March 12, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced Monday that the Aggies have signed a pair of Snow Junior College transfers, inking offensive lineman Joe Summers and defensive lineman AJ Pataialii (pronounced Puh-tie-uh-lee-ee).
"We're recruiting everyday to find the best players available, and we feel we've found that with Joe and AJ," Andersen said. "We expect them to come in and not just compete for playing time but for starting positions as well."
Summers, a 6-3, 300-pound offensive lineman, is a native of Tremonton, Utah (Bear River HS). Summers will have three years of eligibility for the Aggies. At Snow, he started in all 10 games he played, playing alongside fellow USU signee Bill Vavau in helping clear the way for a Badgers' offense that 345.4 yards per game (139.9 ypg rushing, 205.5 passing rushing) as Snow won the Top of the Mountains Bowl title. At Bear River HS, Summers earned all-state honors in helping the Bears to a 10-4 overall record and a 5-0 league mark in his senior season. He is the son of Kelly and Jennifer Summers and is married to Alyssa Summers.
Pataialii is a 6-2, 290-pound defensive lineman from West Valley City, Utah (Hunter HS), where he grew up with fellow Aggie defensive lineman Al Lapuaho. Pataialii will have two years of eligibility with USU. At Snow, Pataialii posted 23 tackles (11 solo, 12 assists) playing eight games, including four tackles for loss and two sacks, as well as one pass break-up. At Hunter HS, Pataialii lettered in football and basketball for the Wolverines. He is the son of Atofu & Ruita Pataialii.
Both Summers and Pataialii will join the Aggies for summer workouts in preparation for the 2012 season.
Utah State football opens spring camp on March 27 and concludes spring drills with the Blue-White Spring Game, sponsored by Orbit Irrigation Products, on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission will again be free to the public and further details along with events surrounding the Spring Game will be released at a later date.
Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available at 2011's prices until May 1. Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the "buy/renew tickets" under the "tickets" drop down menu. Fans interested in new sales should contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
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