Eye On Recruiting: The 2008 Recruiting Class

After winning the New Mexico Bowl and a 9-4 season the UNM follows it up with quite possibly their greatest recruiting class ever

We've been following it all year long, and finally Super Wednesday is here! Yes it is signing day for the University of New Mexico football team and UNM has made good on 22 of their scholarship offers.

What is amazing about this class as we found out in our interview with Coach Long last week is that the majority of young men that visited UNM signed with UNM! It is well over 80% of the visitors committed and of those 100% signed on the dotted line!

The University of New Mexico under Coach Rocky Long, and his group of assistants worked hard last year bringing the Lobos to an 8-4 regular season record capped off by a resounding victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl on national TV. To the victor goes the spoils, so Lobo fans here is the benefits and hard work by this staff!

Lobo fans the 2008 Lobo football recruiting class (Thank you golobos.com for the list and bios)


RECRUITING CLASS BIOS



Edrick Boger.....DB.....5-11.....170.....Fr-HS
Dallas, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
North Mesquite's Defensive Back of the Year…name is pronounced ED-rick BOW-ger…played free safety and cornerback, defending against the opponents' best receiver…6 interceptions, one returned for a 45-yard TD…also 2 blocked field goals and finished third on the team in tackles…led the Stallions to their first playoff appearance in five years…played for head coach Mike Robinson…a sprinter in track, advancing to regionals in the 200 as a junior…PERSONAL…born Oct. 19, 1989, in Dallas…age is 18…full name is Edrick Jahlil Boger…son of Erick Boger and Michelle Arnold…cousin is Andrea Riley, a sophomore guard for the Oklahoma State women's basketball team and one of 20 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award…Edrick interested in Computer Engineering, business or multimedia at UNM…really interested in graphics.


A.J. Butler.....RB.....6-1.....195.....Fr-HS
St. Petersburg, Fla. (St. Petersburg Catholic HS)
Honorable mention all-conference running back as a senior, rushing 93 times for 768 yards and 9 TDs…added 319 yards and 6 TDs as receiver…also played linebacker and safety for head coach Tod Creneti…selected to play in the Pinellas County All-Star game…participating in track (sprints, high jump) for the Barons as well…PERSONAL…born Nov. 26, 1989, in St. Petersburg…age is 18…full name is Alan Joseph Butler…son of Alphonso and Sharon…older brother, Martin Teal, was a wide receiver at Troy, completing his eligibility in 2006…A.J. is interested in Architectural Engineering at UNM.


Jake Carr.....DL.....6-3.....240.....Fr-HS
Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)
Three-year starter on the defensive line and an all-state defensive tackle as a senior…the defensive MVP in the Southwestern League and for Riverside County last fall…posted 94 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 10 hurries for head coach Coley Candaele…had 13 tackles two times…also saw time at full back and tight end…the Broncos finished 11-1, falling to Corona Santiago HS in the state quarterfinals…also throws the shot put…PERSONAL…born March 7, 1990, in Portland, Ore…age is 17…full name is Jacob William Russell Carr…son of Bill and Kate…dad played offensive tackle at Portland State in the early 1980s…undecided on a major, but possibly History.


Ben Contreras.....OL.....6-2.....300..…Jr-Tr
Pleasanton, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)
Transfer who enrolled at UNM in January…All-America offensive lineman for the junior college national champions…the Rams finished 12-1, including a 31-28 victory over Mt. San Antonio in the California State championship game…it's CCSF's fifth national championship…played for head coach George Rush…has a redshirt year available…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2005 graduate of Amador Valley HS in Pleasanton…two-year letterman for head coach Rick Sira…the Dons were 12-1 and conference his senior season…favorite sports memory came in high school when he recovered a fumble (on a quarterback sneak) in the end zone for a touchdown…also lettered in wrestling…PERSONAL…born June 3, 1987, in Pleasanton…age is 20..full name is Benjamin Leon Contreras.


Nathan Enriquez.....DB.....5-10.....180.....Fr-HS
Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield HS)
Versatile performer who was first team all-state at wide receiver and defensive back…also played running back, quarterback and he punted last fall for the 3-time state champion Trojans…Mayfield, 39-1 from 2005-07, finished 12-1 and beat Clovis 49-48 in overtime to win the 2007 title…27 receptions for 607 yards and 10 TDs…a team-high 7 interceptions, one returned for a TD in the win over Clovis…2 punt returns for TDs, a 22-yard average on kickoff returns and a 39-yard punting average…prep teammate Freddy Young also signed with UNM… played for head coach Michael Bradley…current Lobo receiver Chris Hernandez graduated from Mayfield in 2006…also a pitcher and catcher for the baseball team… PERSONAL…born Feb. 10, 1990, in El Paso…age is 18…full name is Nathan Gonzalo Enriquez III…son of Jimmy and Nora…undecided about a major.


Karlin Givens.....OL.....6-3.....295.....Jr-Tr
Ridgeland, Miss. (Holmes CC)
Transfer who enrolled at UNM in January…has a redshirt year available…spent the past two years at Community College in Goodman, Miss…honorable mention all-state offensive tackle for the Bulldogs in 2007…selected to play in the Mississippi Junior College North-South all-state game…played for head coach Danny Robertson…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2006 graduate of Ridgeland (Miss.) HS…a three-year letterman in football and basketball…two-time first team all-Madison County for head coach Kenny Burton…also all-district in basketball for the Titans as a junior and senior…PERSONAL…born July 1, 1988, in Ridgeland…age is 19…full name is Karlin D'Andre Givens…son of Carl and Jennifer…majoring in Criminology and would like to be an FBI agent.


Tray Hardaway.....LB.....6-0.....215.....Jr-Tr
Olive Branch, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
Junior college linebacker who will enroll at UNM in the summer…all-state and all-Region XXIII linebacker last fall for Copiah-Lincoln CC, which is located in Wesson, Mississippi…posted 90 tackles, 16 hurries, 7 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for head coach Glenn Davis…the Wolfpack finished 9-3 in 2006, including a 21-0 victory over Georgia Military College in the Golden Isles Bowl Classic…former Lobos Daniel Gawronski and Sidney Wiley (2002 recruiting class) and current Lobo DeAndre Davis (2007 class) also attended Copiah-Lincoln…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2006 graduate of Bastrop (Miss.) HS…led Bastrop to a perfect 15-0 record and the 4A state championship as a senior…limited to seven games his senior season due to a torn right ACL…still had 114 tackles, 5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for head coach Brad Bradshaw…also competed in powerlifting…PERSONAL…born Dec. 7, 1986, in Memphis, Tenn…age is 21…full name is Devin Datray Hardaway…son of Charlotte …undecided about a major.


Joe Harris.....LB.....6-2.....215.....Fr-HS
Denver, Colo. (George Washington HS)
All-state linebacker last fall when he totaled 139 tackles, 14 sacks, 6 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries…a three-year starter at linebacker and running back for head coach Steve Finesilver…returned 2 interceptions and a fumble for TDs…also 1,300 yards rushing…first Lobo signee from the state of Colorado since former Lobo Luke Walters (ThunderRidge HS) in 2005…former Lobo Kevin Walton (2000 signee and 4-year letterman from 2001-04) also attended George Washington…the Colorado 5A state triple jump champ as a junior, helping the Patriots to the team title…a 3.7 cumulative GPA…PERSONAL…born Jan. 1, 1990, in Miami, Fla…age is 18...full name is Joseph Alexander Harris…son of David and Renee…distant cousin of James Mungro, who played running back for the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-06…Joe is interested in digital applications, graphic arts or animation after college.


B.R. Holbrook.....QB.....6-3.....175.....Fr-HS
Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (Hart HS)
All-C.I.F. quarterback who completed 165-of-280 passes (59%) for 2,656 yards, 25 TDs and only 6 interceptions last fall for the Indians…also gained 739 yards rushing on 151 carries with 6 TDs…first team all-Foothill Conference pick, team offensive MVP and team captain…Hart finished 12-1-1 with the only loss coming against Ventura St. Bonaventure (42-28) in the Div. 1 Southern Section championship game…best performance was in a 49-13 victory over Golden Valley when he was 15-of-16, no interceptions, 325 yards and 4 TDs…played for head coach Mike Herrington…will also be a 4-year letterman in lacrosse, playing the attack position…same hometown as Lobo women's basketball player Brandi Kimble…PERSONAL…born Nov. 22, 1989, in Tarzana, Calif…age is 18…full name is Brent Robert Holbrook…son of Gary and Janet…father is a policeman with the Los Angeles Police Department…oldest sister, Stacey, played volleyball at Washington State…B.R. is interested in medicine.


Mark Hunter.....DL.....6-2.....235.....Fr-HS
Spring, Texas (Klein Oak HS)
First team District 16-5A defensive end last year when he racked up a team-high 100 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries, 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries…is also a deep snapper…the Panthers finished 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs…a three-year starter for head coach David Smith…PERSONAL…born May 14, 1990, in Houston…age is 17…full name is Mark Andrew Hunter…son of Gerhart and Mary…father is a geologist…father's cousin, David Marshall, played defensive tackle at SMU during the "Pony Express" days in the early 1980s…older brother, Matt, will be a junior at TCU in 2008, but he does not play football…Mark is interested in Geology as a major…his goal is to "find oil."


Rufus Johnson.....DL.....6-5.....230.....Fr-HS
Dallas, Texas (Spruce HS)
First team District 13-4A pick last fall for head coach Melvin Lark…team captain who had 82 tackles, 13 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries…clocked at 4.65 in the 40…Spruce was 8-4 last season, falling in the second round of the state playoffs…also played tight end for the Timberwolves as a junior, catching 13 passes…member of the "B" Honor Roll…PERSONAL…born Aug. 28, 1990, in Mesquite, Texas…age is 17…full name is Rufus Johnson Jr…son of Rufus and Sandra…father, who is a police officer for the Dallas Transit, lettered in football at Texas Tech in 1983…mother is a Special Education teacher…has two younger brothers and a younger sister…interested in Criminal Justice as a major…would like to be a police officer.


Ty Kirk.....WR.....6-2.....180.....Fr-HS
Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows HS)
All-state receiver who had 37 catches for 552 yards and 5 TDs last fall for this Chicago-area school…Kirk scored 7 TDs on the season, including one rushing and one on a punt return…had 241 yards in kickoff and punt returns as a senior…the Mustangs went 9-2 last fall…a three-year starter for head coach Doug Millsaps…also played cornerback…a four-year letterman for the basketball team and an accomplished performer in track…all-state in the triple jump, and he finished 7th nationally at a Junior Olympics meet last summer with a leap of 48-6 1/2…PERSONAL…born Nov. 20, 1989, in Hoffman Estates, Ill…age is 18…full name is Tynell Limuel Kirk…son of Cheri Kirk…would like to be a chef after playing days are over…interest in cooking originates from a 7th-grade Home Economics class, and he's taken cooking classes in high school.


Jonathan Mader.....QB.....6-4.....200.....Fr-HS
Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS)
Honorable mention all-state quarterback who led Cibola to a 10-2 season…the Cougars fell to eventual state champ Las Cruces Mayfield in the semifinals…district and metro player of the year, completing 87 of 167 passes for 1,654 yards and 22 TDs, and just 8 interceptions…also 501 rushing yards and 4 TDs…1,650 yards passing and 19 TDs and 431 rushing and 7 TDs his junior season…played for head coach Judge Chavez…a four-year letterman for the basketball team and he throws the javelin in track…older brother Josh played baseball at UNM from 2002-04 while cousins Jeff (football/baseball) and Tim Grady (baseball) were Lobos as well…PERSONAL…born Feb. 22, 1990, in Albuquerque…age is 18…full name is Jonathan Robert Mader…son of Andy Mader and Deanna Clark…undecided on a major.

Andre McQueen.....WR.....5-11.....175.....Fr-HS
Dallas, Texas (Pinkston HS)
First team District 14-4A selection at wide receiver last fall when he had 42 catches for 853 yards and 10 TDs…was a two-year starter for the Vikings and head coach James Argenti…played centerfield for four years and in a member of the National Honor Society…PERSONAL…born April 30, 1990, in Dallas…age is 17…full name is Andre McQueen Jr…son of Glenda Roy…has been interested in music since the sixth grade…enjoys writing rap and R&B lyrics.


Maurice Mears.....OL.....6-4.....295.....Soph-Tr
Miami, Fla. (Rock Valley College)
Transfer who will enroll at UNM this summer, and he'll have three years of eligibility remaining at UNM…listed as the nation's 8th-best junior college offensive line prospect by Rivals.com…spent last fall at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill., where he was a second team all-conference offensive tackle…also the Golden Eagles' team MVP…played for head coach Jeremy Warren…signed with Alcorn State out of high school and was a redshirt during the 2006-07 academic year…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2006 graduate of Miami (Fla.) Carol City HS…a two-year starter at offensive tackle for head coach Walt Frazier…all-district as a senior…Carol City was 6A state champs Mears' sophomore season…also played basketball two years and was a member of the school's Honor Roll…PERSONAL…born Oct. 8, 1987, in Miami…age is 20…full name is Maurice Hilary Mears…son of Hilary and Olivia…mom is a third-grade teacher…has a 1-year-old sister, Chania…Maurice is interested in sports management.


Spencer Merritt.....LB.....6-2.....205.....Fr-HS
Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley HS)
First team all-state performer in Class 8A last fall for a high school west of Chicago…also Rivals.com all-state pick, logging 122 tackles in 10 games…defensive MVP of the conference for the Warriors and head coach Paul Murphy…a two-year starter on defense and he also played tight end as a junior…PERSONAL…born Oct. 23, 1989, in Barrington, Ill…age is 18…full name is David Allen Spencer Merritt…son of David and Isabella…father is a corporate attorney…older brother, Charles, will be a sophomore defensive tackle at St. Cloud (Minn.) State in 2008…Spencer is interested in Political Science at UNM…has ambitions of working in government law enforcement.


Lucas Reed.....TE.....6-6.....215.....Fr-HS
Tucson, Ariz. (Sabino HS)
Prep standout who led all Arizona high school tight ends with 41 receptions for 761 yards and 7 TDs in 2007…first team all-state pick by the Arizona Republic…also had 36 tackles and 2 sacks from his defensive end position…a real late bloomer as Reed was just 6-2 and 185 pounds entering his junior season…the Sabercats were a perfect 10-0 in the regular season before losing to Prescott 34-28 in the first round of the 4A playoffs…played for head coach Jay Campos…was on the wrestling team in 2006 and '07, and currently competes in the shot put, discus, long jump and 200 meters for the track team…older brother, Brooks, will be a sophomore defensive end at the University of Arizona in 2008…the Wildcats play in Albuquerque Sept. 15, 2008…PERSONAL…born Jan. 29, 1989, in Tucson…age is 19…full name is Lucas George Reed…son of Bob and Kathleen Reed…interested in Computer Science, Business or Architecture at UNM.


Carmeiris Stewart.....WR.....6-3.....190.....Fr-HS
Apopka, Fla. (Apopka HS)
All-district (6A-4) receiver last fall when he had 25 receptions for 510 yards and 4 TDs…first name is pronounced car-MEAR-us…played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South all-star game…former Lobo OJ Swift and current UNM linebacker Herbert Felder are also Apopka High grads… the Blue Darters finished 12-2 in 2007, falling to Orlando Boone in the regional finals…played for head coach Rick Darlington…Stewart also participates in track (400 meters, long and triple jump)…PERSONAL…born June 25, 1989, in Richmond, Va…age is 18…full name is Carmeiris Marcel Stewart…son of Carl and Rocinda…father is a lieutenant colonel in the Army and served in Iraq…the family has lived in Virginia, Germany, Colorado, Michigan and Florida…interested in Mechanical Engineering or Business Marketing at UNM.


Joe Stoner.....DB.....5-11.....215.....Fr-HS
Midwest City, Okla. (Carl Albert HS)
First team all-state safety last year, totaling 86 tackles and 3 interceptions on defense…recognized by the Jim Thorpe Foundation as one of the state's top defensive backs…550 rushing yards and 14 TDs on offense…the Titans finished 10-2, losing to Bixby 37-31 in the second round of the state playoffs…played for head coach Gary Rose…also a three-year letterman in basketball and a four-year letterwinner for the track team…placed 7th in the long jump at the state meet as a sophomore…member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Principal's Honor Roll…PERSONAL…born Sept. 13, 1989, in Oklahoma City, Okla…age is 18…full name is Joseph Antoine Brion Stoner…son of Shanae (sha-NAY)…Joe is interested in Sports Medicine at UNM…would like to work in athletic training or therapy.


Joshua Taufalele.....OL.....6-2.....320.....Jr-Tr
San Jose, Calif. (Foothill College)
Junior college offensive lineman who enrolled at UNM in January…has a redshirt year available…last name is pronounced tau-fuh-LAY-LAY…spent the past two seasons at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., where he was a first team all-league and all-California offensive guard for head coach Doug Boyett…the Owls finished 10-1 and 5th in the junior college national rankings in 2006 and 10-1 and 4th nationally in '07…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2006 graduate of Independence High in San Jose…three-time all league for the 76ers, including the Most Outstanding Lineman award as a senior…also on the Honor Roll…PERSONAL…born Sept. 28, 1988, in San Jose…age is 19…full name is Joshua Alexander Taufalele…son of Dave Taufalele…Joshua is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology…interested in coaching and being a counselor.


Bryant Williams.....WR.....5-11.....180.....Soph-Tr
Edina, Minn. (Coffeyville CC)
Transfer from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College who enrolled at UNM in January…a redshirt in 2006 so Williams has three years of eligibility remaining at UNM…a team-high 14 catches for 192 yards and 1 TD for the run-oriented Red Ravens in 2007…also 2 rushes for 36 yards, and he returned punts and kickoffs…played for head coach Jeff Leiker…HIGH SCHOOL…a 2006 graduate of Edina (Minn.) HS, a suburb of Minneapolis…all-conference receiver as a senior for head coach Kim Nelson…also played cornerback and he lettered in basketball…PERSONAL…born March 14, 1988, in Fort Wayne, Ind…age is 19…full name is Bryant Turnell Williams…son of Bobby Williams…Bryant is interested in Computer Science at UNM.


Freddy Young.....DB.....5-11.....180.....Fr-HS
Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield HS)
First team all-state defensive back and second team all-state receiver last fall for the state champion Mayfield Trojans…the son of former Seattle Seahawks (1984-87) and Indianapolis Colts (1988-90) linebacker Fredd Young…the older Young played at New Mexico State from 1980-83 and in the NFL for seven seasons…Freddy had 6 interceptions - 2 for TDs - from his cornerback position, plus 42 catches for 506 yards and 3 TDs as a receiver…Mayfield, 39-1 over the past three seasons, finished 12-1 and beat Clovis 49-48 in overtime to win the 2007 title…prep teammate Nathan Enriquez also signed with UNM…current Lobo receiver Chris Hernandez also graduated from Mayfield…played for head coach Michael Bradley…also pitches for the baseball team…PERSONAL…born Aug. 10, 1990, in Las Cruces…age is 17…full name is Freddy Kimball Young…son of Fredd and Terry.


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