Announce 2006 Football Signing Class

New Mexico State Head Football Coach Hal Mumme has announced his second recruiting class since taking the head coaching job in January of 2005. 16 student-athletes have signed with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University on a football scholarship beginning 2006.

The 2006 recruiting class includes five transfers, including four from junior colleges. The Aggies also beefed up both the offensive and defensive lines as NMSU signed six offensive linemen and three defensive linemen. Four linebackers, two wide receivers and a running back round out this year's class.

Akieem Jolla, WR, 6-3, 200, New Orleans, La. (University of Miami/ St. Augustine) Jolla transfers from the University of Miami where he played three seasons (2002, 2004 & 2005). During his time at Miami, Jolla caught 24 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, Jolla played in 10 games and caught four passes for 47 yards. His most productive season for the Hurricanes was in 2004 when he caught 15 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, including a career-high four catches for 43 yards against Clemson. In 2003, Jolla received a medical redshirt and did not see the playing field. Coming out of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, La., Jolla was rated as a top 5 receiver by numerous scouting services and was rated the nation's #41 prospect (regardless of position) by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He earned first-team All-State honors as a senior he had 34 catches for 915 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jolla was also an All-District and All-Parish selection that season. As a junior, Jolla recorded 30 receptions for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also a letterwinner in basketball and track & field, earning All-State honors in the 200 & 400-meter dash and both relay teams.

"We certainly hated to see Akieem go. He has excellent speed and is very athletic. He'll be a good addition to the New Mexico State program. He'll give them some maturity and speed and big-play avbility." University of Miami Head Coach Larry Coker

James Farrelly, OL, 6-4, 285, Boulder City, Nev. (Boulder City HS/ Snow College) Farrelly is a mid-year transfer from Snow College in Ephrain, Utah. While at Snow College, Farrelly helped the Badgers to a 19-3 record during the 2003 & 2005 seasons. In 2003, Farrelly and the Badgers won the Western State Football League title with a 9-1 record, winning the Golden Isles Bowl in the postseason. In 2004, Farrelly received a medical red shirt. Farrelly came back stronger than ever in 2005, helping the Badgers to a 10-2 overall record and a win in the Zions Bank Top of the Mountain Bowl, defeating No. 6 Butler 17-14. Also in 2005, Farrelly was named a preseason All-American and earned WSFL All-Conference honors for his play at offensive tackle. In high school, Farrelly played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Boulder City H.S. in Boulder City, Nev. During his senior season in 2002, Farrelly helped the Eagles to a Division Championship and a 6-4 overall record. He earned first team All-Conference at both offensive and defensive tackle positions, while being named a first team all-State pick at offensive tackle and a second team All-State selection at defensive tackle. Farrelly was also be named Southern Nevada's 3A Lineman of the Year. Farrelly was also an accomplished wrestler, winning the state championship at 275 pounds and posting a 40-0 record during the season. He would cap off his high school career with a state championship in the discus. Farrelly was also being recruited by Illinois, Hawai'i, UNLV and New Mexico.

"James was a two-year starter and considered to be one of my top offensive linemen. He was the anchor of the offensive line. My team went 19-3 with James as a starter and that's a big deal. James was a leader for me as far as work ethic went. He was also a leader in the weight room, always putting in work." Snow College Head Coach Steve Coburn Patrick Blount, OL, 6-5, 280, Dallas, Texas (Richland Hills HS) Blount was a three-year letter winner at Richland Hills H.S. in Dallas, Texas in football, track & field and wrestling. He played both center and left tackle, while bench-pressing an impressive 300 pounds during his senior season. In 2005, Blount earned second team All-District honors. Blount was also recruited by UL-Monroe, Houston and Army.

"Patrick is a very athletic offensive lineman with a lot of upside. He is a big kid who is excellent in and out of the classroom." Richland HS Head Coach Gene Wier

Joel Buschmann, OL, 6-4, 300 Denver, Colo. (Columbine HS) Buschmann was a first team All-Centennial League selection for Columbine High School in 2005. He helped lead his team to a 10-2 record overall in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the 5A State playoffs. Buschmann also earned first team All-Colorado after helping Columbine rush for over 4,100 yards as a team in 2005. He was also recruited by Colorado, Iowa State, Michigan, Oregon and Oklahoma.

"Joel is a great kid who is quite likable. On the field he plays smart and with an attitude. He's not afraid to compete on the field." Columbine HS Head Coach Andy Lowry

Kyle Smith, OL, 6-7, 315, Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit HS) Smith was a three-year letter winner for Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, Texas on the offensive line. In 2005, Smith helped his team to a share of the district title and the second round of the 5A state playoffs as Mansfield Summit went 9-3 overall. Smith was named an All-District selection and also earned All-Tarrant County. He was named to the Texas High School 5A first team all-Region 1. Kyle was part of three district championship teams during his high school career. In addition to his impressive accomplishments on the field, Smith was also a 3.9 student in high school. Smith is also recruited by Tulane, New Mexico, UTEP and Wyoming.

"He's a great kid on the field and in the classroom. He has a 3.9 GPA. Being that Kyle never missed a game while playing for me, I can say he's tough and durable. There's a lot of upside to Kyle. He's going to get strong and big when the coaches at NMSU get a hold of him. Kyle's been a part of a winning tradition while playing with me and will hopefully take that with him." Mansfield Summit HS Head Coach Kyle Gellar

Kawika Shook, DE, 6-4, 285, Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kamehameha HS) Shook was an honorable mention All-ILH pick in 2005 and an honorable mention All-State selection by the Honolulu Star Bulletin. As a senior in 2005, Shook tallied 40 tackles and four sacks. Shook was also recruited by Hawai'i, Washington and Utah State.

"Kawika is a guy that has great upside if he works hard and continues to learn all that he needs to learn. He is a leader type of player in the locker room. He has a great rapport with his teammates. He comes from a great family and is a great young man with a good sense of humor." Doss Tannehill Kamehameha HS Head Coach

Brett Leeds, OL, 6-4, 280, Cactus, Ariz. (Glendale CC) Leeds is a transfer from Glendale Community College where he helped the Gauchos finish the 2005 season 11-0 with a 50-48 win over Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) in the Valley of the Sun Bowl to win the NJCAA national championship. Leeds was also one of four Gauchos to earn NJCAA All-American honors. He also helped the Gauchos lead the Western State Football League in rushing with a team total of 2,449 yards, while also blocking for the league's leading rusher. In high school, Leeds was a two-year letterman in football and started every game during those two years. In his senior year, the team held a record of 12-2 and was state runner-up. Leeds was also a two-year letterman in basketball where he started every game in which he played. While participating in basketball, Leeds made first team All-Region and second team All-State. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game. Leeds also set the Cactus High School record for consecutive double-doubles with three. He also set the record for most double-doubles in a season with 11 and tied the record for most rebounds in a game with 20.

"Brett is a technician. He is very smart and plays with excellent body control. His best assets are pass blocking and playing in space." Glendale CC Head Coach Joe Kersting

Tarik Perry, ILB, 6-2, 245, Camden, N.J. (Camden HS) Perry was first team All-Conference as junior and senior. In 2005, Perry earned first team All-Group II Linebacker and All-Philadelphia Inquirer at linebacker. This past season, Perry helped his team to a 6-6 overall record and a trip to the state championship game. Perry was also recruited by Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Iowa, Syracuse & UConn.

"Tarik is a quiet leader with high character. He was our number one weightlifter and was bench-pressing 395 lbs. He's a very hard worker. New Mexico State is getting my best." Camden HS Head Coach Tom Hanson

Sioele Fakalata, NT/OL, 6-4, 295, Palo Alto, Calif. (St. Francis HS) Fakalata was a second team All-Conference selection for St. Francis High School in 2005. He tallied 45 tackles and five sacks during his junior season on the defensive line. He also played center as a junior. Fakalata was then moved over to the offensive side of the ball permanently in 2005 due to injuries on the team. During both his junior and senior seasons, Fakalata helped his team to a 9-3 overall record and the state semifinals. Fakalata was also recruited by San Jose State and California.

"Sioele played both center and nose guard for us, but unfortunately for us he was only able to go one way his senior year. He's very strong and mobile. NMSU is getting a kid who works very hard and is not afraid. He's like a bulldog. Sioele is only going to get stronger. With a year-round weight program, there's no telling how strong he can be." St. Francis HS Head Coach Mike Mitchell

J.D. Dowling, LB, 6-1, 210, McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS) Dowling was a Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention pick at the linebacker position for McKinney High School in 2005. He tallied 111 total tackles in 2005, including one sack, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one caused fumble, one pass break-up and three tackls for a loss. During his senior season, J.D. earned first team All-District, Elite 11 team, McKinney Courier Gazette first team linebacker and Star Newspaper first team All-County honors. Dowling helped lead his team to an 8-3 overall record in 2004, including a first round game in the state playoffs. Dowling was also part of a defense that allowed their opponents only 273.2 yards per game in 2004. Dowling was also recruited by Arizona, Baylor, BYU, Texas A&M and Navy.

"I've known JD Dowling since he was a ball boy so I have coached JD since he was real young. He is one of those kids that plays from the neck up. He is really bright and it is like having a coach on the field. He called all of our calls on the field the past two seasons. JD makes plays and is a tough kid that will give you 100 percent every down. He is going to be a huge asset to New Mexico State football. " McKinney HS Head Coach Todd McVay

Dante Floyd, LB, 6-0, 232, Oakland, Calif. (Laney JC) Floyd helped Laney Junior College win the Golden Gate Conference championship and knocked off previously undefeated American River College in the Capitol Shrine Bowl to finish with an overall record of 9-2 in 2005. He was named to the Region II All-California team as voted on by the California Community College Football Coaches Association and also named All-Golden Gate Conference. Floyd had a team-high 72 tackles (32 unassisted) and nine sacks for the Eagles in 2005. Floyd comes to NMSU with a teammate from Laney JC, Viliami Akoteu.

"Dante is a real player that is always around the ball. He causes a lot of havoc as far as turnovers. Dante made a lot of big plays for us during his time here and I think NMSU is really getting a touch and solid player." Laney Junior College Head Coach Jay Uchiumi

Julius Fleming, RB, 5-9, 175, Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS) Fleming was Catholic High School's leading rusher in 2005 with 1,386 yards rushing, averaging 8.5 per carry and accounted seven touchdowns. Julius also caught 27 passes for 605 yards, averaging 22.4 yards per catch and eight touchdowns. He helped his team to a 12-1 overall record in 2005 and a spot in the state semifinals. He earned first team All-District, Most Valuable Player in the District, first team All-Metro and was a first team All-State selection in 2005. Julius was also selected to play in the Capital City Classic All-Star game. He was also named an Academic All-State selection. During his junior season, Julius was also named first team All-District and rushed for over 700 yards in seven games.

"Julius is one of the most exciting players that I have ever coached. He was one of team the captains this past season and it was just a pleasure to be around him. He is a very spirited young man and he is the kind of kid that will work hard on the field and in the classroom. Julius is a playmaker and I think he will do well in coach Mumme's system." Catholic High School Head Coach, Dale Weiner

B.J. Adolpho, LB, 5-11, 215, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS) B.J. was a second team Oahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick in 2004, 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 Kahuku's 2003 state championship team that went 14-0.

"He is a very disciplined kid. He plays much bigger than his size. He's a great kid on and off the field." Kahuku HS Head Coach Siuaki Livai

Glenn ‘Scooter' Heim, DL, 6-2, 275, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS) Heim was part of a district championship team at Calallen High School that finished 9-4 overall in 2004. During that season Heim collected 100 tackles (89 unassisted) and 10 sacks. Eleven of those tackles were for a loss. He also had one interception and recovered five fumbles. Heim helped his team to the regional finals in 2004 and the state semifinals in 2003. For his efforts, Heim earn a second-team All-State selection by the Associated Press. He was also named to the All-Metro Corpus Christi team, the All-South Texas team, District Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and Academic All-Conference during both his junior and senior seasons.

"Scooter plays with great technique. He's a strong player. Scooter is a very sound football player on and off the field. He's a very good student and there won't be any trouble out of that young man. Scooter knows why he is going to school." Calallen HS Head Coach Phil Danaher

Christopher Buckner, WR, 6-1, 181, Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit HS) Buckner was a starting wide receiver for Mansfield Summit in 2004. During his senior season, Buckner earned first team All-District honors, while helping his team to a 9-4 overall record, 6-1 in district play and quarterfinalists in the state playoffs. He caught 18 passes for 377 yards and a team leading five touchdowns.

"In Coach Mumme's system I think Christopher will really flourish. During his time in high school we really weren't a passing team and the more he works in Mumme's system you will see a player that might have been looked at by several different schools. He is extremely fast and he knows how to block. That is hard to teach." Mansfield Summit HS Head Coach Kyle Gellar

Mark Pole, OL, 6-8, 340, Oakland, Calif. (Laney JC) Pole helped Laney Junior College win the Golden Gate Conference championship in 2005 and beat American River College in the Capitol Shrine Bowl to finish with an overall record of 9-2 in 2005. He was named All-Golden Gate Conference Honorable Mention. Pole racked up 30 tackles on the season.

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