07 February 2009

I Want You

...to get to work now. That's what many collegiate football coaches across the country now are telling their recent recruits. Many of you are well aware that this past wednesday was the national letter of intent day. Young impressional student athletes across the nation placed their name on the dotted line announcing their commitment. The Cougs snagged 21 of these fine young athletes. With the jerseys in blue coming off their third consecutive ten win (or more) season there is much optimism for the Cougs bright future. Yes, they may have "whiffed" on some of the big names (Manti, Xavier, Filiaga, etc) but overall this committed Cougar class fills some needs, adds some depth and may be one of the strongest in recent years. Besides what are stars? Bryan Kehl (now with the New York Giants) was only 2 stars. One of the Cougs finest running back Curtis Brown was listed as only 1 star. Current starter Harvey Unga was scratched down with 2 stars when he signed. On the other side of the coin Ben Olsen, Ofa Mohetau and no show Walt Williams were all listed as 5 stars as examples. We all know how those turned out. Never played a down for the Cougs (don't forget 4 star Magnum Mauga).

This years addition to the Cougar den includes...

Lee Aguirre 5-9/200DB Fullerton Junior College
Terry Alletto 6-4/280OL Parker CO
Jordan Atkinson 6-3/225LB Diablo Valley JC
Trevor Bateman 5-111/185DB Palm Desert CA
Craig Bills 6-2/200DB Provo UT (Timpview HS)
Thomas Bryson 6-5/230DE Layton UT
Tui Crichton 6-4/290OL Provo UT (Timpview HS)
Jray Galea'i 6-0/185DB Kahuku HS
Anthony Heimuli 5-11/225RB Orem UT (Mountain View HS)
Adam Hine 6-1/175RB Santa Clara (Snow Canyon HS)
Cody Hoffman 6-4/200WR Crescent City CA
Brian Logan 5-9/185DB Football Junior College
Peni Maka'afi 5-10/215RB Layton UT
Mitch Matthews6-5/195WR Beaverton OR
Ryan Mulitalo 6-4/290OL West Valley (Hunter HS)
Remington Peck 6-5/222TE South Jordan (Bingham HS)
Brett Thompson 6-3/210WR El Dorado Hills CA
Fono Vakalahi 6-4/320OL Bryan TX
Kyle Van Noy 6-4/210LB Reno NV
Brad Wilcox 6-7/265OL Edmond OK
Richard Wilson 6-3/222TE Spanish Fork

Definately a great group of kids overall with some wonderful future potential. One can't forget that some of this year's incoming also includes (whether via transfers, missions, requalified, etc)...

Robbie Buckner 5-10/165DB Ashdown AR
Romney Fuga 6-2/280DL Huntington Beach CA
McKay Jacobsen 6-0/185WR Southlake TX
Aveni Leung-Wai 6-1/220LB Grossmont JC
Devin Mahina 6-6/225TE Upland CA
Marcus Matthews 6-4/200WR Beaverton OR
Riley Nelson 6-1/195QB Logan UT
Brandon Ogletree 6-0/215 McKinney TX
Riley Stephenson 6-0/175PK St George UT
Houston Reynolds 6-3/295OL Provo (Timpview HS)
Malosi Teo 5-11/195RB Kahuku HI
Manase Tonga 6-1/230RB San Mateo CA