SIGNING DAY: Despite Late Start, Eagles See Silver Lining as They Sign 20 to National Letters of Intent

Eagles also add pair of UW transfers, while adding depth to the offensive line and finding "true football players" was the emphasis in recruiting high school players

The late start to recruiting wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

Eastern Washington University's trek to the NCAA Division I Football Championship delayed its bulk of recruiting for about a month, but Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin was reminded of the silver lining to having its last two games of the season broadcast live on ESPN2. The Eagles won the title with a 20-19 victory over Delaware on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.

"A fellow coach and I were talking about how other schools had recruits who had been home-visited and they saw them in school, but we hadn't even been out there," Baldwin explained of the late start. "He said, 'well, you've had two-straight home visits on ESPN2, so you are in some homes.' We felt late getting out, but it was good to be late."

On Wednesday (Feb. 2), Eastern's late start yielded a quality group of 20 high school players who signed letters of intent to attend EWU and play for the Eagles next fall.

Included is Vernon Adams, a quarterback from Pasadena, Calif., and Alemany High School. In his final two seasons, he passed for 5,234 yards and 49 touchdowns, and rushed for another 1,263 yards and 19 more scores in leading Alemany to an overall record of 22-5. Local product Jordan Tonani (pictured with state championship trophy) signed as a defensive back after helping Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., finish unbeaten and win the State 4A title last fall.

Eastern also has added a pair of University of Washington transfers -- running back Demitrius Bronson and Andru Pulu -- who both played for the Huskies in 2009. Pulu is already attending EWU, and Bronson has signed a financial aid agreement and will attend EWU in the spring quarter.

Eastern signed a large group of high school linemen -- large both is size and in numbers. Two 300-pound players were among them, as well as offensive linemen standing 6-foot-6 and 6-7. A total of seven linemen -- including six projected to play on the offensive side of the ball -- were signed as increased depth at the offensive line position was the main emphasis for the Eagles.

"We feel really good about some of the positions we recruited to," said Baldwin, whose team lost just 14 seniors from its 13-2 squad. "We didn't necessarily lose a ton off last year's team, but a certain area we wanted to recruit into was the offensive line. That was an area where we wanted to build more depth and get some young players in here. We were able to sign a large group."

Baldwin expects most of the players in this class to redshirt this fall, then have the chance to compete for playing time in fall 2012. Even then, Baldwin doesn't expect to lose a large number of seniors from the 2011 team, just a lot of quality.

"We lose some quality seniors next year, no doubt about it," he said. "But from a numbers standpoint, we won't lose a lot."

The Eagles signed a pair of talented running backs, including Jordan Talley from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., and Quincy Forte from Vacaville High School in Fairfield, Calif. Talley rushed for 2,661 yards as a senior and Forte had 1,248.

That trend of quality over quantity was the emphasis at most positions.

"We were able to fill-in one or two players at each position throughout our roster," Baldwin explained. "We feel really good about the players we signed and where we are as a team."

The two 300-pounders the Eagles signed included David Delgado, a 6-4, 320-pound defensive lineman from St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in American Canyon, Calif. Thomas Gomez from Graham Kapowsin High School in Graham, Wash., is 6-2, 310, and is listed as an offensive lineman, but may end up on the defensive line.

"High school players are just getting bigger," said Baldwin. "We've been very good around here about signing lean players and developing them, and we still want to do that. But everywhere we go there are just bigger players and it's happening at every level with the signing classes and what they are bringing in."

And that size is important to Eastern, especially its inside positions on the defensive line.

"A big key for us from a defensive standpoint this year was the size we had inside," he explained. "Tyler Jolley (6-3, 285) and Renard Williams (6-2, 300) were two of the bigger defensive tackles we've played with at EWU, and I don't think you can see too many teams at our level with two tackles around 300 pounds. At the highest levels you are seeing great defense being anchored by big defensive tackles."

Baldwin also was pleased to recruit so many players he termed as "true football players." One is linebacker Cody McCarthy from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He was a two-time All-State performer and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho after leading his team to the 4A State title.

"We have a lot of true football players in this group," said Baldwin. "We made sure that was a big point of emphasis. We wanted to make sure we signed players who were tough and guys who compete."

 

More about the 2011 Eagles . . .

With 16 of its 22 starters underclassmen this year, Eastern knew entering the 2010 season that the prospects for the 2011 season might be even better. That remains to be seen, but the talent returning in 2011 is immense, and it will be on display again on Sept. 3, 2011, when the Eagles open their season in Seattle against the University of Washington.

However, Baldwin admits "there are things we are absolutely going to have to improve on. And it starts now."

Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, named the Most Outstanding Player in the championship game, returns after throwing for 3,496 total passing yards and a school-record 37 touchdown passes. His top two receivers return, including College Sporting News FCS Playoffs Most Valuable Player and All-American Brandon Kaufman. Just a sophomore, Kaufman caught 76 passes for 1,214 yards and 15 TDs, including a pair of 100-yard performances in the final two games of the playoffs. A total of eight starters will return on offense, not counting running back Taiwan Jones, who declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft although he still had a year to play.

Defensively, All America safety Matt Johnson and his twin brother Zach Johnson return after combining for 239 tackles, seven interceptions, 13 passes broken up, 3 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles. Six other starters are back on defense, including All-America defensive tackle Renard Williams.

"Going into the year, on paper, we looked like we could even be stronger in 2011 than 2010," said Baldwin. "But each year is its own and you can't get caught up with that -- good or bad. You learn from what happened in the past, but it's not going to factor into next season.

"Within a half-hour after the championship game, people were telling us we were coming back to Frisco again next year," he laughed. "It's hard enough to win the Big Sky. We had a lot of nail-biters in our own conference, so it was a hard-fought battle to win the league title let alone get to the national championship game. Yes, it's what we all want, but we really have to appreciate and attack the process. That's what I will talk to our team about.

"It's not about wanting to win a national title," added Baldwin, "but instead it's about wanting to work harder and be better from February to August than we were last year."

Despite the large number of returning starters, Eastern will have to replace two of the best players in school history. Sherritt, a two-time All-American, finished with a school record 432 tackles and the top two single season totals in school history (170 as a junior, 176 as a senior). And despite the fact Eastern won its last two outings and three total games without the uuber-talented Jones, his 7.7 career average per rush will be next-to-impossible to replace. He had 1,742 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns in 10 full games played and parts of two others in 2010, but a foot injury ended his season against North Dakota State in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

"We have to take it to another level -- we have to find ways in the off-season to be better than we were this season," said Baldwin. "There are going to be new challenges again next season and people are going to be gunning for us. The reality is that we are going to get everybody's best shot. If we didn't before, we certainly will now."

The national title will also help the Eagles with future recruiting. But Baldwin and the Eagles vow not to stray from recruiting high school players from the talent-rich state of Washington, and developing them into national title contenders through hard work.

"For obvious reasons, the championship has a very positive effect, and I think it can continue to help us, particularly in the next few years," he said. "We feel like doors are opening, but in other areas we almost feel like we're late getting out because we played all the way until Jan. 7. For obvious reasons we're not going to complain about the length of the season, but it does affect our recruiting."


Eastern Washington University 2011 Recruiting Class

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown (High School)

Vernon Adams

QB

6-0

180

Pasadena, Calif. (Alemany HS '11) 

T.J. Boatright

TE

6-5

225

Vancouver, Wash. (Union HS '11)

Jason Boyce

WR/TE

6-4

225

Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS '11)

Cassidy Curtis

OL

6-7

260

Denver, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS '11)

Isaiah Davis

DB

5-11

175

Bremerton, Wash. (South Kitsap HS '11)

Clay DeBord

OL

6-6

250

Asotin, Wash. (Asotin HS '11)

Jay Deines

OL

6-4

250

Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah HS '11)

David Delgado

DL

6-3

320

American Canyon, Calif. (St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS '11)

Quincy Forte

RB

5-11

185

Fairfield, Calif. (Vacaville HS '11)

Thomas Gomez

OL

6-3

310

Graham, Wash. (Graham Kapowsin HS '11)

Shaquille Hill

WR

5-10

180

Fremont, Calif. (Brookside Christian HS '11)

Anthony King

WR

6-1

180

Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS '11)

Cody McCarthy

LB

6-1

233

Boise, Idaho (Bishop Kelly HS '11)

Aaron Neary

OL

6-4

250

Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS '11)

Todd Raynes

WR

6-2

185

Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor HS '11)

Jordan Talley

RB

5-10

180

Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS '11)

Julius Tevaga

OL

6-3

290

Bothell, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy '11)

Jordan Tonani

DB

6-0

180

Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS '11)

Tevin Williams

DB

6-2

190

Belfair, Wash. (North Mason HS '11)

Jake Withnell

TE

6-5

225

Salem, Ore. (South Salem HS '11)

 

Other Eagle Newcomers                                                             

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Exp.

Hometown (High School)

Andru Pulu

DL

6-2

280

So.

TR

Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way HS '09)

Demitrius Bronson

RB

5-10

225

So.

TR

Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS '08)

 

Pronunciations

Deines . . . Dine-Us
DeBord . . . Duh-Board
Forte . . . For-Tay
Tevaga . . . Tuh-Vah-Guh
Tonani . . . Tuh-Naw-Nee
Withnell . . . With-Nell
Pulu…Pooh-Lou




Vernon Adams

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Vernon was our No. 1 quarterback prospect through the entire fall, so we feel very good about signing him. He has all the intangibles you would want in a quarterback. He has the ability to make every throw in our offense, throw the ball on the move and tuck it and run it when he needs to. He proved this year that he knows how to win football games with Alemany's impressive 12-game winning streak. A year from now, I expect him to be right in the mix competing for a starting position with some of our current quarterbacks."

HS: Will graduate from Alemany HS in 2011. In his final two seasons, he passed for 5,234 yards and 49 touchdowns, and rushed for another 1,263 yards and 19 more scores in leading Alemany to an overall record of 22-5. As a senior, he was selected the Serra League Most Valuable Player after leading the Warriors to the league title in 2010. He earned first team all-league honors for the second-straight season. Alemany won its first 12 games before losing its final game of the season, 28-21, against eventual champion Servite in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Playoffs. He passed for 2,901 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and had 896 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns. As a junior, he passed for 2,333 yards and 22 touchdowns, and also rushed for 367 yards and five scores. He led Alemany to a 10-4 record.

Personal: Born 1/3/93 in Pasadena, Calif. His parents are Vernon Adams and Desirae McWhorter.

 

T.J. Boatright

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He has a big body and has the potential to explode in terms of his weight and his size over the next five years. He comes out of a very successful high school so he understands how to win and what to do. He has nice hands and he has a lot of experience with his hand in the dirt. A lot of time we take players that we project as tight ends and it takes them awhile to get used to the position. But he's played there already. He plays with good leverage for a tall high school player, and on top of that, he has the athletic ability and skills to make plays down the field. We're extremely excited about what T.J. brings to our team."

HS: Will graduate from Union HS in 2011. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Named to the Vancouver Columbian All-Region team as a tight end and was a first team All-Greater St. Helens League 4A selection as well. In addition, he was selected to the 2010 GSHLfootball.com 4A All-League team as both a tight end and linebacker. He helped lead his team to a 7-3 record and into the State 4A Playoffs, where they lost to Bothell in the first round. He also played on the 2009 Union team that lost to Bellevue in the State 3A semifinals and finished 11-2.

Personal: Born 5/1/93 in Eugene, Ore. His parents are Scott and Mari Boatright. Intends on majoring in business.

  

Jason Boyce

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's another in a line of big receivers we've had here, but he also has the size to potentially play tight end for us. He has great ball skills on the offensive side of the ball, and on the defensive side he showed he has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and get after it. Having Aaron here and having a previous relationship with his family, we know we are getting a player with great character to go along with his skills on the field."

HS: Will graduate from Kentwood HS in 2011. As a senior, he was a first team All-South Puget Sound League North Division selection as both a wide receiver and a defensive lineman. He had 24 catches for 497 yards (20.7 average) and six touchdowns for the season. Kentwood finished the season 10-1 and ranked fourth in the final State 4A poll, with its lone loss coming to Bothell in the first round of the playoffs. Boyce had a season-high five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in that game.  Against Puyallup, Boyce returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, hauled in a pass for another score and added a sack in Kentwood's 35-21 win. Was named Kentwood's team offensive co-player of the week twice and defensive co-player of the week three times in 2010. Currently he is the leading scorer for Kentwood's basketball team, averaging 14.0 points per game (through games of 2/1) for a team that is currently 12-6 overall. He was a starter on Kentwood's 2010 State 4A championship basketball team, scoring seven points and grabbing eight rebounds in the title game versus Jackson.

Personal: His brother Aaron Boyce (2006-07-08-09) was an All-America wide receiver for Eastern in 2007 and finished his career with 222 receptions for 3,330 yards and 29 touchdowns to rank second in Eastern history in all three categories. He was a 2005 graduate of Kentwood High School where he played basketball on the same team as current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey. His parents are Bill and Joyce Boyce.

 

Cassidy Curtis

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a tall, rangy player who is very athletic. He's about 260 right now, but you would expect him to naturally put on a lot of weight and still have that athletic ability and range. We see him as a tackle -- no question -- and they aren't easy to find. He brings to the table size, athleticism, length and the potential to add size and strength. The sky is the limit for what he can do as a tackle in our system."

HS: Will graduate from Cherry Creek HS in 2011. Honorable mention 5A All-State selection as an offensive tackle by the Denver Post. First team All-Creek Conference as well. Ranked as the No. 19 prospect overall in the state of Colorado, according to rivals.com. Helped lead his team to a 7-4 record as they advanced to the second round of the State 5A playoffs before losing to eventual champion Mullen. Also plays basketball for Cherry Creek.

Personal: Born 7/8/93 in Denver, Colo. His parents are Chris and Sheryle Peterson. Intends on majoring in education or broadcast journalism.

 

Isaiah Davis

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We've watched him for awhile -- he's been in our summer camps for a couple of years and we've been able to be around him a lot. Coach Torey Hunter developed a really good relationship with Isaiah. He shows the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball, but we love him at corner. He's a natural corner and has a ton of athletic ability. He also has ball skills too, and sometimes that gets under-rated. He's going to make plays. We've been excited about him because we've seen him up close and personal for a lot of years. He's going to be great as a player and as a high-character guy in our locker room."

HS: Will graduate from South Kitsap HS in 2011. Earned accolades by the Tacoma News-Tribune as a second team choice as a defensive back on its All-Area team. Was a first team 4A All-Narrows League selection as both a defensive back and wide receiver, and second team accolades as a kick returner. Also selected to Ron Siegel's pre-season All-State team (seniors only). As a junior, he earned first team 4A All-Narrows League honors as a defensive back and received honorable mention as a wide receiver. He had 52 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, plus 669 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions. Although South Kitsap was just 3-8 his senior year, the Wolves were 10-1 his junior season after losing its lone game to Skyline in the first round of the State 4A Playoffs. South Kitsap is coached by former Eagle linebacker D.J. Sigurdson (EWU letter winner in 1986-87-88-89), who also coached current EWU All-America defensive lineman Renard Williams ('07 South Kitsap graduate). Davis also plays basketball for South Kitsap and is an outstanding high jumper and long jumper in track and field. He has a career-best of 6-8 in the high jump, but has cleared 6-11 in practice.

Personal: Born 10/26/92 in Bremerton, Wash. His parents are Steven and Shelia Davis. Intends on majoring in engineering.

 

Clay DeBord

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "You can't put a price tag on his length. He is another recruit that has a chance to be a great offensive tackle in our system. He is lean right now, and has the ability to put on some natural weight to handle the position at the college level. He fits what we want out of an offensive tackle in our system. We're excited about his size and overall athletic ability."

HS: Will graduate from Asotin HS in 2011. Earned All-Southeast 2B League honors as a senior as he helped lead Asotin to a 3-2 league record and 5-3 overall mark. As a junior, Asotin finished 5-1 in the league and 8-1 overall.

Personal: Born 5/13/92 in Lewiston, Idaho. His parents are Levinn DeBord and Martha MacNeil. Intends on majoring in history.

 

Jay Deines

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a hard-nosed, great football player, and we see him more as an offensive guard. He comes from a very good program at Issaquah, and he understands work ethic and has a great demeanor about him. We watched film of him and we loved what we saw from the get-go. He's a player we've liked for a long time and he's going to be a great fit in our system. We're hoping that Jay will be able to redshirt and then be in the mix and competing right away as he hits his second year in our program on the offensive line."

HS: Will graduate from Issaquah HS in 2011. Earned honorable mention 4A All-State honors as an offensive lineman from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Also selected to Ron Siegel's pre-season All-State team (seniors only). Was the KingCo 4A Crest Division co-Lineman of the Year and earned first team honors as both a defensive lineman and offensive lineman. He helped lead Issaquah to a 9-3 record, including a 49-13 victory over Marysville-Pilchuck in the first round of the State 4A Playoffs. His team's season ended the next week in the quarterfinals against defending champion and eventual runner-up Skyline. As a junior, Issaquah finished 7-4.

Personal: Born 5/7/93 in Portland, Ore. His parents are Matthew and Betsy Deines.

 

David Delgado

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a coach's son, so he has a lot of football knowledge and understands the game. He has incredible explosion and for a guy his size, he can really move. When you have a player who can carry that much weight and is still light on his feet, he's going to be great for your program. When he came on his visit he felt like a great fit for us. He has a chance to be an impact player on the defensive line for us. He brings everything to the table -- he has explosion, agility and the size to go with it. He's a quality young man."

HS: Will graduate from St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS in 2011. In his senior season, he was a first team All-Bay Shore League selection as an offensive lineman and earned all-area honors. As a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Bay Shore League honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. The Bruins finished 9-2 his senior season and 8-4 the previous year, advancing to the CIF North Coast Section Playoffs both seasons. Also competes in track and field.

Personal: Born 6/20/93 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents are Ken Delgado and Beverly Anderson Delgado.

 

Quincy Forte

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We were able to sign a couple of running backs who will have a great opportunity, and we expect great things from Quincy. He can help us at running back and in the return game, and we can potentially see him help us early in his career. He's going to be an explosive player who is big enough and strong enough to run inside, but he can also hit the home run. He has the speed to go the distance. When our coaches got to be around him on his visit, we just knew he was the type of young man we wanted in our program."

HS: Will graduate from Vacaville HS in 2011. He helped lead his school to a 20-4 record during his final two seasons, rushing for more than 2,300 yards and 30 touchdowns. Rushed for 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 8.3 yards per rush. He also caught 14 passes for 191 yards (13.6 per reception) with one more touchdown. Also had 29 total tackles, three interceptions and averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff return as he helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and a berth in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. He rushed for 197 yards and three scores on just nine carries (21.9 per rush) in the first game of the season, and had a 191-yard performance later in the year. As a junior, he rushed for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns with an average of 11.3 yards per carry. He caught 11 passes for 169 yards and two more scores, and finished with 52 tackles, four interceptions and a 30.8 average per kickoff return. Vacaville also finished 10-2 that season as well.

Personal: Born 1/4/93 in Fairfield, Calif. His parents are Troy Forte and Debra Rucker. Intends on majoring in biology.

 

Thomas Gomez

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Thomas will be a very good offensive lineman for us. We were able to be around him a lot at our summer camp. He has good size, he can move well and he has a lot of pop. We see him as an inside player at guard for us. We feel like he's going to fit right into our system and what we are doing. He's going to bring strength and toughness, and will be able to carry a solid amount of weight and still be light on his feet."

HS: Will graduate from Graham Kapowsin HS in 2011. Earned honorable mention 4A All-State honors as an offensive lineman from Associated Press as selected by sports writers and broadcasters. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was a first team All-South Puget Sound League South Division selection as an offensive lineman. Also selected to Ron Siegel's pre-season All-State team (seniors only). The Eagles finished 6-4 his senior season, including a 4-4 league record. As a junior, he was a first team All-South Puget Sound League South Division selection as both an offensive lineman and defensive lineman. He had 62 total tackles for an average of 6.9 per game, and also had three sacks. He also helped lead his school to a 6-4 record as a junior, including a 5-3 league mark.

Personal: Born 3/10/93 in Torrance, Calif. His parents are David and Roseangel Gomez. Intends on majoring in business.

 

Shaquille Hill

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Some of Shaquille's biggest strengths are his quickness, his ability to get in and out of breaks and his overall skill with the ball in his hands. Once he catches it he will be like a running back for us. The other aspect to his game that is exciting is what he will bring to us returning kicks. He will compete early in his career as both a kickoff returner and punt returner. He is one of the more dynamic and explosive players we've recruited to Eastern Washington."

HS: Will graduate from Brookside Christian HS in 2011. Selected as a first team selection on the 2010 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools football team as a wide receiver. He was named the Central California Athletic Association's Offensive MVP. Selected by the Stockton Record to its All-Area first team as a utility player. As a senior in 2010, he rushed for 658 yards and seven touchdowns and had 41 receptions for 1,188 yards (29.0 average per catch) and 17 touchdowns. He helped lead Brookside Christian to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship, its first in football on the way to a 12-1 record and a berth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Championship Bowl Game. As a junior running back in 2009, he had 1,390 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. He ran for at least 200 yards in four games, including 334 yards and five TDs in the section semifinals.

Personal: Born 5/12/93 in Fremont, Calif. His parents are Parris and Tish Hill. Intends on majoring in athletic training.

 

Anthony King

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He has long arms and can play even bigger than 6-foot-1. We have a couple of receivers in our class with some size, and we like what he brings. He has playmaking ability and he's somewhat raw -- we think the sky is the limit to what he can do in the next five years. He's going to keep progressing as he gets in the weight room and developing. As we start to graduate some of our players who have had a big impact at the wide receiver position, he will start making big plays for us."

HS: Will graduate from Franklin HS in 2011. He was a first team All-Delta Valley League selection and received honorable mention on the All-Sac-Joaquin Section team as selected by the Sacramento Valley Chapter National Football Foundation. Named to the All-Metro first team as a wide receiver as selected by the Sacramento Bee. King is ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the league, No. 6 in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Section, and No. 35 in California. He had 59 catches for 1,256 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and 16 touchdowns, and had a long play of 96 yards. He led the Delta Valley League in all receiving categories. He had two performances with nine catches each, and had over 100 yards receiving on seven occasions. He had receiving performances of 190, 181, 180 and 170 yards, with three plays of 60 yards or more. In addition, he had 56 tackles on defense. He helped Franklin to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. As a junior, he earned second team All-Delta Valley League honors. He caught 18 passes for 346 yards (19.2) with six touchdowns as the team finished 6-5. He was team captain as both a junior and senior. Also plays basketball at Franklin as a three-year starter, earning first team All-Delta Valley League honors as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore.

Personal: Born 10/7/93 in Modesto, Calif. His parents are Richard and Yvonne Reed. Intends on majoring in recreation management.

 

Cody McCarthy

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a true middle linebacker. He has a little more size than the players we have at linebacker already. He was a running back/fullback on offense, which shows me he has a lot of different skills. Cody is a true football player. He plays hard and plays downhill as a linebacker. Sometimes we have to go against teams who are a little more run-heavy and have good-sized offensive lines, much like the teams we saw in the playoffs. Cody will match-up very well against anyone we play, but carrying 230-plus pounds will give us an edge when we face bigger and stronger teams. He is a high quality player and person joining our program."

HS: Will graduate from Bishop Kelly HS in 2011. McCarthy was a four-year starter in high school and set school tackle records in a career (377), season (177) and single game (24). A two-time first team All-State selection and a second team pick as a sophomore, he was picked as Idaho's Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2010 after leading his school to the 4A State title. He was also selected as one of 50 players nationally selected as and Old Spice National Player of the Year. As a senior, the Idaho Statesman picked him as its State 4A Player of the Year. He was a two-time 4A Southern Idaho Conference Defensive Player of the Year and twice earned All-Idaho honors. One of the highest-rated recruits by scouting services that Eastern has ever had, Scout.com rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 52 linebacker in the nation. Rivals.com rated him as the No. 36 linebacker nationally. He played as a linebacker and fullback in leading the Knights to a 12-0 record, capped by a 41-28 victory over Blackfoot on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. He finished his senior season with a school-record 177 total tackles, including 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He also forced nine fumbles and intercepted four passes. On offense, he rushed for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries (6.5 per carry), and caught 11 passes for 172 yards and three more scores. He was awarded the MVP award for varsity linebackers at last summer's Boise State University team camp. As a junior, he had 151 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks and two interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards (12.1 per rush) and caught seven passes for 34 yards. Besides earning second team All-State honors as a sophomore, he was a second team All-Southern Idaho Conference linebacker. He became the first player in school history to start all varsity games as a freshman. McCarthy also competes in track and field, and placed third in the State in shot put as a freshman with a throw of 47-5. He has a 3.02 grade point average in high school and volunteers on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an area homeless shelter and youth football camps.

Personal: Born 1/29/93 in Lewiston, Idaho. His parents are Joe and Shellie McCarthy. Intends on majoring in physical therapy or exercise science.

 

Aaron Neary

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He could be an inside player, but he has the body and the frame to potentially play outside at tackle as well. He is lean right now, but because of his length and his frame he can really put on some weight while still maintaining his athletic ability. He's a quality basketball player, which is very impressive for somebody you expect to be a future offensive lineman. That says a lot about his athletic ability and what he can do. It's always great to recruit a student-athlete who you really liked based on his video, and then he turns around and demonstrates great skills on the basketball court as well."

HS: Will graduate from Hanford HS in 2011. He missed most of his senior season in 2010 with a broken foot. As a junior, he was a second team selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman on the All-3A/4A Big Nine Cascade Division Football Team. Neary is a three sport athlete, having also participated in basketball and track and field. He's averaging 13.0 points a game (through Jan. 27) to lead Hanford in scoring. Also competes in track and field.

Personal: Born 11/15/92 in Richland, Wash. His parents are Ron and LeeAnn Neary. Intends on majoring in secondary education.

 

Todd Raynes

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We see him as a wide receiver, but he could also play safety here. We've had a lot of success with bigger receivers in the last few years. We see Todd fitting into that role. He has the quick feet and can run routes well, but he also has the ability to go up and after the ball. He's one of those players that even if he's not open, he can go get the ball in traffic. He plays very physical. He showed his toughness and durability by playing on the other side of the ball too, and we really like that about Todd. He's a great football player and has a lot of character."

HS: Will graduate from Inglemoor HS in 2011. As a senior, he was a first team All-KingCo 4A Crown Division wide receiver and defensive back. He was also named his team's MVP as he finished with 90 tackles. Is also a track and field athlete, running a leg on Inglemoor's 4x100 relay team that finished fourth in the 2010 State 4A Championships and owns the school record with a 42.64 time. His Eagle teammate Paul Ena ('09) is also a graduate of Inglemoor High.

Personal: Born 4/21/93 in Kirkland, Wash. His parents are Loren Raynes and Traci Jean Lange Raynes. Intends on majoring in pre-medicine.

 

Jordan Talley

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We really like him on video -- he's very natural at the running back position. He carried the ball a ton and has a lot of numbers. He's shown he can pack the load. He has the wiggle and the ability to run tough inside, but he can also get loose and hit the home run as well. He gives us the best of both worlds there, and we expect him to contribute and play early in his career. Whether he redshirts or not, in his first year playing he will be a factor and will contribute. Being in his home and spending time with him on his visit got us even more excited about what this young man will bring to our program."

HS: Will graduate from Jesuit HS in 2011. He finished his career with 5,425 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns), including 4,547 rushing yards, as Jesuit was 33-6 in three seasons. He earned Oregonian second team 6A All-State honors as a senior running back when he rushed 346 times for 2,660 yards (221.8 average per game and 7.7 per carry) and 34 touchdowns. He rushed for at least 131 yards in every game, with six performances of at least 200 yards and a season-high of 303 versus Westview. He also had 24 catches for 381 yards and three touchdowns receiving. In addition, he averaged 25.4 yards on 14 kickoff returns to finish with a total of 3,387 all-purpose yards (282.3 per game and 8.8 per touch, with a touchdown every 10.4 times he touched the ball). He led Jesuit to an 11-2 record, including three postseason victories as the Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the State 6A Playoffs. As a junior in 2009, he racked up 1,808 yards (129.1 per game and 6.5 per carry) and 22 touchdowns. He had 11 100-yard rushing performances, including a season-high 249 against South Medford. He also caught nine passes for 74 yards and had 66 yards in returns, giving him 1,948 all-purpose yards for the year. He helped Jesuit to a 12-2 record as it finished as the runner-up in the State 6A Playoffs, falling to Sheldon 50-42 in the title game when he finished with 95 yards to snap his string of consecutive 100-yard performances at 11. As a sophomore, he rushed for 79 yards and had 90 total all-purpose yards as the Crusaders finished 10-2. He also competes in basketball and track and field, placing fourth in State 6A in the long jump (22-6 1/2) and helping his school's 4x100 relay team (43.81) win the State title.

Personal: Born 9/18/92 in Portland, Ore. His parents are Wendell and Phyllis Talley. Intends on majoring in pre-medicine.

 

Julius Tevaga

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We expect Julius to be an offensive guard for us. For carrying 290 pounds, he has a pop and an explosion to his game that is hard to find at that position. He has a great demeanor and character, and the fact he comes from a successful program like Archbishop Murphy will bring some great intangibles to our team. I've watched him compete over the last couple of years against potential Division I athletes and time and time again he's out-played those guys."

HS: Will graduate from Archbishop Murphy HS in 2011. First team Washington 2A All-State as an offensive lineman in 2010. Was an honorable mention 2A all-state selection as a junior in 2009. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The Everett Herald selected him to its first team All-Area squad as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was named to SuperPrep's 22-player preseason Washington All-American list. Scout.com rated Tevaga as a two-star prospect and the No. 112 defensive tackle in the country. ESPN.com rated him No. 157 in the nation at offensive guard. Archbishop Murphy finished 13-1, losing in the State 2A title game to Tumwater 34-14. He started on both sides of the ball, and had had two sacks in first round playoff win over W.F. West. He had one interception on the season that he ran in for a 63-yard touchdown versus South Whidbey.



Jordan Tonani

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "It's great to get a local player from the Ferris State Championship team. He's also a great basketball player and knows how to win and how to compete. He can play on either side of the ball, but is the one safety we signed and will do a great job there. He's one of the better football players we saw on video in terms of being able to do a lot of different things well. He's physical, he can move, he has range, he's tough and he's also a very intelligent football player. He knows what it takes to work on the off-season -- Coach Sharkey and Ferris have done an incredible job teaching that to their players. Getting players from those types of programs excites us because we know they will be able to step right in and understand what it takes 12 months out of the year. Jordan adds to that."

HS: Will graduate from Ferris HS in 2011. He was a three-year starter at Ferris, helping the Saxons finish 35-6 in those years. Was selected to the WashingtonPreps.com All-State team as a wide receiver and earned first team All-Greater Spokane League honors as a wide receiver. He helped lead the Saxons to a perfect 14-0 record and the State 4A Championship, defeating defending champion Skyline 24-16 in the title game. He caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the championship game. He played in the secondary that was nicknamed the "Grady Bunch" after the school's defensive coordinator, Grady Emmerson. He had 41 catches as a senior and 39 as a junior, giving him 105 in his career to break the previous record of 104 set by current Washington State University starter Jared Karstetter (2005-07). In his junior season, Ferris finished 10-4 and lost to Skyline 45-21 in the title game as he earned second team All-GSL honors. Tonani also plays basketball for Ferris, with a current overall record of 16-1 (through 2/1/11) and perfect 15-0 league mark. Was coached at Ferris by Jim Sharkey, who also coached current Eagle safety Jeff Minnerly ('08 Ferris graduate).

Personal: Born 9/23/92 in Spokane, Wash. His parents are Timothy and Carole Phillips Tonani. Intends on majoring in business.

  

Tevin Williams

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's somewhat unknown coming from North Mason, but coach Hunter spotted him early in recruiting and really loved him. He has great length for a cornerback. We're excited about his athletic ability and his raw talents. The sky is the limit for him. After he gets in the weight room and begins to develop as a football player, the growth he can have in the next four or five years is enormous. We're excited about the upside of what Tevin is going to bring to the corner position."

HS: Will graduate from North Mason HS in 2011. As a senior, the Kitsap Sun selected him to its All-West Sound squad as a kick returner. He was an All-Olympic League first team defensive back in both 2009 and 2010. On offense in 2010, he caught 11 passes for 310 yards (28.2 yard average) and had three touchdowns. He also rushed 31 times for 232 yards (7.5 average per rush). Williams also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in a loss to Sequim. He helped lead North Mason to a berth in a play-in game for the State 2A Playoffs, where they lost to Interlake 55-34. In that game, Williams caught eight passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Selected to Ron Siegel's pre-season All-State team (seniors only). As a junior he also earned All-Olympic League honors as both a cornerback and wide receiver.


Personal: Born 11/19/93 in San Diego, Calif. His parents are Mark Williams and Marle Cohen-Lucy. Intends on majoring in athletic training.

 

Jake Withnell

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We saw him early on video and really like him. He can be an every-down type of tight end for us. He has the size already and he has put his hand in the ground enough that it's not like transitioning another player there or teaching them how to do it -- he's done it. He understands the position, plus, he has the athletic ability to make plays downfield in the passing game. We're really excited to have him. He brings to our program talent, work ethic and great character."

HS: Will graduate from South Salem HS in 2011. He finished his career with 17 1/2 sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries and four blocked field goal attempts. As a senior, he earned honorable mention honors on the Oregonian 6A All-State team as a linebacker and tight end. Also earned first team All-Central Valley Conference honors as a junior and senior as a linebacker, and was a first team pick at tight end as a senior when he led his school to a runner-up finish in the league. He finished his senior season with a team-leading 17 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 31 catches for 487 yards and five TDs in his career. On defense, he led 6A with 125 tackles, while recording 10 sacks to rank fifth in the State. As a junior he had nine sacks and caught 12 passes for 149 yards. Personal: Born 6/16/92 in Salem, Ore. His parents are David and Lora Withnell. Intends on majoring in business.

 

Andru Pulu

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Andru is going to fill a need at defensive tackle right away. He is somebody we liked very much out of high school but had the opportunity to play at a Pac 10 school. For us to have him here at Eastern is extremely exciting. He has the combination of great size, strength and athletic ability that will make him a tremendous force in this conference. He is already lifting and working out with the team, and is fitting in very well."

Washington: Did not play in 2010, but was one of 10 true freshmen to see action for the Huskies in 2009. He was a regular in the rotation at defensive end and also a regular on the kick return team. He played in all 12 games, and finished with two tackles. His tackle was a shared sack against Idaho. His other tackle was against Oregon.

HS: Graduated from Federal Way HS in 2009. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington and received honorable mention as a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune. He was named the South Puget Sound League 4A Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year, when he also earned first team All-SPSL honors as an offensive lineman and linebacker despite missing the latter part of the season due to injury. He also made the Seattle Times preseason All-State team. He was rated as the No. 29 strongside linebacker in the nation by scout.com and was ranked as the No. 122 recruit in the west by superprep.com. He led the Eagles to the first round of the State 4A Playoffs for the first time since 1976 as the team finished 8-3 overall and 7-2 in league play his senior year. He was also named to the All-SPSL first team defense and second team offense as both a sophomore and junior. He had 74 tackles as a sophomore and 62 as a junior. Federal Way was 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the league his junior season, helping the Eagles win the league title for the first time in 31 years. He also threw the shot and discus for the track team and made it to the State 4A Championships in the shot put as a junior, finishing 11th.

 

Demitrius Bronson

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We had him on campus out of high school on a recruiting visit, which gives us familiarity with Demetrius. Having already had the opportunity to get to know him, we are very excited about what he will be able to bring us on and off the field. He is going to be able to step right in and compete for the running back position. With his size he brings some strength and power to the position, but also has the quickness to make people miss in the open field. We think he is a very complete back who will bring something very special to our program."

Washington: Did not play in 2010, but spent the 2009 season as a backup tailback at Washington. He saw action in a total of seven games as a true freshman, rushing 19 times for 89 yards. He carried the ball eight times for 39 yards against Oregon, including a long run of 18. He rushed three times for 31 yards in a 42-10 win over No. 19 California and carried the ball four times for 16 yards in the 30-0 blanking of Washington State. He originally was a part of the fall 2008 recruiting class, but delayed enrollment until January 2009 and entered the 2009 season as a true freshman.

HS: Graduated from Kentwood HS in 2008. He finished his high school career with 3,810 rushing yards, and was averaging more than 200 yards per game as a senior before suffering an ankle injury. He still finished his final prep season with 1,450 yards rushing. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington. He was selected as the South Puget Sound League's 4A Co-Offensive Back of the Year and was a first team All-SPSL running back. Earned Associated Press 4A All-State honorable mention accolades as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Bronson was selected to participate for the West team at the Washington State Football Coaches Association's annual East West All-Star Game. He was also a member of the Seattle Times "Star Times" all-area team and received honorable mention as a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune. He was named All-West Region by PrepStar and was one of 14 running backs listed on the News-Tribune's Western 100. He was rated as the No. 11 recruit in Washington and the No. 59 running back in the country by Scout.com. In addition, he was ranked as the state of Washington's No. 13 football recruit and as the nation's No. 39 running back by Rivals.com, and was rated the No. 13 recruit in the state by Superprep. As a junior, he ran for 1,437 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning first team All-South Puget Sound League honors. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,045 yards over 10 games, earning All-SPSL first team accolades. Bronson also ran the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and various relays on the Conquerors track team.

Personal: His older brother, John, was a standout defensive lineman at Kent-Meridian before playing college ball at Penn State and in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.

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