Rams Sign 19 to National Letters of Intent

Colorado State Coach Sonny Lubick announced today the signing of 19 players to National Letters of Intent.

Bios:

Brian Abata, OL/DL; 6-3, 240, Fr.-HS; Denver, Colo.(Thomas Jefferson)

Abata was as three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Thomas Jefferson High. He was named to the all-conference team twice while playing both offense and defense, and earned all-state honors as a senior.

Durrell Chamorro, K; 6-1, 190, Fr.-HS; Chino, Calif. (Chino)

Chamorro is regarded as one the finest kickers in the West. He was a first-team all-conference performer as a junior and a senior. In 2004 as a senior, he was named to the CIF all-star team. He made a 48-yard field goal in 2004, the longest of his career.

Micah Crews, DB/WR; 5-11, 185, Fr.-HS; Englewood, Colo. (Kent Denver)

Crews earned all-state honors as a senior while playing both offense and defense at Kent Denver. He was a cornerback on defense who had eight interceptions in 2004. Crews also was a kickoff and punt return specialist. Offensively he gained 1,800 yards as a running back.

Zach Heim, DB; 6-2, 195, Fr.-HS; Orange, Calif. (Lutheran)

Lettered three times in football and also competed in basketball at Lutheran High. Heim played runningback and safety in football, and guard in basketball. He was named to the all-league team as a junior and senior, and was second-team choice as a sophomore. Earned All-CIF and All-State honors as a junior and senior. Heim was named the conference defensive MVP in 2004. Helped Lutheran to three consecutive league championships and was the team captain in 2004.

Klint Kubiak, DB; 6-0, 185, Fr.-HS; Englewood, Colo. (Regis)

Kubiak played both offense (wide receiver) and defense (defensive back) for Regis. He was a three-year starter for the Raiders. In 2004, he made 54 unassisted tackles and had 102 total stops along with a pair of interceptions. As a wide receiver, he caught 51 passes for 795 yards, fifth most in the state's Class 5A statistics. Named to the "All-Colorado" team by the Rocky Mountain News. Kubiak is also a standout basketball and baseball player at Regis, and the son of Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak. He's the son of Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Wade Landers, DE; 6-6, 265, Fr.-HS; Durango, Colo. (Durango)

Landers was regarded as one of the state's top defensive players in 2004. He earned three varsity letter awards in football. As a senior in 2004, he earned all-state honors for the Demons. Landers also played tight end on offense. Landers was a four-year starter both offensively and defensively and was the team's most outstanding defensive player.

Adrian Martinez, OL/DL; 6-4, 275, Fr.-HS; San Clemente Calif. (San Clemente)

All-star two-way performer as an offensive and defensive lineman at San Clemente High School. Was named first-team all-conference at San Clemente High. Martinez also earned three varsity letter awards in football and three more in wrestling. He finished fifth in the CIF wrestling championships at a junior. Named to all-state football team as a senior in 2004. In 2004 as a senior was named the conference lineman of the year.

Shawn McGoveran, DL; 6-3, 260, Fr.-HS; Arvada, Colo. (Pomona)

As a senior in 2004, he made 101 total tackles in earning first-team all-state honors. Named to the "All-Colorado" team by the Rocky Mountain News. He was a two-time All-Jefferson County League selection. He earned the reputation as one the state's most highly-regarded defensive linemen. McGovern also recorded four quarterback sacks and two pass interceptions. McGovern is also an accomplished shot putter in track and field, placing fourth in last year's state meet.

James Peterson (Morehead), OL/DL; 6-6, 265, Fr.-HS; Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge)

Led the Grizzlies to Class 4A state title in 2004. Peterson played both offensive and defensive line for ThunderRidge. He was regarded as one of the state's finest two-way performers. Peterson was as two-time all-conference selection and did not allow a quarterback sack in nine consecutive games during the 2004 season. Named to the "All-Colorado" team by the Rocky Mountain News. He earned three varsity letter awards in football for coach Joe Johnson.

Nnamdi Ohaeri, RB; 5-9, 200, Jr.-JC; San Bernardino, Calif. (UCLA)

Ohaeri formerly played defensive back and on special teams for two seasons at UCLA. Ohaeri was an all-state runningback selection at Aquinas High in San Bernardino before enrolling at UCLA. Ohaeri was also recruited by Northwestern, Syracuse, Auburn and Pittsburgh.

Sedric Patterson, LB; 6-1, 222, Fr.-HS; Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow High School)

Patterson was a two-time all-state selection at Broken Arrow High. In 2004, he led the team by making more than 157 tackles, including 78 unassisted stops, while competing in the state's largest schoolboy classification, 6A. Patterson also had eight quarterback sacks and six tackles for yards lost in 2004.

Cole Pemberton, OL; 6-7, 290, Fr.-HS; Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista)

Regarded as one of the state's finest offensive linemen. Attended Shawnee Mission (Kan.) East High before enrolling at Mountain Vista. Pemberton earned three varsity letter awards in football. He was a three-time all-conference honoree as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Jake Pottorff, LB; 6-4, 235, Fr.-HS; Greeley, Colo. (Greeley West)

Pottorff earned statewide acclaim for his play as a linebacker and fullback at Greeley West. He was the Northern League's defensive player of the year as a junior and senior, and was a two-time all-state pick. He made 27 tackles in Greeley West's 22-21 win over Mountain Vista. Offensively, Pottorff rushed for 183 yards and scored twice, and caught 14 passes for 22 yards and a pair of ouchdowns. He also lettered three times in basketball. Named to the "All-Colorado" team by the Rocky Mountain News.

Jon Radford, LB; 6-1, 230, Jr.-JC; Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School/Northeast Oklahoma A&M)

Radford was an all-conference performer for two seasons at Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College. In 2004, he was a second-team junior college All-American. He led the Southwestern Junior College Conference with 106 tackles. Radford formerly played at Tulsa Union High, where he was a prep teammate of current Rams' defensive lineman Blake Smith. He was an all-state performer in high school.

Shelley Smith, OL; 6-4, 280, Fr.-HS; Phoenix, Ariz. (Westview)

Smith was an all-star offensive lineman at Westview High in Phoenix. Smith earned three varsity letter awards in football, and was a two-year starter. Smith lettered three times in football and once in track and field. He putted the shot and threw the discus in track and field. Smith earned first-team all-region honors in 2004 as an offensive tackle and was second team as a defensive lineman. Smith was a two-time all-state performer in football and was named to the All-Arizona team as a senior. He was named the West Valley Player of the Year as a senior.

Grant Stucker, QB; 6-2, 185, Fr.-HS; Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa)

Stucker was one of the state's top prep performers during his career at Ponderosa. He was as three-year starter in football, earning three varsity letter awards, along with two in basketball and another in baseball. Stucker was a two-time honorable mention all-state selection, and was twice named second-team all-conference. He led the team to the state title as a junior and threw for more than 2,400 yards in his career, a school record.

Trevis Turner, OL; 6-8, 320, Fr.-HS; DeSoto, Tex. (DeSoto)

Named his team's most valuable player following the 2004 season. Turner earned three varsity letter awards at DeSoto, where he was as three-year starter. Turner played in the Texas High School All-Star Game following his senior season.

Tim Walter, OL/DL; 6-6, 275, Fr.-HS; Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Loyola)

Walter played football, soccer and competed in track and field at Loyola High. His brother, Jim, is the soccer coach at Loyola-Marymount. Walter earned two varsity football letter awards, three in soccer and three in track. He earned all-state honors as a junior and senior, and was named the Serra League's most valuable lineman. Walter was twice named to the all-conference team, and also earned All-Southern Section CIF honors as a senior.

Joey Rucks, DB; 5-10, 180, So.-JC; Los Angeles, Calif. (West Los Angeles Junior College)

Rucks was credited with 60 tackles, six pass interceptions, and 10 pass deflections last season at West Los Angeles Junior College. He played one season at West Los Angeles before signing with Colorado State. Rucks was a first-team junior college all-state selection in 2004. He formerly played at Dorsey High in Los Angeles. He was named to the all-city team as a senior at Dorsey as a defensive back and running back. As a senior he made 128 tackles including 28 for yards lost, had three pass interceptions, blocked one punt and two field goals. He also rushed for four touchdowns and scored another by returning an interception. Rucks was the co-MVP of his conference as a senior, when he also earned first-team all-league honors.


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