Aggies Ink 32 Football Players On Signing Day

Feb. 7, 2001

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University head football coach Mick Dennehy announced the signing of 32 players to letters of intent on Wednesday. The second class of Dennehy's USU tenure included 27 high school players and five junior college transfers.

The players represented a wide scope for the Aggies as 16 offensive players, 15 defensive players, and one kick specialist were on the list that committed to USU. The majority of USU's signees were offensive and defensive linemen as eight front guys were signed offensively and seven defensive lineman were inked on Wednesday.

"In recruiting you try to project, in a normal situation, holes that you will need to fill in two to three years," Dennehy said of the fact that half his signees are on the line. "We lost three offensive linemen this year and will lose four more next year. We needed a big group of offensive linemen. We didn't have that many defensive linemen to begin with, so that has been an area of concern."

Overall, Dennehy was pleased with his class, which included 18 players from California and seven from the state of Utah. Among the Utah signees were Mr. Football, two first-team all-state selections, and two second-team all-state picks.

"I think this is an excellent, excellent class," Dennehy said on Wednesday. "It doesn't address one specific area. It addresses our whole football team. We strengthened ourselves at every position.

"The reason I say it is a good recruiting class is because we have several freshmen that will come in and give us some immediate help."

Among the freshmen, Dennehy singled out were Utah's Mr. Football, Steve Tate, a quarterback, who will probably see playing time at defensive back before going on an LDS mission. When Tate returns, he will compete for time at quarterback. Dennehy also pointed to defensive back Andre Bala from Houston, Texas, who was listed as a top 100 player in the state of Texas.

All of the wide receivers will also have the opportunity to earn immediate playing time according to the head coach.

NOTE: USU announced a late signee in the afternoon in Matt Mower (rhymes with hour) from Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. Mower, a 6-0, 192, defensive back/running back was an honorable mention all-state selection and a three-time all-region pick. He also played basketball and competed in track and was sixth in the state in the 100-meters as a junior.



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