Utah State Signs 23 On National Letter Of Intent Day
2005 Utah State Football Signees February 2, 2005
Utah State Signing Day Notes At End Of Release
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown (High School/Last School) Alan Bishop TE 6-4 245 HS Daleville, Ala. (Daleville HS/AFA Prep) Ryan Bohm WR 5-10 185 HS Logan, Utah (Logan HS) Marquise Charles CB 5-9 175 HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS) Steven Downs DL 6-2 230 HS Anaheim, Calif. (Esperanza HS) Daryl Fields LB 5-9 210 HS Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS) Kendall Fisher WR 6-4 200 HS Garden Plain, Kan. (Garden Plain HS) Keith Gilliam RB 5-9 205 HS Kilgore, Texas (Kilgore HS) Darby Golden DE/LB 6-2 215 HS Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood HS) Derek Hoke OL 6-9 300 HS Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS) Damian Lee OL/DL 6-5 245 HS Miami, Fla. (Edison HS) Cameron Luke Ath. 6-2 205 HS Klein, Texas (Collins HS) Mike Martini DE 6-4 245 HS Plain City, Utah (Fremont HS) Jase McCormick QB 6-1 200 HS Layton, Utah (Northridge HS) Brennan McFadden OL 6-2 275 HS Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS) Ryan Pahua OL 6-5 315 JC Irvine, Calif. (University HS/Orange Coast JC) Drew Pearson CB 6-0 180 JC Pasadena, Calif. (John Muir HS/Mount San Antonio JC) Caleb Taylor S 6-4 190 HS Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS) Josh Taylor CB 6-0 180 HS Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS) Ryan Tonnemacher OL 6-4 270 HS Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS) Jerod Walker QB 6-0 185 HS Houston, Texas (Jersey Village HS) Taylor Wallace OL 6-5 280 HS Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS) Darryl Wheeler P/K 5-10 185 HS Stoney Creek, Ontario Canada (Saltfleet District HS) Zac Zimmerman OL 6-5 265 HS Newhall, Calif. (Hart HS)
Ryan Bohm Boam (rhymes with foam) Marquise Charles Mar-keese Keith Gilliam Gill-um Jase McCormick JAYss Ryan Pahua Pow-uh Ryan Tonnemacher Tawn-uh-maker Jerod Walker Juh-rod
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2005 Utah State Signee Bios
Alan Bishop TE, 6-5, 245, HS Daleville, Ala. (Daleville HS/Air Force Academy Prep)
Spent the 2004 season at Air Force Academy Prep School... Played one season as an offensive tackle... Was a defensive end, linebacker and tight end at Daleville High School in Daleville, Ala. as a senior... Had 37 receptions for 774 yards in his career... Had a team-best 88 pancake blocks as a senior... Earned Coca-Cola Student-Athlete honors for his area... Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas... Was a defensive end as a freshman and sophomore... Competed in track as a senior and in his first season was second in the state in the discus and seventh in the state in the shot put at the Class 4A level... Born July 8, 1986 in Ozark, Ala... Son of Kevin and Colleen Bishop... Has five brothers and one sister... Father was a pole vaulter at Utah State... Plans to major in business... Main hobby is fishing.
Ryan Bohm DB, 5-10, 185, HS Logan, Utah (Logan HS)
Returning from an LDS Church mission... Originally signed in 2002... Last name is pronounced Boam (rhymes with foam)... A two-time all-state selection at quarterback as a junior (2000) and as a senior (2001), but is projected as a wide receiver at Utah State... Earned the Class 4-A Most Valuable Player honors as a junior after leading the Grizzlies to the state championship... As a senior he led Logan to the state semifinals before the team lost to eventual champion Mountain Crest... Played both quarterback and defensive back in each of the last two years... As a senior he threw for 2,094 yards (seventh in the state) and rushed for 1,678 yards (sixth in the state)... He also accounted for 44 touchdowns in his final season with 25 passing and 19 rushing... Defensively he had 50 tackles and five interceptions ... As a junior he rushed for 768 yards and seven touchdowns... Defensively he had 139 tackles, four interceptions, and six passes broken up his junior season.... Was also recruited by Washington, Kansas State, Illinois, Stanford, BYU, Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale... Born Nov. 13, 1983 in Logan, Utah... Son of Lance and Brenda Bohm... Also was a two-year letterwinner in basketball... His biological father (Sam Johnson) played football in the NFL.
Marquise Charles CB, 5-9, 175, HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)
Recorded 67 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes broken up, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior... Offensively he had 12 rushes for 287 yards and three touchdowns...Team played in the city championship... As a junior he had 51 tackles, four interceptions, 21 passes broken up and two fumble recoveries... Also rushed 10 times for 121 yards and five touchdowns... Also competed in track and advanced to the state meet in the 100 meters, 4x100 and 4x400 relays... Born Jan. 16, 1987 in Hollywood, Calif... Son of Marletta Byrd and Keith Charles... Has a twin brother as well as two other brothers... Plans to major in aviation and would like to become a pilot.
Steven Downs DL, 6-2, 230, HS Anaheim, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
Was a first-team all-league selection as a senior after earning second-team accolades as a junior... Played tight end and defensive end in high school... Defensively he had 47 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks as a senior... As a junior he recorded 43 tackles and two sacks... Had 13 receptions in the last two years... Team lost in division I semifinals to Long Beach Poly... Also played basketball... Was a scholar-athlete... Born July 26, 1986 in Anaheim, Calif... Son of Bob and Johanna Downs... Father played college football... Plans to major in math or science... Hobbies include fly fishing, snowboarding and spending time with fiends.
Daryl Fields LB, 5-9, 210, HS Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS)
Was a first-team all-CIF selection as a senior linebacker... Also earned conference defensive player of the year honors... Was his team's most inspirational player... Recorded 157 tackles as a senior... Finished his career with 311 tackles for a school record... Also played running back, wide receiver and returned kicks... Competed in track and wrestling as well... Born June 21, 1987 in Los Angeles, Calif... Don of Daryl and Avis Fields... Has one younger borther... Cousin Dion Bailey played basketball at Utah State for Stew Morrill... Plans to major in accounting and would like to be a CPA or start his own company... Main hobby is riding dirt bikes.
Kendall Fisher WR, 6-4, 200, HS Garden Plain, Kan. (Garden Plain HS)
Was a two-time all-state selection as a wide receiver in high school... Was named the state's 3A offensive player of the year... Set a state record for touchdowns in a season with 23... Tied the state mark for career touchdowns with 42... His 1,246 receiving yards as a senior were third all-time in the state of Kansas... Also competed in basketball and track... Was an all-state basketball selection as a junior... Finished fourth in the state in the long jump as a junior... Born Feb. 11, 1987 in Wichita, Kan... Son of Joe and Stacey Fisher... Has one brother and one sister... Likes sports and video games... Was a member of the national honor society.
Keith Gilliam RB, 5-9, 205, HS Kilgore, Texas (Kilgore HS)
Last name is pronounced Gill-um... Was named the Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year by most publications, including 55th Collins Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writer's Association and Dave Campbell Texas Football Magazine... Also tabbed as the Fox Sports Newtwork 4A Player of the Year... Earned a number of all-state honors... Rushed for 2,775 yards and 27 touchdowns in 16 games... Had 13 100-yard rushing games on the year... In six playoff games, he recorded 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns... Team won the Division II state title... Born Feb. 12, 1987 in Kilgore, Texas... Son of Darryl Gilliam and Dot Reeves... Has one sister.
Darby Golden DE/LB, 6-2, 215, HS Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood HS)
A Dream Team selection in California, while also earning first-team all-league honors as a senior... Led the league in sacks with 10 his final year... Played defensive end as a senior... Started his prep career at Wilson High School where he played tailback and linebacker as a freshman and fullback, linebacker and defensive end as a sophomore and junior... Was the freshman team's player of the year... Started as both a sophomore and junior at Wilson... Born Oct. 23, 1987 in Long Beach, Calif... Son of Cindy Golden... Has one sister... Plans to major in business management and would like to get his real estate licence and work in business after graduation... Hobbies include video games and shopping.
Derek Hoke OL, 6-9, 300, HS Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Walked on in the fall of 2001 before going on an LDS Church mission to South Carolina... Played defensive line in high school and was an all-state selection in 2000... Played just two years of high school football... Played in the all-state game after his senior year... Played three seasons of high school basketball... Born June 28, 1983 in Hickory, N.C... Son of Jerry and Holly Hoke... Has three brothers and one sister... Main hobbies are playing basketball and spending time with family...
Damian Lee OL/DE, 6-5, 245, HS Miami, Fla. (Edison HS)
Was an all-conference selection as an offensive tackle as a senior... Played just one season of high school football... Was an offensive tackle in high school, but could be moved to defensive end at Utah State... Born Jan. 12, 1986 in Miami, Fla... Son of Jacquelyn Conner... Has an older sister... Hobbies include watching movies and playing video games... Favorite food is Mama's fried chicken.
Cameron Luke Ath., 6-2, 205, Fr., Klein, Texas (Collins HS)
Earned second-team all greater Houston quarterback honors as a senior... Also shared District MVP honors... As a junior he was a second-team all-district and second-team all-greater Houston as a wide receiver... Also played basketball and baseball... Born July 20, 1987 in Houston, Texas... Son of Vernon and Sharon Luke... Has two brothers and one sister... Plans to major in business... Likes to spend time with friends and play video games.
Mike Martini DE, 6-4, 245, HS, Plain City, Utah (Fremont HS)
Returning from an LDS Church mission... Originally signed in 2002... A class 5-A all-state selection as an offensive lineman as a senior in 2001... Defensively he recorded 71 tackles and added 11 sacks... Was on the honor roll... Born March 31, 1984 in Ogden, Utah... Son of Dean and Kathy Martini... Has two brothers and one sister... Hobbies include outdoor activities like four-wheeling, skiing and hunting.
Jase McCormick QB, 6-1, 200, HS, Layton, Utah (Northridge HS)
Returning from an LDS Church mission... Originally signed in 2002... A two-time all-state selection earning those honors as a junior (2000) and again as a senior (2001)... Named Class 5-A Most Valuable Player honors as a senior... Led the Knights to consecutive state 5-A state titles... His team was nationally-ranked his senior season... In his final year he threw for 2,650 yards and 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions... He also caught a touchdown pass and rushed for four scores... As a junior he passed for 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns... Also played as a defensive back... Played basketball for three years and was an honorable mention all-area selection as a junior... Boasts a 3.99 grade-point average... Born Oct. 21, 1983 in Ogden, Utah... Son of Lex and Beverley McCormick... Has two brothers and two sisters... Wants to major in business at USU... Likes to hunt and spend time with his family.
Brennan McFadden OL, 6-2, 275, HS Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS)
A two-time first-team all-league selection on the offensive line in high school... Played tight end and offensive tackle in his prep career... Also played basketball and earned all-league honors as a junior... Born April 29, 1987 in Grass Valley, Calif... Son of Francis and Louise McFadden... Has one sister... Plans to major in secondary education and would like to become a teacher... Main hobbies are playing basketball, spending time with friends and playing video games.
Ryan Pahua OL, 6-5, 315, JC Irvine, Calif. (University HS/Orange Coast JC)
Last name is pronounced Pow-uh... Played one season at Orange Coast Junior College... Earned his team's offensive player of the year honor... Was listed on preseason watch lists... Played left tackle... Lettered four years in high school... As a senior he was an all-city and all-league selection... Earned Daily Pilot lineman of the year honors as well as Orange County CIF honorable mention accolades... Played in two all-star games... As a senior he broke the school record with 129 pancake blocks... As a junior he led the team in sacks with 14 while playing defensive end... Born July 7, 1983 in Irvine, Calif... Son of Julie Frisch and Willie Pahua... has one brother... Plans to major in political science... Hobbies include playing basketball, working out and video games.
Drew Pearson CB, 6-0, 180, JC Pasadena, Calif. (John Muir HS/Mount San Antonio JC)
Will be a sophomore at USU after playing just one season of junior college... Played seven games at cornerback last season and had 11 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and one pass broken up... Was an all-league selection in high school and played in a California vs. Florida all-star game... Had an interception in that game... On the season he had 25 tackles and one interception... As a wide receiver as a senior he had 44 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns... Played his first two seasons of high school football at Etiwanda in California... Born Nov. 1, 1985 in Pasadena, Calif... Son of Priscilla Kelly... Brother played football at Central Methodist in Missouri... Plans to major in psychology and would like to be a pediatric psychologist... Hobbies include poetry, movies and church... Is involved in Big Brothers.
Caleb Taylor S, 6-4, 190, HS Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
Signed along with his twin brother Josh... Played safety and wide receiver... Defensively he had 48 tackles and five interceptions as a senior... As a junior he recorded 101 tackles and four interceptions... Born March 14, 1986 in Baton Rouge, La... Son of Darissa Taylor... Legal guardians are Rodney and Patricia Strong... Enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends.
Josh Taylor CB, 6-0, 180, HS Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
Signed along with his twin brother Caleb... Played quarterback and safety in high school... Was a two-time all-league selection... As a quarterback he rushed for 1,100 yards and passed for 1,300 yards his senior year... Born March 14, 1986 in Baton Rouge, La... Son of Darissa Taylor... Legal guardians are Rodney and Patricia Strong... Likes to go to movies and spend time with friends.
Ryan Tonnemacher OL, 6-4, 270, HS Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)
Last name is pronounced Tawn-uh-maker... Was an all-state selection as a left tackle his senior year... Also earned all-valley and all-region honors... Was a team captain... Received the Arizona Dairy Council All-America award... Was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior... Team won the the 5A state titles in both of his seasons there... Also competed in basketball and track... Was a member of several clubs at school... Born Dec. 2, 1986 in Phoenix, Ariz... Son of Lisa and Dan Brewer... Has one younger sister... Plans to major in engineering... Hobbies include camping, hunting and riding four-wheelers.
Jerod Walker QB, 6-0, 185, HS Houston, Texas (Jersey Village HS)
First name is pronounced Juh-rod... Earned unanimous first-team all-district honors as a senior.. Was a second-team all-district pick as a junior... Set school season records for rushing yards by a quarterback and passing yards his senior year... Threw for more than 1,800 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards... As a junior he threw for 800 yards and rushed for 500 more... Selected to play in the Bayou Bowl all-star game... Born Nov. 18, 1986 in Orange, Texas... Son of Marcus and Agbert Walker and Sherita Walker... Plans to major in business with an emphasis in finance... Likes to workout and spend time with friends and family.
Taylor Wallace OL, 6-5, 280, HS Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS)
An all-CIF and all-league selection as a senior... Played offensive tackle... Also competed in track and threw the shot put... Born Oct. 14, 1987 in Van Nuys, Calif... Son of Bruce and Kim Wallace... Father played college football at Cal State Northridge... Has one sister... Hobbies include basketball, computers and cars.
Darryl Wheeler P/PK, 5-10, 185, HS Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada (Saltfleet District High School)
Was an all-Canada high school selection as a punter... Averaged 46 yards per punt and had a long field goal of 46 yards... Also played slot back and averaged 22.1 yards per catch with five touchdowns... Threw a 109 yard touchdown pass in a championship game... Graduated high school in 2002... Also played rugby in high school and was his school's MVP two times... Also earned a division player of the year honor in that sport... Played hockey up until high school... Born May 19, 1983 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada... Son of Len Wheeler... Mother is deceased... Has three brothers and two sisters... All of his brothers play football and his dad played as well... Grandfather played for the Hamilton Wildcats... Plans to major in biological science or kinesiology and would like to become a doctor... Hobbies include playing rugby, swimming, fishing, golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Zac Zimmerman OL, 6-5, 265, HS Newhall, Calif. (Hart HS)
Was a second-team all-valley and all-league selection as an offensive tackle his junior season... Played in just four games as a senior after tearing his ACL... Lettered three seasons in high school... Born July 13, 1987 in Hollywood, Calif... Don of Dan and Gail Zimmerman... Has two older brothers... One brother played football at Idaho... Plans to major in business... Main hobbies are weightlifting and playing basketball.
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2005 Utah State Football Signing Day Notes
Utah State signed 23 players, including 21 high school and two junior college players.
In the previous six years (1999-2004), USU has averaged signing 16.5 high school, 8.2 junior college and 0.7 major college transfers.
The 21 high school signees are the most since USU signed 27 in 2001 (also signed five junior college players that year).
USU signed players from seven different states as well as one signee from Canada. USU signed 11 players from California, four from Utah, three from Texas, and one each from Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Kansas.
In all, USU signed 13 offensive players (six linemen, two wide receivers, and two quarterbacks as well as one running back, one tight end and one 'athlete.').
USU also signed nine defensive players (four linemen, four defensive backs and one linebacker). USU also signed one kicker/punter.
Those with USU ties include Alan Bishop from Daleville, Ala., whose father Kevin was a pole vaulter at Utah State and Daryl Fields from Encino, Calif. whose cousin Dion Bailey played basketball for the Aggies in 2000 and 2001.
RB Keith Gilliam was the Texas 4A Player of the Year after rushing for 2,775 yards.
Canadian kicker/punter Darryl Wheeler will be the first foreign player to not have played in the United States before joining USU since Todd Sorme from Red Deer, Canada, who came to USU in 1984 and lettered from 1985-87. Players from outside the United States that have been on a USU roster since then include Malik Cin (Weisbaden, Germany/Richfield (Idaho) HS, current player), Lance Sopoaga (American Samoa/Snow JC, 1999), Walter Zdravkovic (Nuernberg, Germany/Ricks JC, 1999), Mauricio Jourdan (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Chaffey JC, 1997), Darcy Heggie, Raymond, Alberta, Canada/Utah Valley State, 1995), Kel Waltrin (Okotoks, Canda/Redmond (Wash.) HS, 1992), and Wylie Wayne (Okotoks, Canada/Foothills JC).
USU signed four returned LDS Church Missionaries in Ryan Bohm, Derek Hoke, Mike Martini and Jase McCormick. All four players are from the state of Utah a Bohm is from Logan, Hoke from Pleasant Grove, Martini from Fremont High School in Plain City and McCormick from Northridge High School in Layton.
USU signed a pair of twins brothers in Caleb and Josh Taylor, a pair of defensive backs from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif.
USU signed two pair of teammates in Caleb and Josh Taylor from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. and Daryl Fields and Taylor Wallace from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif.