NMSU announced the 2007 signing class

New Mexico State Head Football Coach Hal Mumme announced the Aggies' 2007 signing class Wednesday afternoon. 22 student-athletes have signed with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University on a football scholarship beginning 2007.

The Aggies also beefed up both the offensive and defensive lines as NMSU signed five offensive linemen and two defensive linemen. Five linebackers, three running backs, four defensive backs, a wide receiver, a quarterback, a kicker and a wide receiver round out this year's class

Here are the 2007 NMSU Class
WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO AGGIELAND:
Randell Bell, RB, 5-8, 191, Roswell, Ga.
(Roswell High School/Hargraves Prep)
Hargraves Prep: At Hargraves Prep, Bell rushed for over 800 yards on 130 carries and had 12 catches for 110 yards in an offense that used multiple backs. High School: Randell was a first team 5A all-State and all-region selection his senior season at Roswell High School under coach Tim McFarlin and he was the North Metro Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he rushed from 1,924 yards, averaged 6.5 yards per carry and had 24 touchdowns while being named the Region 65A Player of the Year and the North Fulton Nation Player of the Year. His junior year he ran for 1,682 yards and had 15 touchdowns.

Kyle Hughes, K, 6-1, 190, Columbia, S.C
(Ridge View High School/Hargraves Prep)
Hargraves Prep: Hughes was 10-for-11 in field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards at Hargraves Prep, where he did not miss a PAT. His only field goal that he missed was blocked. High School: As a senior at Ridge View High School, he was an all-State and North-South All-Star selection while being named team offensive MVP. Hughes received all-region and all-area accolades in 2004 and 2005. He was 22-of-24 in field goal attempts for his career with a career long of 54 yards, all while never using a kicking tee. Hughes made five field goals that were 45 yards or longer, never missed a field goal from inside 45 yards and made all of his career PAT attempts. Kyle holds the Blazer school record for most field goals in a game (4), most in a season (12) and the longest (54) for coach Raymond Jennings. A four-year letterman in soccer where he was an all-State, all-Region, scsoccer.com Super 22 and 4A State Player of the Year.

Russell Wantowski, LB, 6-2, 215, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Radford High School/Hargraves Prep) Hargraves Prep: Wantowski recorded 65 tackles and seven sacks at Hargraves Prep. High School: At Radford High School, he was a two-time all-State selection, was named to the 2005 West Region all-American team and made the Senior Bowl. A three-time first team all-league defensive end, he finished his career with 262 tackles, 96 tackles for loss, 19 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries, three blocked punts and 44.5 sacks for coach Fred Salanoa.

Chuck Taylor, OG, 6-3, 320, Hamilton, N.J. (Hamilton West High School/Fork Union Prep) Fork Union Prep: Taylor led the team in pancake blocks both years he played at Fork Union Prep. Last season he had 21 pancake blocks and the prior season he had 15. Chuck also saw some time on the defensive line, where he had nine tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass breakups. At Fork Union's combine day, Taylor tallied 26 repetitions at 225 pounds in the bench press. High School: His senior year in high school, Taylor earned first team defense and offense all-Colonial Valley Conference, all-area and all-county accolades while playing in the Sunshine Classic All-Star Game. He had 63 tackles, 24 of which were solo, four sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss at defensive tackle as a senior under coach Frank Gatto. His junior year he was named second team offensive all-Area

Wallace Jennings, OL, 6-3, 310, American Samoa (Leone High School) High School: Jennings was a standout offensive lineman for Leone High School. He helped his team to a 7-6 record in 2005 and a third place finish in the island playoffs, earning him a first team all-AHSS. As a senior, Jennings and the Lions posted a 7-1 record, finishing second in the island playoffs. He was again named a first team all-AHSS selection, earning a spot in the 2006 Samoa Bowl and on the AHSS All-Star team. Wallace was also an Honor Roll student all four years in high school.

Ronald Opetaia, RB, 5-10, 205, American Samoa (LBJ High School) High School: A running back/cornerback at Fagaitua High School in Samoa, Opetaia helped lead his team to three straight island championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005, finishing as the island runner-up in 2006. As a junior, Opetaia started at cornerback, recording 36 tackles and three sacks. He also collected three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. As a senior, he switched to running back, leading the team with 1,263 yards on the ground, while scoring 16 touchdowns. Opetaia was a three-time Offensive Player of the Week and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors at the end of the season. He was also a member of the Honor Roll all four years of high school.

Boyblue Aoelua, LB, 5-11, 220, American Samoa (Fagaitua High School) High School: Boyblue was the Fagaitua High School starting linebacker for three years, helping his team to three straight island championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005, finishing as the island runner-up in 2006. Boyblue and Fagaitua High School posted back-to-back undefeated season in 2004 and 2005. He was a first team all-AHSS selection during his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season, Boyblue recorded 64 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and five fumble recoveries. He also played in the Samoa Bowl in 2005 and 2006 and was named to the AHSS All-Star team both years. He was also a member of the Honor Roll all four years of high school.

Eddie Tautolo, OL, 6-5, 300, American Samoa (Samoana High School) High School: Tautolo was an outstanding offensive lineman for the Samoana High School Sharks, staring at offensive tackle for three seasons. In 2006, Tautolo helped the Sharks to a fourth place finish in the island playoffs. He was a two-time first team all-AHSS selection in 2005 and 2006, while earning a spot in the Samoa Bowl in 2006. Tautolo also played center and was the team's long snapper. In two seasons a starting tackle he never allowed a sack. He was also an Honor Roll student all four years of high school

Julius Fleming, RB, 5-9, 175, Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS) High School: 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, the District Most Valuable Player in 2005, 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. Fleming 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

Alphonso Powell, CB, 5-11, 180, Fr., Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove HS) High School: Powell played both cornerback and wide receiver for the Copperas Cove Bulldogs. As a senior, Powell spent most of his time at cornerback, tallying 48 tackles, six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns and recovering two fumbles. As a wide receiver, Powell caught nine passes and scored seven touchdowns. He helped his team to the state quarterfinals in Division 13-5A, while also winning the district championship, as the Bulldogs posted a 13-1 record. Powell was named an all-District and all-State selection his senior season. As a junior, Powell helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs. He was named to the all-District team, while earning an all-State Honorable Mention spot. He recorded 34 catches and 12 touchdowns at the wide receiver spot. As a sophomore, Powell caught 29 passes and four touchdowns, earning all-District honors.

Ana Tuiososopa, OL, 6-1, 275, Honolulu, Hawaii (Saint Louis HS)
High School: Ana was the only senior on the Saint Louis High School offensive line that posted an 11-1 record and won the ILH Conference title. He also helped his team to the state championship game. Ana was named a first team all-State selection by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star Bulletin. He also earned first team all-ILH conference honors his senior and junior seasons. Ana played in the HUB Goodwill Classic Senior Bowl and participated on the Hawaii All-Star team in the Samoa Bowl.

Vince Butler, CB, 5-11,177, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite High School/NMMI)
NMMI: In two years at NMMI, Butler had 69 tackles, 12 pass breakups, one quarterback sack and one interception where he was primarily matched up against the opponent's top receiver. High School: In high school, Butler transferred from Los Angeles, Calif. to North Mesquite High School his junior year and spent that year as a running back. His senior year he moved to cornerback where in his first year at the position he earned honorable mention all-district accolades while recording 42 tackles along with two interceptions. Vince ran track at North Mesquite and he qualified for the regional state meet in the 400 meter dash.

E.J. Cannon, NT, 6-0, 290, Odessa, Texas (Odessa High School/ New Mexico Military)
New Mexico Military Institute: Cannon lettered two years at New Mexico Military Institute where he played defensive end. He played in five games in 2006 and recorded 13 tackles. In 2005 he played in all 11 games and recorded 37 total tackles and one quarterback sack, ten of those tackles were tackles for a loss. E.J. attained the rank of 1st lieutenant in the corp of cadets at NMMI. High School: At Odessa High School, Cannon was named to the class 3-5A honorable all-District his senior season.

Chris West, WR, 6-1, 200, Devine, Texas (Devine High School)
High School: West helped the Devine Warhorses to 9-2 record in 2006 and an appearance in the state playoffs. Chris played both wide receiver and cornerback for Devine High School. As a wide receiver, West caught 41 passes for 934 yards, while running for 1,184 yards on the ground, scoring 36 touchdowns on the season. As a cornerback, West had 37 tackles and 11 interceptions, returning one interception for a touchdown and one touchdown on a fumble return. West was named to the Dave Campbell's Texas Football team as a defensive back beating out over 60,000 other high school players for the award in class 1-5A. He was named a first-team AP all-State member on both offense and defense. He was also named the Great San Antonio two-way Player of the Year. West continued to rack up the honors by being named an all-District selection as a wide receiver and cornerback.

Junior Fasavalu, DB, 6-2, 185, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach City College/ Long Beach Poly)
Long Beach City College: Junior was the Vikings starter at free safety in 2006 and cornerback in 2005. In 2006, Junior was second on the team in tackles with 50, recording two tackles-for-a-loss of five yards, three interceptions, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. He was selected to the all-Mission Football Conference second team (American Division) and helped his team to a Mission Conference and American Bowl Championships. In 2005, Junior tallied 35 tackles, two tackles-for-a-loss, one sack and three pass break-ups as the Vikings starting cornerback.

J.J. McDermott, QB, 6-4, 220, Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch High School)
High School: McDermott was a first team all-district, all-region and third team all-state honoree his senior season when he passed for 2,315 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading Cinco Ranch High School to the third round of the playoffs. He averaged 17.8 yards per completion and had two touchdown passes of 99 yards. He completed 36-of-71 pass attempts for 401 yards and four touchdowns his junior year before an injury caused him to miss action.

Michael Grady, OL, 6-3, 300, Corpus Christi, Texas (Carroll HS)
High School: Grady was a two year starter for the Carroll Tigers on the offensive line. He helped his team to a 7-4 record in 2006 and a berth in the first round of the state playoffs. Grady's offensive blocking allowed the Tigers to tally 380 yards of total offense a game. As a junior, Grady and the Tigers went undefeated in the regular season (9-0), making the first round of the playoffs. He helped the Tigers pass for over 2,400 yards that season, averaging close to 250 yards passing and 250 yards rush a game. Grady was a team captain his senior season and was the first offensive lineman in recent years to earn the Big Cat Award.

Jeff Lucas, LB, 6-3, 215, Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward HS)
High School: Lucas was St. Edwards top linebacker in 2006, helping his team to the Ohio State quarterfinals. St. Edwards was ranked as high as fourth in the nation in 2006. During his senior year, Lucas recorded 125 tackles, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception. In 2006, Lucas was a PrepStar Magazine all-Regional selection, as well as an Ohio all-Northeast District member. He was also named to the Max Emfinger all-American team and participated in the Max Emfinger All-American Game Classic in Shreveport, La. Lucas was ranked by Insider.com (ESPN) as the #69 linebacker in the nation. As a junior, Lucas tallied 80 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He helped lead his team to the Ohio State semifinals in 2005.

Nick Ply, LB, 6-3, 238, Jr., Oak Park, Calif. (Ventura JC)
2006: Nick played in 11 games for the Aggies, playing both special teams and linebacker. On the season, Ply collected eight tackles, including a career-high four tackles against Louisiana Tech (12/2). Ventura JC: While at Ventura JC, Ply earned all-Western State Conference as a linebacker in 2005. He was also named the team captain and given the team's Outstanding Linebacker award. During his time at Ventura, Ply tallied 115 tackles, five tackles and three pass break-ups. High School: Ply led the Oak Park Eagles to a 6-6 record in 2002 and a trip to the quarterfinals. Ply was named all-Tri Valley first team and an all-Ventura County first team selection at linebacker. He was also selected as an all-league member in hockey and track & field. Personal: Ply is the son of Michael and Veronica Ply. He is undecided in his major. Raymond Manumaleuna, NG, 6-3, 310, Jr., Laie, Hawai'i (Snow College)
2006: Ray played in 11 games at nose tackle for the Aggies. He recorded nine tackles on the season, including a season-high four tackles against Hawai'i. He also collected two sacks, a forced fumble and one pass break-up. Snow College: While at Snow College, Raymond helped his team to a 10-2 in 2005. Snow College finished eighth in the NJCAA, including a Top of the Mountain Bowl victory. In 2003 and 2004, before heading to Snow College, Raymond served an LDS Mission in the State of Pennsylvania. Ricks College: In 2001 Raymond played as a defensive tackle for Ricks College JC, in Idaho. He helped Ricks College to a 10-1 record, a fifth place in the NJCAA and a win in their final JC Bowl game. High School: Raymond primarily played defensive tackle, but would also play offensive guard for Kahuku High School in short yardage situations. Raymond helped his team to their first state championship in 2001, as he earned first team all-State and all-Conference honors. He was also recruited by Utah, Arizona, Hawai'i and BYU. Personal: Raymond is the son of Taylor and Ella Manumaleuna. Kramer Winingham, LB, 6-2, 235, Jr., San Anselm (Yuma College)
2006: Kramer played in 10 games for the Aggies on both special teams and linebacker. He collected three tackles on the year. Yuma College: While at Yuba College, John played both linebacker and defensive back. In 2004, He broke the school's single-season record for tackles with 90. In 2005, he moved over to defensive back earning all-Conference honors. High School: In 2002 John helped lead his team to a 7-5 record and a spot in the state semifinals. He was named Mr. Defense and earned first team all-Conference honors. Personal: John is the son of John Winingham and Shelley Kraurer. He plans to major in Finance.

Kenny Evora, S, 6-3, 220, Widefield, Colo. (Mesa Ridge HS)
2006: Kenny did not play in 2006 due to an injury. High School: Kenny played safety and wide receiver for the Mesa Ridge Grizzles. During his senior season, Evora recorded 10 catches and four touchdowns, while averaging 28 yards per catch. On the defensive side of the ball, Evora tallied 77 tackles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery. He was named a first team all-Conference selection his senior year. He suffered a season ending injury his junior season. Kenny's sophomore season he earned Gatorade Rookie of the Year accolades after recording 64 tackles and an interception. Personal: Kenny is the son of Ken and Gail Evora. He is undecided in his major.


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