS • San Marcos, Calif. (Mission Hills HS)
High School: Earned California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section All-Avocado East League first-team honors at linebacker as a prep senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., as he helped lead the Grizzlies to an 11-1 record, a league title and Discovery Bowl Championship... Was also named the San Diego Union-Tribune Avocado East League Defensive Player of the Year and was his team's MVP as a prep senior as he recorded 65 tackles, which included 5.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss... Also registered two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries... Offensively, he caught six passes for 142 yards and one touchdown... Was selected to play in the AIGA Foundation Polynesian All-American Bowl... Also earned first-team All-Avocado East League honors as a junior as he recorded 52 tackles, which included 4.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss, to go along with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown... Earned second-team all-league honors as a sophomore... Helped Mission Hills HS win the CIF Open Division Championship in 2013 and advance to the semifinals in both 2014 and 2015... Mission Hills HS also won Avocado East League titles in 2013 and 2014, as well... Also competed in track & field in high school.
Personal: Parents are Erik and Kimberly Quamme... Has four sisters and one brother.. Last name is pronounced Tay-ee... Also held offers from Idaho, Navy, Nevada, San Diego State and San José State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Justus Te'i: "Justus has the ability to play both the inside and outside linebacker positions. He has the ability to run from sideline to sideline and make plays, and strikes well for a young player when taking on blocks."
RB • 6-1 • 215 • FR • HS • San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian HS)
High School: Earned California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) all-Central Coast Section West Catholic Athletic League first-team honors at running back as a prep senior at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif... Was also named his team's Offensive MVP and twice earned Player of the Week honors... As a senior, he carried the ball 155 times for 1,012 yards (6.5 y pc) and 14 touchdowns, while catching 16 passes for 362 yards (22.6 ypr) and four more scores... Finished the year ranking second in the league in scoring (108 points), third in total touchdowns (18) and fifth in rushing... Had four 100-yard rushing games as a senior, including a career-high 147 yards on 15 carries, which included a career-long 71-yard touchdown run against Archbishop Mitty HS... Also had 15 carries for 133 yards and one touchdown against Los Gatos HS, 13 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns against Serra HS, and 13 carries for 104 yards and a career-best three touchdowns against Pioneer HS... Overall, he had rushing touchdowns in 10 different games with multiple touchdowns in three of those contests, while carrying the ball at least 10 times in 10 games... Also had three receptions for 98 yards, which included an 81-yard touchdown, against Milpitas HS... Defensively, he posted 11 tackles as a defensive back and intercepted one pass that he returned 33 yards... Also had one kickoff return for 25 yards during the year... Played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas... Also competed in basketball and track & field in high school... Placed fifth in the 80m hurdles at the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships and seventh in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships... A member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a scholar-athlete... A NorCal Prep top 50 recruit.
Personal: One of five children of Morian Walker, Sr. and Percenel Jones-Walker... His sister, Leandra, plays soccer at CS Northridge and his sister, Danielle, plays soccer at Foothill Junior College... Plans on majoring in finance or accounting at Utah State... First name is pronounced Moore-e-un... Also had an offer from Wyoming.
Head Coach Matt Wells on Morian Walker, Jr.: "Morian is a big and athletic running back. He has a strong lower body and possesses good speed for a big back."
LB • 6-3 • 210 • FR • HS • Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS)
High School: Named the All-Area Football Player of the Year by The Olympian at running back as a prep senior at Olympia (Wash.) High School... Also earned Washington Class 4A Narrows District Offensive Player of the Year honors and was a first-team all-league selection as a defensive back and return specialist... As a senior, he carried the ball 92 times for 727 yards (7.9 ypc), caught 31 passes for 484 yards (15.6 ypc), completed 10-of-15 passes for 221 yards (14.7 ypp), and returned kicks gaining 489 yards... Overall, he totaled 1,921 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns on the season ... On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded a team-high 71 tackles and four interceptions... Missed his junior season due to injury... Also competed in basketball and track & field in high school.
Personal: One of four children of Mel and Rhonda Woodward... Sister, Deidra, plays soccer at Alabama State... Plans on majoring in business at Utah State... Also had offers from Eastern Washington and Portland State.
Head Coach Matt Wells on David Woodward: "David is another hybrid linebacker that is very athletic, as evidenced by his play on the basketball court. We expect him to develop into a very good linebacker at Utah State."
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