Dec. 20, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head football coach Mick Dennehy announced today the signing of four football players that will compete for the Aggies next fall. Among the group is two junior college transfers and two mid-year high school players. All four will be enrolled at Utah State for the Spring 2001 semester.
Aric Galliano is a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Cerritos (Calif.) Junior College. Galliano was named an honorable-mention JC All-American this past year and also was a first-team all-state and all-Mission Conference selection. He was named as one of the top-100 players in the country as a sophomore. Along with USU, he was recruited by North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Nevada, and Missouri.
"Aric was highly recruited out of junior college and is one of the best offensive linemen in the nation this year," commented Dennehy. "He is an interior lineman who will come in and give an immediate impact to our team. He is a strong, bright player that we feel will adapt to Division I football in a heartbeat."
Grant Calverly is a 6-5, 285-pound offensive tackle from Riverside (Calif.) Community College. He was a first-team all-Mission Conference selection this past year and also was a honorable mention academic All-American. He was recruited by South Florida, Arkansas State, San Jose State, Hofstra, and Baylor.
"Grant has limited football experience, but is such a good athlete that his upside is unlimited," Dennehy stated. "With some strength work we feel he will be a tremendous player for Utah State, and with eight months of work before next fall he should be able to compete for a starting job on the offensive line."
Jason Jones is a 6-2, 275-pound offensive center from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif. He was a first-team all-Avocado League player his junior and senior year. He was named the Lineman of the Year at his high school his senior year and played in the annual North-South All-Star game in San Diego. His team won the CIF Championship his senior season. Jones was also recruited by San Diego State and Colorado State.
"The thing we like about Jason is that he is as tough of a kid as you will find out there," commented Dennehy. "We are going to look at him as a young center in our program."
Joshua Newman-Gomez is a 6-3, 280-pound offensive guard from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. He was a unanimous first-team all-San Gabriel Valley player as a senior, along with being named first-team all-CIF. Charter Oak won the CIF Championship his senior year as he earned the CIF Sportsmanship Award. Gomez played in the San Gabriel Valley Shrine All-Star game following his senior season. Along with Utah State, he was also recruited by San Diego State and Montana.
"Joshua is a great young talent that is very well thought of by our staff," stated Dennehy. "We feel that with his leadership skills he will help solidify our offensive line and be a real anchor of that group."
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