CSU-Pueblo adds over 40 new signees for 2009

The Colorado State University-Pueblo football program has added over 40 new signees for the 2009 season, including a number of four-year and two-year college transfers, as well as standout and all-state high school players from Colorado, California, and all points in between.

As of Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m., the ThunderWolves have added 41 new student-athletes, with heavy focus placed on offensive and defensive linemen, adding 13 and five at each position, respectively.

The Class of 2009 is the second for CSU-Pueblo, having just played its first season in 24 years in 2008, finishing with a 4-6 record, the fourth-highest win total for a first-year program in NCAA Division II history.

The 2009 class marks the first "typical" offseason signing class for the program, which added over 60 high school freshman in its 2008 class. The hallmark of the Class of 2009 is its size, with 26 of the 41 signees measuring in at 6-foot-2 or taller. The most physically imposing player in the Pack's Class of 2009 is offensive linemen James Vicars (Jr., Torrance, Calif.), who measures in at 6-foot-9 and 340 pounds.

"We are looking to address needs all of our needs with this class, and I believe we accomplished that," CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen said. "The caliber of athlete we have gotten from this class is superb, and it will allow us to be even more competitive right away."

The student-athletes featured in the Class of 2009 will be presented Thursday at the CSU-Pueblo Signing Day Luncheon, where each athlete will be introduced with video highlights and a few words from coach Wristen.

The following players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo:

Transfers

Quarterbacks
Colin Clancy - 6'4", 195, Sr. (Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek HS/Santa Monica (CA) College/Central Oklahoma)
College: Was a backup quarterback at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. ... Was 34-for-66 in backup duty at UCO ... Was a second-team all-conference performer at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Threw for over 900 yards as a sophomore.
High School: Football standout at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colo. ... Second-team All-Conference and honorable mention All-State selection after throwing for 1,851 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Personal: A journalism major who aspires to become a sportswriter ... Names John Elway as his favorite athlete.

Tanner Rogers - 6'0", 180, Fr. (Englewood, Colo./Columbine HS) - Former Minor League Baseball Player
Professional: Was drafted by the Florida Marlins organization out of high school ... Rose as high as the AA Carolina Mudcats, playing primarily catcher ... Caught on with the Anderson Joes, an independent team in the South Coast League, where he hit .232 in 168 at bats.

High School: Played football and baseball at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. ... As a senior, ran for 2,081 yards and 11 touchdowns, and passed for 588 yards as an option quarterback ... His 12.39 yards per carry is still in the top 10 all-time in Colorado high school history ... Was named one of the top quarterbacks in Denver high school sports history by the Denver Post in 2006.

Running Backs

Johnny Wood - 5'10", 215, RSo. (Canon City, Colo./Canon City HS/Southern Utah)
College: Played one season at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah ... Recorded one tackle during his freshman season of 2007.

High School: Was a two-time all-conference as well as an honorable mention all-state performer at Canon City High School in Canon City, Colo. ... Helped Coach Chris Coppa's Tigers to the state semi-finals his senior season ... Parents are Jody and Ron Wood.

Colton McRann - 5'10", 190, RSo. (Lander, Wyo./Lander Valley HS/Valley City State (ND))

College: Was a reserve running back at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D. ... Saw action in four games in 2007 for the Vikings.

Wide Receivers
Anthony Pinedo - 5'10", 180, RFr. (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS/Ventura (CA) College)

Offensive Linemen
Donny Anderson - 6'1", 244, Jr. (Mesa, Ariz./Westwood HS/Scottsdale (AZ) CC)
James Vicars - 6'9", 340, Jr. (Torrance, Calif./Torrance HS/Los Angeles Harbor Coll.)
Jonathan Vicars - 6'2", 305, Jr. (Torrance, Calif./Torrance HS/Los Angeles Harbor Coll.)
Phillip Yandall - 6'3", 298, Jr. (Leone, American Samoa/Leone HS/Southwestern College (CA))

Defensive Linemen
Chris Clady - 6'3", 260, Jr. (Rialto, Calif./Carter HS/College of the Desert (CA))
College: Was an all-conference selection at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. ... Was second on the team in tackles in 2008.

High School: Prepped at Carter High School in Rialto, Calif.

Personal: His brother, Ryan Clady, plays offensive lineman with the Denver Broncos.

Linebackers
Dyrell Hallcy - 6'0", 230, Jr. (Denver, Colo./Denver East HS/Glendale (AZ) CC)
Matt Amerault - 5'9", 205 (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS)
High School: Was a first-team all league selection at linebacker at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, Calif. ... Was a 2nd-team all-county selection at Camarillo ... Recorded 121 tackles, one interception and three sacks ... Also played fullback for the Scorpions, catching 10 balls for 121 yards ... Was a member of the National Honor Roll, graduating with a 3.5 GPA ... Also competed in wrestling ... Coached by Dennis Riedmiller.

Personal: Son of Alice and Joe Amerault ... Has two younger brothers: Alex and Noah ... Plans to major in athletic training ... Enjoys snowboarding.

Defensive Backs
Sutton Richmond - 6'3", 195, RJr. (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West HS/Saginaw Valley (MI))
College: Played for two seasons at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Mich. ... After redshirting his freshman season, was a reserve defensive back in 2007, playing in six games and registering 11 tackles.

High School Signees

Quarterbacks
Drew Rodriguez - 6'1", 180 (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff HS)
High School: Passed for 1,600 yards with 14 touchdowns at Nordhoff High School in Ojai, Calif. ... Was an all-county and all-league first team selection ... Added five rushing touchdowns ... Was on the Ventura County Press all-county first team ... Was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school, graduating with a 3.4 GPA ... Coached by Tony Henney ... Also competed in baseball.

Personal: Son of Pam and Paul Rodriguez, who played football at Cal State-Northridge ... Has one older brother, Aaron, who played football at Southern Utah University ... Plans to major in biology ... Enjoys hunting and fishing.

Running Backs
Dontre Walker - 5'6", 180 (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sierra HS)
High School: Ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... Helped a resurgent Sierra team to the playoffs on the back of four rushing performances of 150 yards or more ... Was a Colorado all-state selection ... Also ran track at Sierra ... Was an all-conference selection at Sierra.

Personal: Son of Chelsea Taylor ... Has three siblings: Treyon Taylor, Tina Cheek and Taj Cheek ... Plans to major in business.

Wide Receivers
Ervin Farris - 6'4", 200 (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill HS)
High School: Was the leading receiver at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. ... Made 38 grabs for 616 yards as a senior ... Averaged 113 yards per game over Smoky Hill's final three games of 2008 ... Named all-conference as a senior.
Grant Miller - 6'2", 180 (Aurora, Colo./Grandview HS)
High School: Was a second-team all-conference selection at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. ... Was an all-city selection at Grandview ... Helped Grandview to a 2007 Colorado state championship ... Collected 56 receptions for 900 yards and nine TDs at Grandview ... Graduated from Grandview with a 3.2 GPA ... Also ran track.

Personal: Son of Shelly and Robert Miller ... Has one older brother, Ben, who played football at Drake University.
Travis Sears - 6'5", 196 (Broomfield, Colo./Legacy HS)
High School: Was a standout receiver at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo. ... Averaged 22 yards per catch as a senior, scoring four touchdowns.

Tight Ends
Josh Bredl - 6'7", 240 (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS)
High School: Coming out of Horizon High School in Thornton, Colo., was ranked as the 93rd best tight end prospect in nation, according to ESPN ... Was ranked as the 15th best high school prospect in the state of Colorado by Rivals.com ... Was an all-region selection at Horizon ... Also played basketball, holding down the low post for the Hawks.
Ty Cresswell - 6'3", 220 (Pueblo, Colo./County HS)
High School: Was an all-South Central Conference selection at Pueblo County High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... Son of former CSU-Pueblo all-conference linebacker, Dale Cresswell.

Matt Newton - 6'3", 220 (Parker, Colo./Chaparral HS)
High School: Caught 20 passes as a senior for the Wolverines of Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo. ... Helped Chaparral to a playoff berth in 2008.

Offensive Linemen
Joe Carroll - 6'4", 275 (Denver, Colo./Mullen HS)
High School: Was one of the top offensive lineman at Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., helping the Mustangs to the Colorado 5A State Championship in 2008 ... Part of a Mullen line that ran for 42 rushing touchdowns in 2008.

Damon Chiles - 6'2", 250 (Aurora, Colo./Overland HS)
High School: Was an all-state offensive lineman at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo. ... Also earned all-conference and all-city honors ... Also competed in track and field ... Coached by Tony Manfredi.

Brad Dick - 6'2", 290 (Berthoud, Colo./Berthoud HS)
High School: Was an all-state selection at Berthoud High School in Berthoud, Colo. ... Additionally earned all-conference and all-area honors ... Was an honorable mention academic all-state selection, boasting a 3.3 GPA ... Also participated in baseball, track and basketball ... Coached by Dan McGinn.

Personal: Son of Deanne and Mike Dick, who was a collegiate swimmer at Fort Lewis ... Has one older brother, Christopher ... Plans to major in broadcast journalism.

Ryan Jensen - 6'3", 230 (Fort Morgan, Colo./Fort Morgan HS)
High School: Was a first-team all-state selection at Fort Morgan High School in Fort Morgan, Colo. ... Was an all-conference selection ... Helped Fort Morgan to the Colorado 3A state championship game ... Had 86 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior ... Also competed in baseball ... Coached by Harrison Chisum.

Personal: Son of Jane and Dean Jensen ... Has one older brother, Seth, who played football at the University of Nebraska ... Plans ot major in business.

Jonathan Jones - 5'8", 225 (Houston, Tex./Westfield HS)
High School: Was a three-teme all-district first-team selection at Westfield High School in Houston, Tex. ... Was named the team's offensive lineman of the year as a junior ... Coached by Corby Meekins ... Graduated from Westfield with a stellar 4.1 GPA ... Also ran track in high school.

Personal: Son of Jonnie Jones ... Has two older sisters: Attiya and Adlay ... Plans to major in engineering ... Enjoys drawing, watching cartoons, and playing piano.

Matt Judish - 6'4", 270 (Denver, Colo./Denver East HS)
High School: Was a second-team all-conference selection at Denver East High School in Denver, Colo. ... Was an honor roll student for three years.

Personal: Son of Ellen Judish and Donald Doublin ... Has two siblings: Jordan Martinez and Ashley Martinez ... Plans to major in history.

Neko Mendez - 6'3", 300 (Castle Rock, Colo./Douglas County HS)
High School: Was a 2nd team all-conference selection at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo. ... Was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a junior ... coached by Jeff Ketron ... Graduated from DCHS with a 3.1 GPA ... Also competed in basketball and track.

Personal: Son of Carleen and Sean Mendez, who played football at Mesa State ... Has one sibling: Derian ... Enjoys hunting, fishing and music ... Plans to major in education.

Alex Remmo - 6'6, 270 (Loveland, Colo./Thompson Valley HS)
High School: Was an all-conference selection at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colo. ... Was also an all-area selection ... Also wrestled at Thompson Valley, earning honorable mention all-state honors ... Was also an all-conference selection in wrestling ... Coached by Brian Inman ... Also ran track ... Graduated with a 3.1 GPA.

Personal: Son of Andy and Pam Remmo ... Has two younger siblings: Christian and Sevrin ... Plans to major in biology.

Cody Sanders - 6'3", 290 (Littleton, Colo./Heritage HS)
High School: Was an all-state selection at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo. ... Was the 190th ranked offensive guard in the country, according to ESPN ... Helped Heritage to run for 2,967 rushing yards and 52 rushing touchdowns his senior season.

Defensive Linemen
Ryan Cudd - 6'0", 260 (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre HS)
High School: Was a standout lineman at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo. ... Was an all-Front Range League selection ... Coached by Steve Bradley ... Also ran track and wrestled.

Personal: Son of Patricia Cudd ... Plans to major in business.

Josh Evans - 6'3", 280 (Denver, Colo./Montbello HS)
High School: Was a standout defensive and offensive linemen at Montbello High School in Denver, Colo. ... Was an all-league selection as a senior at Montbello.

Jeffrey Hampton - 6'5", 200 (Denver, Colo./Denver East HS)
High School: Was a standout defensive lineman at Denver East High School in Denver, Colo. ... Also played basketball at Denver East.

Kurtis Paradisa - 6'2", 235 (Hoehne, Colo./Hoehne HS)
High School: Was the Colorado Class A-8 Man Defensive Player of the Year at Hoehne High School in Hoehne, Colo. ... Helped Hoehne to the A-8 state semifinals ... Registered 129 tackles as senior, adding 14 sacks ... Put together two 1,000-yard seasons as Hoehne's running back, running for 1,381 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior season.

Linebackers
Sam Collins - 6'4", 220 (Pueblo, Colo./South HS)
High School: Was an all-state selection at Pueblo South High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... Helped South to three straight undefeated regular seasons and state playoff berths.

Josh Dome - 6'2", 195 (Pueblo, Colo./South HS)
High School: Was one of the state's top linebackers while at Pueblo South High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... Was named to the Colorado all-state team.
Michael DaRonch - 6'0", 205 (Cypress, Tex./Cy-Fair HS)
High School: Was a two-time all-district selection at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Tex. ... Was named team MVP and team captain ... Led the team in tackles two straight seasons, logging 260 total tackles ... Also participated in track and field.

Personal: Son of Mark and Teri DaRonch ... Has two sisters: Suzanne and Shauna ... Plans to major in criminal justice ... Enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, sand volleyball and church activities.

Defensive Backs
Brody Lockett - 5'11", 185 (Pueblo, Colo./South HS)
High School: Was an all-state selection at defensive back at Pueblo South High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... Helped the Colts to an undefeated regular season in 2008, its fourth straight undefeated regular season ... Also played basketball at South, starting at point guard for coach and father, Dave Lockett.

Kickers
Kris Briggs - 6'2", 175 (Denver, Colo./Grandview HS)
High School: Was a two-time all-district selection at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Tex. ... Was named team MVP and team captain ... Led the team in tackles two straight seasons, logging 260 total tackles ... Also participated in track and field.

Personal: Son of Mark and Teri DaRonch ... Has two sisters: Suzanne and Shauna ... Plans to major in criminal justice ... Enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, sand volleyball and church activities.

Brandon Kliesen - 6'0", 200 (Pueblo, Colo./South HS)
High School: Was a spot-on kicker at Pueblo South High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... In two years of work as the team's placekicker, was 9-for-9 on field goal attempts, his longest being a 43-yarder ... 51-for-56 on extra points.

Athlete
Kameron Wilhite - 6'2", 185 (Pueblo, Colo./South HS)
High School: Was a standout football and basketball player at South High School in Pueblo, Colo. ... Part of a South team that went undefeated in the regular season in 2008 ... Passed for 245 yards in the Colts' playoff game vs. Dakota Ridge.


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