Aggies lock-up solid recruiting class

New Mexico State Coach Hal Mumme announced that 19 student-athletes have signed a national letter of intent to attend New Mexico State University on a football scholarship

Of those 19 student-athletes, 18 are high school seniors.

NMSU is also announcing that four mid-year junior college transfer have joined the program and are on campus.

The Aggies signed four players from the state of Hawai'i, all from Kahuku High School.

NMSU also signed two high school student-athletes from New Mexico.

2005 New Mexico State Football Recruiting Class

Richie Bolin, DE, 6-2, 270, Bakersfield, Calif. (North Bakersfield HS)
Bolin registered 14 quarterback sacks, 42 solo tackles and 26 total tackles for loss his senior year. He was a first team All-Area pick and the Southwest Yosemite League Defensive Player of the Year. He was a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines and a standout basketball player. He was a Bakersfield Jockey Club Award winner, the recipient of the Jerry Collins Memorial Scholarship Award given to the top lineman and received the NHS Star Award given to the student-athlete who portrays sportsmanship, scholarship, and competitiveness. He was a third team All-State, first team All- Southwest Yosemite League and first team All-Area pick as a junior. He was also a two-time honorable mention all-league pick as a basketball player. He had 10 points and seven rebounds in Friday's win over West Bakersfield High to improve the Stars record to 15-5 and 4-0 in league play.

"He has great leadership qualities, second to none, even as a junior. His size and speed combination is very rare for a lineman. He has a relentless attitude on the field and with his work ethic. His athleticism is exceptional. He is the center on our basketball team. Some of the things he does on pass rush we can't even teach."

Mike Snow, head coach, North Bakersfield High School

Dustin Bruns, OL, 6-4, 280, Amarillo, Texas (Palo Duro HS)
He was named to the Amarillo Globe News Super Team, was a unanimous first team All-District 3-4A pick and was an honorable mention all-state pick. He was a three-year starter at center for the Dons, helping them to the playoffs all three seasons. He finished second in the district shot put last year, helping Palo Duro to its first district track title since 1985. Palo Duro posted an 8-4 record, including 5-1 in district and advanced to Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals in 2003. This year the Dons had a perfect 5-0 record in district 3-4A record, the school's first undefeated conference season since 1987 and finished at 8-3 overall. He also played defensive tackle for the Dons. Three players from this year's Palo Duro football team signed Division I scholarships.

"I think he has a lot of ability. He's a big kid who will get better. I love his competitiveness and work ethic. He is very intelligent. Our system is similar to New Mexico State. He is a good leader and a good student and a solid young man. He's very excited about the staff at NMSU." Steve Parr, head coach, Palo Duro High School

Roberto Davis, OL, 6-4, 265, Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove HS)
Davis was a second team Class 5A All-State pick his senior year for Copperas Cove High School. Davis didn't allow a sack and blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers. He was also a two-time All-District 13-5A selection. He helped lead the Tigers to a perfect 7-0 district record this season and the area round of the Class 5A, Division II playoffs. The Bulldogs finished 10-2 this season and averaged 32 points per game.

"One of our assistant coaches that was a coach at Louisiana Tech compares him to Willie Roaf. He has a great wingspan, which suits him well at tackle. I think he could even play tight end. He has great athleticism."

Jack Welch, head coach, Copperas Cove High School

Max Fairclough, LB, 6-2, 215, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS) Fairclough was an honorable mention all-state pick and an honorable mention O'ahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick as senior. He made nine tackles in the Red Raiders' 17-14 loss to Leilehua in the Division I state semifinals. He was a two-year starter, playing on Kauku's 2003 state championship team that went 14-0.

"He is very strong, a very hard hitter. He played middle linebacker for us. He is one of those tough guys that can fill the hole with authority." Siuaki Livai, head coach, Kahuku High School

La'Auli Fonoti, TE, 6-2, 225, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS)
Fonoti was a second team O'ahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick this season, leading the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and the state semifinals. He was a two-year starter for the Red Raiders and played on the 2003 state championship team that went 13-0.

"He has great size and a great motivation to do well. He is a great blocker and he will be a great asset. We are not a passing school, but he has the ability to catch the ball." Siuaki Livai, head coach, Kahuku High School

Ryan Franzoy, TE, 6-2, 210, Hatch, N.M. (Hatch Valley HS)
Franzoy helped lead the Bears to a second consecutive New Mexico Class 2A title by hauling in 55 passes for 957 yards this season. He had seven catches for 148 yards and a touchdown in the team's title victory over Santa Rosa. He was a first team All-State pick as a junior and senior. The Bears offense scored 50 or more points 10 times this season and the Bears outscored their three opponents by a margin of 149-23. During his three years as a starter, Hatch Valley posted a combined record of 32-4 including a perfect 13-0 mark this season. "He is one of those guys I was able to coach since the eighth grade. He is a very hard worker. He's a great student. He has great technique and runs great routes. He also had his biggest games in the state championship games. He was always able to perform under pressure. He is a great possession receiver. He has great hands. He never wore gloves. He has a lot of confidence in catching the ball. A lot of the things the Aggies will do is what we do here. A lot of time he was flexed out and moves well in space." Charles Gleghorn, head coach, Hatch Valley High School

Royal Gill, QB, 6-5, 215, Boise, Idaho (Pima College/Stephen F. Austin/Eagle HS)
Gill is a mid-year transfer to New Mexico State from Pima Community College. He was an honorable mention All-Region pick at Pima last year after completing 134 of 241 passes for 1,963 yards, 17 touchdowns and just one interception. Pima finished 9-3, won the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic and finished fifth in the final NJCAA national poll. He threw the winning touchdown pass with just over three minutes left to go in Pima's 10-7 upset of #3 Kilgore in the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic. Pima finished 6-3 in the Western States Football League and ranked fourth in the conference in total offense (388 yards per game) and second in scoring (34.9 points per game). He redshirted his first season at Stephen F. Austin in 2002 and played in one game in 2003. Royal led Eagle High School to the Idaho Class 5A state title with a undefeated 12-0 season in 2001. He passed for 2,566 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior season. Royal was named first team All-State his senior season and was a first team All-Conference pick his junior and senior seasons. He threw for 6,409 yards in his high school career. He also led Eagle to the state semifinals as a sophomore.

"He is a very good kid. He has a big time arm, he can throw the deep ball and he keeps his poise very well. He is a real team leader and forms great relationships with his receivers. I think he is the perfect quarterback for New Mexico State." Jeff Scurran, former head coach, Pima Community College

Scott Grantham, QB, 6-1, 175, El Paso, Texas (Franklin HS)
Grantham was the All-City and the District 1-5A offensive MVP as a senior and an honorable mention All-State pick. He led the city in passing with 3,334 yards, 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He completed 63 percent of his passes as a senior. He led Franklin to a 10-2 record and the area round of the Class 5A playoffs for the first time in four years. In the Class 5A, Division II Area playoff game against Midland, Grantham completed passes of 93, 69 and 67 yards. He finished the game with 449 yards passing. He also had 443 yards and five touchdown passes in a 42-20 win over Las Cruces High, 333 yards passing in a 42-28 win over Coronado, and 319 in a 50-3 win over Hanks.

"He is a leader and very smart. He is very good at reading defenses and learns very quickly. He has a strong arm. He is good at throwing it to the area that's open. I think with his determination and skill he will make it at the next." Tony Grijalva, El Paso Franklin head coach

Gerald Guerrier, DB, 5-11, 185, Irvington, N.J. (Irvington High School)
He was a first team All-Essex County and a Super 100 selection in the state of New Jersey. He had 84 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, six interceptions and returned one interception for a touchdown. As a receiver, he caught 64 passes for 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Polo Gutierrez, OL, 6-2, 276, Corpus Christi, Texas (Carroll HS)
Polo was a three-year starter at Carroll High School. He played center, guard and tackle. He helped Carroll to a 7-4 record his junior season including a 4-1 mark in district 28-5A play. He was All-District all three years. Carroll was 6-4 overall and 3-2 in district play this season.

"He has always loved the weight room and loves playing the game. He doesn't consider it work. He approaches practice with a lot of excitement. He has demonstrated a skill in pass protection. He is tailored to the college game especially at New Mexico State. One of the things he brings is a great work ethic and staying power. He is going to work to get on the field. He will be successful and is technically sound." Terry Morris, head coach, Corpus Christi Carroll High School

A.J. Harris, WR/DB, 6-2, 190, Baton Rouge, La. (Redemptorist HS)
Harris started for two seasons at Redemptorist, including his junior season when the Wolves won the Class 4A state championship with a 14-1 record. Harris earned second team All-District 7-4A honors on both offense and defense as a senior. He caught 25 passes for 508 yards and six touchdowns as a senior for the district champion Wolves.

"He's a big physical guy at receiver. He also plays basketball. He is not afraid to go across the middle. For a guy his size, he has good speed. He was also our starting strong safety and a great special team's player. As a special team's player, he made a lot of big hits for us. At safety, we used him a lot in man coverage. He was really our nickel back. Between his speed, his ability to catch the ball, and working with the NMSU coaches on his route running, he should be a great player in that system." Guy Mistretta, head coach, Baton Rouge Redemptorist

Maveu Heimuli, OL, 6-4, 335, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS)
Maveu was an honorable mention O'ahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick this season, leading the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and the state semifinals. He was a two-year starter at outside linebacker and played on Kauku's 2003 state championship team that went 14-0.

"He was our right tackle. He is a very disciplined kid. He is a great run blocker." Siuaki Livai, head coach, Kahuku High School

Michael Hernishin, 6-2, 235, Corona, Calif. (Chaffey College/Corona HS)
Hernishin is a mid-year transfer from Chaffey College. He had 135 tackles, six quarterback sacks and three interceptions in his only season at Chaffey. He was an honorable mention all-state pick. He was a three-year starter at Corona High School and an all-state pick his senior season.

Jahmeel Hobson, WR/DB, 5-10, 165, El Paso, Texas (Andress HS)
Hobson was a first team All-District and district MVP in 1-4A. He tied for the city lead in interceptions with eight and was third in the city in receiving with 34 catches for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jahmeel led Andress to 11-1 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in district 1-4A play. He played cornerback and returned both kickoffs and punts. He was also a first team All-City and second team All-State pick. He played cornerback. Jahmeel also returned two punts for a touchdown.

"He is very versatile, that's what made him so special for us. He did everything he was asked to do. Overall, he has great athleticism and his desire to win was a big factor. I thought he was the most valuable player in the city this year. Not many people would kick to him, and when they did, they were sorry that they did." Allen Sepkowitz, head coach, Andress High School

Cole Marton, DB, 6-0, 195, Carlsbad, CA (Palomar JC/Air Force/CarlsbadHS)
Marton is a mid-year transfer to New Mexico State from Palomar College. He had four interceptions for 38 yards as a starting cornerback this season at Palomar. He had an interception and a fumble recovery against Fullerton College. He also had two interceptions against Golden West College. Marton played in two games on special teams at Air Force as a freshman. Marton was a first team All-Conference pick as a senior at Carlsbad High School, helping the team to the CIF southern section title. He was also a four-year letterwinner in track.

"I like his athleticism. He is very smart. We had him playing out of position. He played corner for us. I think he's more suited at safety. He has a 35 inch vertical leap. The talent he brings you can't coach. He's physical, tough, and smart. He was one of the more physical guys in the conference and our league has some very talented secondary players. His versatility is a real plus." Joe Early, head coach, Palomar Junior College

Jarrod McCullar, DB, 6-2, 190, Terrell, Texas (Terrell High School)
McCullar was a second team All-District 16-4A pick as a senior for the Tigers. He helped lead Terrell to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. Terrell went 6-5 this season and 7-5 and advanced to the area round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs in 2003. Jarrod was a starting cornerback and also had two catches for 77 yards and a touchdown as a wide receiver in 2004. He was part of a defense that allowed only 247 yards per game in 2004. He ran the second leg on the nation's second fastest high school 4 x 100-meter relay team (40.6). He is the school's senior class president and has a 3.4 grade point average. He caught a 60-yard, game winning touchdown pass in a playoff victory in 2003.

"He is very fast. He is even a better person than he is a football player. You are getting the best we have to offer. He's a great student. He is a cover corner and we played a lot of one on one coverage with him. Our other corner signed with Utah today." Todd York, head coach, Terrell High School

Maurice Murray, DE, 6-3, 280, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach CC/Poly HS)
Murray is a mid-year transfer from Long Beach City College. In 10 games this season, Murray had 38 total tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception, helping Long Beach City College to a 7-5 record including five wins in its last six games. He was a second team All-Mission Conference American Division selection. The Vikings won the Mission conference American Bowl and advanced to the second round of the Southern California playoffs. He had a season high eight tackles twice, both against Saddleback College. He also had five tackles against Orange Coast College and Mt. San Antonio College. He played offensive guard at Long Beach Poly High School.

"He is a very hard working, disciplined kid. I coached him as an offensive lineman in high school. He is a guy that has great potential. I think he could end up playing tackle. He is an excellent punch, he's getting better at using his hands, and I think he will be a real force. He has done some really good things to get him in the position he's at." Jerry Jaso, head coach, Long Beach City College

David Niumatalolo, DL, 6-4, 300, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS)
David was an honorable mention O'ahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick his senior season, leading the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and the state semifinals. He was the team's starting defensive tackle and also played defensive end. He was a two-year starter and played on Kauku's 2003 state championship team that went 14-0. "He is a 4.0 student. He is a very smart player and hard worker." Siuaki Livai, head coach, Kahuku High School

Matt Schoonover, 6-3, 290, OL, Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas HS)
Schoonover was a third team Class 5A All-State pick and first team All-District 13-5A pick his senior year for the Bulldogs. He played on an offensive line that blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. He helped lead the Tigers to a perfect district record this season and the area round of the Class 5A, Division II playoffs, finishing with an 11-2 record.

"He is extremely strong and smart. He played offensive guard for us and will be a great player for New Mexico State." Jack Welch, head coach, Copperas Cove High School

Chris Williams, RB, 5-8, 140, Rio Rancho, N.M. (Rio Rancho HS)
Williams ran for nearly 2,100 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior at Rio Rancho High School, earning first team All-State honors. He scored 26 rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and returned three kicks for touchdowns in 11 games. He is also an outstanding track athlete, scoring 20 1/2 points at last year's Class 5A state championships. He won the 200-meter dash and the high jump. He also won the state high jump title as a sophomore in 2003.

"He is the best I've ever been around and I've been in the business 20 years. He is very explosive. He has the ability to move from point A to point B in a hurry, not only vertically, but also horizontally. A lot of great athletes have one, but not the other. We could throw the ball up in the air and he could go get it. He is probably the purest speed, vision guy I've been around. You usually have a guy that is strong in one area or the other. It's seldom that you get it all in one package. When he is making a move, he's looking down the field thinking of his second or third move. Guys like that usually are playing on Sunday. He has an uncanny ability to find seams and running lanes. When you are a sub 4.4 guy, you can make a lot of things happen." Phil Lopez, head coach, Rio Rancho High School

Tim Woloschak, TE, 6-2, 243, (Phoenix CC/Deer Valley HS)
Woloschak was a starter at fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker this year for Phoenix Community College. He was a redshirt at Glendale Community College in 2003. Tim was a three-year letterwinner at Deer Valley High School. He played tight end and linebacker and was a starter at both positions as a senior. He had 550 yards receiving as a junior before Deer Valley moved to a run-oriented offense his senior year. He had 94 tackles as a senior.

"Tim was a victim of his own athleticism. He came here with great skills. He can run a 4.7, catches the ball and is a smart kid. We started him off at tight end. He was going to be our h-back, but he blocked so well. We moved him to defensive end and he eventually played linebacker for us. I think he is going to shine. He is athletic and he is smart. That's a deadly combination on the football field. He can really smell stuff out before it happens." Ron Wolfley, head coach, Phoenix College

Chris Woods, DB, 5-10, 185, Midland, Texas (Midland HS)
Woods was an honorable mention All-State and a first team All-District 3-5A pick his senior season. He helped the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record and the third round of the Class 5A, Division II playoffs. He caught 57 passes for 751 yards and 10 touchdowns. Woods set MHS career records with 94 receptions and 17 touchdowns. He caught an 83-yard touchdown pass in Midland's 34-30 victory over El Paso Franklin in the Class 5A Division II Area playoffs. He was a two-year starter.

"Chris was an integral part of our passing game. He is a very talented athlete. He was our leading receiver. He was our go-to guy. We pattern our offense after what Coach Mumme and what Coach Leach do offensively. He will fit well into that kind of system. He is a 4.4 type of guy, so he has great speed, but he always came up with the big catch for us. He played inside receiver for us. Not only did he catch it, but also he ran some sweeps. He's very unselfish." Craig Yenzer, head coach, Midland High School

Michael Zant, 5-11, 180, DB, Midland, Texas (Midland HS)
Zant was an honorable mention All-State and a first team All-District 3-5A pick his senior year. He was also a first team All-West Texas and All-Permian Basin pick. He had 125 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. Midland went 10-3. Midland defeated Burleson (31-10) and El Paso Franklin (34-30) before losing to Denton Ryan in the Class 5A division II regionals. It was the second playoff berth for the Bulldogs in the last three years. He is expected to graduate in the top 10 percent of his senior class. "He was a tremendous free safety. We run the old desert swarm Arizona defense, so our free safety is heavily involved in both pass defense and run support. He also has a great ability to read coverages. He was a big hitter and runs really well. He is always around the ball. He seems to have that sixth sense." Craig Yenzer, head coach, Midland High School

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