The Recruits Are Now Signed Sealed and Delivered

New Mexico State Football Coach Tony Samuel has announced that 10 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Aggie football program in the fall of 2003.

Here is the run down of the six are high school seniors and two junior college players that will join the Aggies for fall drills.

Nick Cleaver, S, 6-3, 195, San Diego, Calif.

(Clairemont HS)

Nick was a two-year starter at both wide receiver and safety at Clairemont High School in San Diego. He was a first team all-Harbor League pick this year. Clairemont finished 5-5 in both his junior and senior seasons. He earned the Golden Helmet Award this year as the team's MVP. He had 110 tackles, five for loss, three interceptions, nine pass breakups, three blocked punts and 15 pass receptions for 375 yards and eight touchdowns. He is a member of the 4.0 honor roll, was named to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team and was named a San Diego Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.

Alex Gottlieb, OL, 6-4, 275, Valencia, Calif.

(Valencia HS)

Alex was a first team all-Foothill League pick as a junior and senior at Valencia High School. He was a first team all-Santa Clarita Valley pick as a junior and senior and second team all-area in 2002. He was a first team all-CIF pick in 2001 and a PrepStar All-America pick in 2001. He helped the Vikings to the CIF VII Division II finals in 2001. Alex was a two-year starter at offensive tackle. Valencia posted an 11-3 record his junior year and 6-5 mark as a senior.

Dominique Jacobs, S, 5-11, 200, Phoenix, Ariz.

(St. Mary's HS/Scottsdale Community College)

Dominique is a mid-year transfer and was a second team All-ACCAC Region-1 pick at Scottsdale Community College last fall. He was a two-year starter at Scottsdale Community College and had seven interceptions in his two seasons, four as a sophomore. He was an all-Desert Valley region pick as a senior at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix.

Travis Johnson, CB, 5-10, 175, Harbor City,

Calif. (Norbonne HS/El Camino Junior College)

Johnson played one season of football at El Camino Junior College. He led the Mission Conference in punt return average with a 10.8 average and a long return of 36 yards. He was a first team all-Marine League pick at defensive back his senior season at Norbonne High School in Harbor City. He was picked to the Prep Star Magazine all-regional team. Travis won the MVP Award for defensive backs at the USC Football Camp. His first cousins, Chad and Johnnie Morton, both play in the NFL.

Cole Leslie, OL, 6-7, 285, Tolleson, Ariz.

(Tolleson HS/Glendale Community College)

He helped lead Glendale to an 8-2 regular season record and a 7-2 record in the Western State Football League. The Gauchos averaged 28.7 points and 420 yards per game last season while scoring 50 or more points four times in 10 games. Glendale averaged 224 yards per game on the ground and 196 yards per game through the air. He then helped Glendale to a 46-42 win over Garden City in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Cole was a first team all-region pick on offense and defense in high school. He was also an all-state pick at Tolleson High School.

Mike Martinez, OL, 6-4, 270, Aurora, Colo.

(Overland HS)

Martinez was a first team, Class 5A all state pick last year at Overland High School. He was also a first team all-Colorado selection and named a Colorado Blue Chip Recruit by the Denver Post. He is also a three-year letterwinner in baseball, earning all-conference honors, and was a letterwinner in wrestling, setting a school record for most consecutive pins with 10. He was a two-year starter and helped Overland to a combined record of 19-6 in those two seasons. As a junior Overland went 10-3 and advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals and last year the team went 9-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Overland runs a split-back, veer, triple option offense. He started at offensive guard and also was the team's long snapper.

Spencer McIllwain, RB, 5-9, 190, Tulsa, Okla.

(Union HS)

Spencer helped Union High School to a 14-0 record this year and the Oklahoma Class 6A state football title. McIllwain rushed for 2,049 yards, averaged 7.2 yards per carry and scored 31 touchdowns his senior season. He was a first team all-metro pick and was nominated for the Ford Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma. He was voted one of the top 25 players in the state and was the conference offensive player of the year. He was the leading rusher and scorer in Class 6A this season. He is the school record holder for most rushing yards with over 4,300 and scored 58 touchdowns during his career. He has also been picked to play in the Oil Bowl, pitting the best players from Oklahoma against the best players from Texas. He rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns in Union's 52-3 win over Broken Arrow in the state championship game. He played on an offensive unit that averaged 43 points per game in 2002. He was listed as a Red Chip recruit by the Daily Oklahoman as one of the top players in the state. As a junior, McIllwain rushed for 1,280 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

Jarod Naylor, DL, 6-2, 270, Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)

Jarod helped Union High School to a 14-0 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A-state title in 2002. He was an all-state pick by the Daily Oklahoman, the Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association. He was the co-defensive player of the year in the conference and has been picked to play in the Oil Bowl, pitting the best players from Oklahoma against the best players from Texas. He had 121 tackles, six sacks and four fumble recoveries his senior year. He played on a defensive unit that allowed only 204 yards and 12 points per game last season. Naylor was listed on the Daily Oklahoman Blue Chip List as one of the top 14 players in the state.

Kyle Smith, OL, 6-3, 265, Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie HS)

He was listed as a Red Chip recruit by the Daily Oklahoman as one of the top players in the state. He helped lead Guthrie to a 12-2 record at the Oklahoma Class 5A-state championship. He was a two-year starter at offensive guard and defensive end. Guthrie beat #1 ranked Tulsa Washington 16-13 in state title game. Kyle was an all-state pick by the Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, an all-county pick on both the offensive and defensive lines and was the runner-up for county defensive player of the year. He has been picked to play in the Oil Bowl pitting the best players from Oklahoma against the best players from Texas. He helped lead Guthrie's program to a turnaround in the last two years. Guthrie had not been to the playoffs in seven years and had not posted a playoff victory in the previous 11 years before the 2001 season. Guthrie posted an 8-3 record his junior year and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Steven Smith, P, 6-3, 190, Duncanville, Texas

(Duncanville HS/Trinity Valley College)

Steven is a mid-year transfer and helped Trinity Valley to a 10-2 record and a 33-22 win over Jones County Junior College in the Heart of Texas Bowl. Last season Smith averaged 40.7 yards per kick on 42 attempts and had a long punt of 56 yards. He finished second in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference in punting in 2002. He averaged 39 yards per kick as a freshman. Smith earned academic all-America honors this year at Trinity Valley. He was a two-year starter at punter at Duncanville High School. He averaged 41 yards per kick as a junior and 39.5 as a senior. He helped Duncanville advance to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals his senior year.


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