Eagle Football Adds 21 to Program

Feb. 7, 2007

Seven defensive linemen are among the total of 20 high school players who will attend Eastern Washington University and play football for the Eagles next fall as part of EWU's 2007 recruiting class.

Eastern head coach Paul Wulff also announced the addition of one junior college recruit to join the 18 high school letter of intent signees and two other high school recruits who did not sign but have been admitted to EWU.

"It was very important for us to continue to build the defensive line position," said Wulff. "It is an area that has been somewhat of a weakness the last few years and we need to continue to upgrade our defensive line."

"Some of these players may eventually play other positions, and that gives us some great flexibility," said Wulff of the class overall. "Most of them can play more than one position, and eventually they are going to find a home where they are going to see the field the soonest. Our goal was to fit our needs in certain areas, but also get players that can fill in at spots when we get to a depth issue."

The total included three local All-State players, giving Eastern a total of 12 players from the state of Washington who earned All-State honors. The local recruits include defensive lineman Pat Parham from Spokane's Ferris High School, linebacker Caleb Gillespie from Spokane's East Valley HS and defensive back John Roberts from Colville High School.

Roberts was All-State at running back at Colville where he rushed for 1,739 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead the Indians to the quarterfinals of the State 2A Playoffs. In his career, he rushed for 3,609 yards and 44 touchdowns while averaging nearly nine yards per carry. Besides earning All-State accolades, Parham and Gillespie were both first team All-Greater Spokane League selections as Parham finished with 80 tackles and 15 sacks and Gillespie had a pair of interceptions.

The list also included All-State wide receiver Greg Ford from Steilacoom HS near Tacoma, Wash., and All-State running back Tyler Hart from Friday Harbor, Wash., HS. Twins Matt and Zach Johnson joined EWU as linebackers/defensive backs after stellar careers at Tumwater, Wash., High School. Eastern also added a quarterback -- Andrew Schumacher from Churchill HS in Eugene, Ore.

Besides Parham, the list of defensive linemen included 265-pound All-State selection Chris Powers from Black Diamond, Wash., and Tahoma HS, and All-State 300-pounder Renard Williams from South Kitsap HS in Port Orchard, Wash.

The others were broadcaster-unfriendly Ray Falelaulii (Tacoma, Wash. - Curtis HS), Charles (Dexter) Moetului (North Bend, Wash. - Mount Si HS) and Martin Taualo (San Mateo, Calif. - Aragon HS ). Falelaulii and Moetului were All-State selections, with Moetului finishing his senior season with 13 sacks.

"John Roberts and Pat Parham are tough Eastern Washington players who are going to represent our university very well," said Wulff. "Chris Powers and the Johnson twins are a great fit for our university. Greg Ford, I think, is going to be a sleeper in this whole thing along with Andrew Schumacher.

"I like all of these players," he continued. "I think they can potentially bring a lot of things to the university and make the university proud of what they can do."

Another highly-honored player added was Roman Tinitali-Pula, who will either play as a running back or linebacker for the Eagles. The standout from Lincoln HS in Tacoma, Wash., was honored as an All-State running back by the Associated Press, Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and WashingtonPreps.com after rushing for 1,680 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. He rushed for 5,300 yards and 72 touchdowns in his career to become the leading all-time rusher among high schools in the city of Tacoma.

The other All-State players the Eagles added were Zach Johnson and tight end Cody Pollock.

Last season, Eastern finished 3-8 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference with a schedule that included NCAA Division I Bowl Division members West Virginia and Oregon State. The Eagles, young and inexperienced at several positions including quarterback and wide receiver, closed the year with a convincing 40-6 victory over Idaho State.

"We received so many commitments early in the recruiting game and that was a helpful thing for us and our program," added Wulff. "I'm very happy with all of these players. I think they have tremendous upside.

"Some of these players probably won't have an impact in the 2007 season, but you will start seeing their ability in '08 and `09. There is a tremendous amount of talent here, but at the same time, what they do now and for the next two years to get them prepared to really start playing is what we are going to find out."

Eastern Washington University 2007 Football Recruiting Class

Name - Pos. - Ht. - Wt. - Hometown (High School)
Greg Ford - WR - 5-11 - 180 - Steilacoom, Wash. (Steilacoom HS '07)
Tyler Hart - RB/Ath. - 5-10 - 175 - Friday Harbor, Wash. (Friday Harbor HS '07)
Ray Falelaulii - DL - 6-2 - 245 - University Place, Wash. (Curtis HS '07)
Caleb Gillespie - LB - 6-1 - 220 - Spokane, Wash. (East Valley HS '07)
Matt Johnson - LB/DB - 6-1 - 200 - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS '07)
Zach Johnson - LB/DB - 6-1 - 205 - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS '07)
Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 185 - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS '07)
Joshua McOmber - DB - 6-2 - 180 - Cottonwood, Calif. (West Valley HS '07)Charles (Dexter) Moetului - DL - 6-3 - 220 - North Bend, Wash. (Mount Si HS '07)
Pat Parham -
DL - 6-3 - 225 - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS '07)
Chris Patu - DL - 6-1 - 290 - Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS '07)
Cody Pollock - TE/OL - 6-4 - 255 - Auburn, Wash. (Fife HS '07)
Chris Powers - DL - 6-2 - 265 - Black Diamond, Wash. (Tahoma HS '07)
John Roberts - DB - 5-10 - 195 - Colville, Wash. (Colville HS '07)
Edward Russell - RB - 6-0 - 205 - Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS '07)
Andrew Schumacher - QB - 6-4 - 190 - Eugene, Ore. (Churchill HS '07)
Martin Taualo - DL - 6-4 - 230 - San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon HS '07)
Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS '07)
*Roman Tinitali-Pula
- RB/LB - 5-11 - 215 - Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS '07)
*David Miles - TE - 6-4 - 225 - Maplewood, Minn. (Roseville HS '07)
*Did not sign a letter of intent but has been admitted to EWU.

Junior College Transfers

Ryan Kelley - CB - 5-10 - 190 - Gardena, Calif. (Serra HS, College of San Mateo JC & Montana State)

Pronunciations
Schumacher - shoe-make-ur
Tinitali-Pula - tin-a-tall-ee poo-la
Taualo - tow-all-oh
Patu - Pah-too
McOmber - Mick-ahm-burr
Falelaulii - Fah-la-louie
Moetului - Moy-to-louie

 

Greg Ford

Earned second team 2A All-State honors as a wide receiver and honorable mention accolades as a defensive back and a return specialist from WashingtonPreps.com. Ford was voted first team All-Nisqually League as a wide receiver and second team as a defensive back and kick returner. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. As a senior, he caught 48 passes for 1,080 yards and had 15 total touchdowns. Ford was his team's Offensive MVP. Despite finishing the season just 4-7, Steilacoom advanced to the State 2A Playoffs where it lost 55-7 to Tumwater and EWU recruits Zach and Matt Johnson. He is also an outstanding basketball and baseball player. In basketball he was team captain and averaged 15 points per game to earn second team all-league honors as junior when he helped lead Steilacoom to the district championship. In baseball he was a first team all-league outfielder, hitting .450 with 20 stolen bases. He was his team's MVP as he led the squad to a district title. Personal: Born 4/16/88 in Tacoma, Wash.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We've liked him since watching him at our summer football camp. He's only played football for two seasons and he has a lot of upside and potential. He is far from reaching his ceiling as a football player. He's very smart and very athletic. We really like his potential. Provided he does well in the weight room, we think he has an outstanding chance to be a very good football player here."

 

Tyler Hart

Earned honorable mention 1A All-State honors as a running back from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 1A All-State second team as a running back as well as honorable mention at both defensive back and return specialist. Hart was named first team All-District 1 at both running back and defensive back. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. As a three-year starter in his career, he helped lead Friday Harbor to a 32-4 record and nine playoff games. He scored in eight of those playoff games with a total of 21 touchdowns scored in five different ways (14 rushing, one receiving, three on kickoff returns, two on punt returns, one interception return). In seven regular season games as a senior, he rushed for 808 yards (10.1 per carry) and 13 touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 115 yards and completed 4-of-5 passes for another 105. He scored four touchdowns in a district playoff game against Orting, scoring on runs of 57 and 76 yards to finish with 158 yards total. Friday Harbor finished his senior season with a 9-2 record, losing 21-0 in the first round of the State 1A Playoffs. As a junior, Hart earned first team 1A All-State honors as a running back from Associated Press as well as WashingtonPreps.com. He was also a first team All-Northwest A/B League selection as a running back. He saw action as the team's backup quarterback, and was also an outstanding kick returner, kicker and defensive back. He rushed for 1,063 yards and caught two passes for 88 yards. In his sophomore season, he earned second team all-league honors as a receiver to help lead his team to a Northwest League title. In both 2004 and 2005, Friday Harbor finished 12-1 after losing to Royal in the semifinals of the State 1A Playoffs. As a junior in track and field, he placed third in the 100 (11.68, 11.65 in prelims) and third in the long jump (21-0) at the State 2A Championships at EWU's Woodward Field. He also played basketball. Personal: Born 11/30/88 in Pago Pago, America Samoa. Intends on majoring in physical education.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We really liked the athletic ability he showed at Friday Harbor. He has great character and has a chance to play a number of positions. We like Tyler as a person and what he will bring to the table."

 

Ray Falelaulii

Earned second team 4A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He was selected as the South Puget Sound League 4A South Division Defensive Lineman of the Year. Curtis finished 8-3 and advanced to the State 4A Playoffs where it lost to Edmonds-Woodway 41-38 in the first round. Personal: Born 2/11/88 in Long Beach, Calif. Intends to major in engineering.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "Ray has only played a couple of years of football, and has a lot of potential athletically. We just have to get him developed and playing a lot more football. Some of the players we added haven't played a lot of years of football -- and we like that because of the potential they all have."

 

Caleb Gillespie

Earned first team 3A All-State honors as a linebacker from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also 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-Greater Spokane League linebacker. He had two interceptions his senior season. As a junior he earned honorable mention 3A All-State honors as a defensive back from WashingtonPreps.com and was a first team All-GSL at linebacker. Also played soccer at Ferris. Personal: Born 10/25/88 in Wenatchee, Wash. Intends on majoring in secondary education.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "Caleb is going to go on a mission, so he's probably two years away from being a part of our program. He's an outstanding player who got better and better. In his senior year of high school, he really developed and became a college prospect."

 

Matt Johnson

Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. Earned second team 2A All-Evergreen League honors at defensive back, despite missing five games due to injury. Matt still managed to rack up 53 tackles, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery despite his limited playing time. He shared team captain and most inspirational awards with his brother Zach following their senior season. After a season-opening loss, Tumwater won 11-straight games to advance to the semifinals of the State 2A Playoffs and finish the season 11-2. Tumwater defeated Colville and EWU recruit John Roberts 28-25 in the quarterfinals, then lost to eventual champion Lynden 20-10 in the semifinals. Was listed among the "Seniors to Watch" on Ron Siegel's 2006 preseason All-State team. As a junior, he earned All-Pac 9 League honors as a safety when he finished with 54 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a sophomore, he earned second team all-league honors as a running back. He also played basketball and baseball. Personal: Born 7/22/89 in Olympia, Wash. Matt is the twin of EWU recruit Zach Johnson. Intends on majoring in education.

 

Zach Johnson

Earned first team 2A All-State honors at running back and honorable mention at defensive back from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 2A All-State first team at running back and defensive back. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He earned MVP honors as a member of The Olympian All-Area football team at running back. He was also a member of the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive back. He was the MVP of the 2A Evergreen League after rushing for a school-record 1,918 yards. He also broke school records with 2,320 all-purpose yards and 28 touchdowns. On defense, he had more than 50 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two sacks. After a season-opening loss, Tumwater won 11-straight games to advance to the semifinals of the State 2A Playoffs and finish the season 11-2. Tumwater defeated Colville and EWU recruit John Roberts 28-25 in the quarterfinals, then lost to eventual champion Lynden 20-10 in the semifinals. He scored twice, including an 82-yard reception, in the Colville game. His 1-yard run with two minutes left helped seal the victory. He finished his senior season as his team's offensive player of the year, captain and most inspirational, sharing the latter two awards with his brother Matt. Was listed among the "Seniors to Watch" on Ron Siegel's 2006 preseason All-State team. He earned first team All-Pac 9 League honors as a junior and was a second team pick as a sophomore. As a junior, he had more than 50 tackles with four forced fumbles, three sacks, more than 600 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Also played basketball and baseball at Tumwater. Personal: Born 7/22/89 in Olympia, Wash. Zach is the twin of EWU recruit Matt Johnson. Intends on majoring in education.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "Matt, like his brother Zach, is a great athlete. He has an opportunity to be a very physical player, either as a linebacker or safety -- we're not sure yet. He's an outstanding prospect, along with Zach. Zach is a very good athlete who played a little more on offense than he did on defense. But we see them both as excellent prospects at the linebacker or safety positions."

 

Taiwan Jones

He was the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year and also earned first team San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro honors as a running back. Jones was MVP of the Bay Valley Athletic League and his team's MVP on offense. He set his school's single season record with 19 touchdowns as a two-way starter. He rushed for more than 1,466 yards (9.3 per carry) and 13 touchdowns, and also scored three receiving and two on punt returns. Three of his six catches were for touchdowns and a total of 191 yards. On defense, he had 37 tackles with a sack, fumble recoveries and three interceptions. One of his interceptions he returned for a score. He led the Wolverines to a 10-0 regular season record and their first league title. A fourth-quarter ankle injury in the playoffs contributed to the team's first loss of the season. The year before, Deer Valley finished just 4-6. Personal: Born 7/26/88 in San Francisco, Calif.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "Potentially he could be one of the best athletes we've ever signed here. He's been clocked in the 4.3-4.4 range (in the 40-yard dash) and has good size. He could play a number of positions on offense and defense, and will definitely be an impact player as a punt and kickoff returner."


Josh McOmber

Playing at the same high school as Eastern quarterback Matt Nichols, he earned All-Section and All-Northern Athletic Conference honors as a free safety. He was a first team selection on the Record Searchlight All-Area team. He was also his team's co-MVP, defensive MVP and most outstanding defensive back. As a junior he earned all-league honors as a wide receiver and free safety, and earned All-Section honors as a punter. Also played basketball, and was all-league in track and field as a sophomore and junior. He set three school records, including the 110 hurdles (14.64), 300 hurdles (38.58) and the 4x400 relay (42.88) to earn All-Section and all-league honors. His school advanced to the State Championships in the 4x100 relay. Personal: Born 9/8/88 in Suffolk, England. Intends on majoring in sports medicine.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's a very physical, physical safety. He's going to be a fine player, but he has to get in the weight room. He can make a lot of plays because he's so physical."

 

David Miles

Earned All-Suburban East Conference honors as a tight end as a senior after helping lead his team to a section championship. Roseville finished 8-4 and made the school's second-ever state playoff appearance. He was team captain in football, basketball and track and field. Roseville won a state championship his junior season. Personal: Born 11/22/88 in Maplewood, Minn. He is an Eagle Scout. Intends on majoring in geography.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We are very happy to get David and think he has a bright future in our program. He can play tight end for sure, but he has the frame to play multiple positions. He's a great person and has a tremendous upside. We think he'll really blend in to our program."

 

Charles (Dexter) Moetului

Was a first team selection as a defensive lineman on the Associated Press 4A All-State team as selected by sports editors and writers. Earned first team 3A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also named by the Seattle Times on its "Star Times" All-Area team and as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He was the KingCo 3A Lineman of the Year after finishing with 13 sacks. He was also a first team all-league defensive lineman and a second team all-league tight end. He caught a touchdown pass and scored on a game-winning blocked field goal attempt in a double-overtime victory. His team finished 10-2 -- the best record in school history -- and reached the quarterfinals of the State 3A Playoffs. Mount Si defeated Camas 28-7 before falling 16-0 to Kamiakin. Also wrestled at Mount Si where he was KingCo 3A champion as a senior and junior and finished third at the 2006 State 3A Championships. Personal: Born 4/5/89 in Renton, Wash. He sings, acts and won a first-place award for music-video direction at the Northwest High School Film Festival. He intends on majoring in electronic media and filmic arts at Eastern.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's another late bloomer who didn't start playing football until his sophomore year. He really became a good football player his senior season. There is a lot of upside with Charles. He's going to continue to get bigger and stronger in the weight room. He has a lot of potential."

 

Pat Parham

Earned honorable mention 4A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 4A All-State second team as a defensive lineman. He was a first team All-Greater Spokane League defensive lineman. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He finished his senior season with 80 tackles, including 15 sacks and a total of 28 tackles for loss. He was also his team's MVP. Personal: Born 3/23/89 in Spokane, Wash. Intends to major in criminal justice.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We felt he was one of the best defensive line prospects we've had here. He has a chance to be an awfully good player. He still has some work to do academically, but he's going to bring a lot to the table."

 

Chris Patu

Earned first team All-Metro League Sound Division honors as both a senior and junior. He helped lead Rainier Beach to a 7-4 record, including a 40-22 loss to Timberline in the first round of the State 3A Playoffs. Was listed among the "Seniors to Watch" on Ron Siegel's 2006 preseason All-State team.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's a great athlete at defensive tackle. He's a big, thick player who has some academic work to do. But he has tremendous potential."

 

Cody Pollock

Earned honorable mention 2A All-State honors at tight end from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. He received 2A All-State first team honors at tight end from WashingtonPreps.com. Pollock was named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team as a tight end. He was also a first team All-Nisqually League selection as a tight end, defensive lineman and punter with 20 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns. As a blocker, he helped Fife rush for more than 3,000 yards. He also averaged 47 yards per punt and on defense he had 61 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 17 quarterback pressures, three pass deflections and one blocked punt. He was team captain, and helped lead his team to its first league title in 20 years. Was listed among the "Seniors to Watch" on Ron Siegel's 2006 preseason All-State team. In his junior season, Pollock was first team All-Seamount League Pierce Division as a tight end. As a sophomore he earned honorable mention honors as a tight end. He also plays basketball and competes in track. As a junior, he was the track and field team's captain and was a league champion in the shot put. He also competed at the State Championships in the shot and discus. Personal: Born 11/24/88 in Tacoma, Wash. Intends to major in electrical engineering.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's big and athletic with great pass-catching skills for such a big player. He has a chance to help us at tight end. He also has the frame to put on weight and play defensive line or offensive line. We sure like his potential -- he just needs to develop."

 

Chris Powers

Earned honorable mention 4A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. He also received 4A All-State first team honors as a defensive lineman from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. Powers was also selected to the Seattle Times "Star Times" All-Area team of players from King and Snohomish counties. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-Area squad as well. He was first team All-South Puget Sound League 4A North Division as both an offensive and defensive lineman. The league's coaches also awarded him with the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year honor. He was a three-year starter at defensive end for Tahoma, which was 10-0 before losing to Woodinville 14-0 in the first round of the State 4A Playoffs. He helped lead his team to back-to-back league titles. As a junior, he earned first team All-SPSL North Division honors as a defensive lineman. He also earned all-league honors as a sophomore. Personal: Born 10/2/88 in Newport Beach, Calif. Intends to major in business.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's one of the best interior linemen we saw and have been able to sign in a long time. He has an opportunity to really help us on the defensive line, but if that doesn't work out, we think he would be a great offensive lineman also. He's very physically developed at this point. He still has a little ways to go in the weight room, but we think he has a chance to be an impact player. That might happen in his first year, but we'll see how that unfolds and how fall camp goes."

 

John Roberts

Earned first team 2A All-State honors at running back from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers as well as from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. Roberts was selected as the Great Northern League Offensive MVP as well as a first team all-league selection at running back as voted on by GNL coaches. He set five school records in his career, including 3,609 career yards (on 404 carries for an 8.9 average per carry), 44 career touchdowns and a long rush of 94 yards. He rushed for a school-record 1,739 yards on 171 carries (10.2 per carry) in his senior season to lead Colville to an 11-1 record and the quarterfinals of the State 2A Playoffs. He finished with 22 touchdowns for his fifth school record. In a 35-14 win over Riverside that clinched the Great Northern League title for Colville, he rushed for 163 yards on just nine carries and scored on an 88-yard run and an 85-yard kickoff return. In a 38-12 first round playoff win over Othello, he had 156 yards. He scored twice, including a 64-yard run, as Colville suffered its first loss of the season with a 28-25 loss to Tumwater in the quarterfinals. Tumwater featured twins Zach and Matt Johnson, who also signed to play at EWU. As a junior he earned honorable mention 3A All-State honors from WashingtonPreps.com as he rushed for 1,388 yards on 168 carries (8.3 per carry) and 16 touchdowns. He also earned first team all-league honors. As a sophomore he rushed for 482 yards on 65 attempts (7.4 per carry) with six touchdowns. Also competed in track and field at Colville, and as a junior he advanced to the State 2A Championships at EWU's Woodward Field in the 100 meters. Personal: Born 6/29/88 in Colville, Wash. His father, Kent Roberts, attended Eastern. Intends on majoring in education.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's a great player and great leader who we've watched several years at our football camps. We like all the things he brings us, including his character, work ethic and talent. He's a great representative of the type of player we like to have in our program."

 

Edward Russell

He earned All-Metro honors from The Sacramento Bee and was MVP of the Delta Valley Conference. He rushed for 1,500 yards (9.2 yards per carry), caught 32 passes for 600 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. He led Franklin to its first playoff berth in the school's fifth year of existence. As a junior, he rushed for 606 yards (6.6 per carry) and eight touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 176 yards and three more scores. On defense he had 33 tackles and five sacks.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He has some work to do academically, but he has a chance to be a very special running back and one of the better players we've ever had talent-wise at that position. He has to get himself acclimated to college, but once he does that he can be an impact player in this conference and do some great things."

 

Andrew Schumacher

A three sport All-State performer, he earned honorable mention 5A All-State honors and was the Midwestern League MVP in football as a senior. He was a first team all-league pick as both a quarterback and free safety. He completed 137-of-218 passes for 1,586 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. In five league games, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns. Churchill won all five games to finish undefeated in league play for the first time since 1987 and advance to the 5A Playoffs. He also earned second team all-league honors as a junior and received honorable mention as a sophomore. He is also an outstanding baseball player, earning second team All-State honors his junior season as an outfielder. He also earned first team All-Midwestern League honors as both a junior and sophomore. In addition, he helped lead his summer baseball team to a runner-up finish at the 2003 Babe Ruth World Series in Quincy, Mass., where he earned a Gold Glove award and was named to the tournament's All-Defensive Team. In basketball, he earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior and first team all-league honors as both a junior and sophomore. Personal: Born 9/21/88 in Eugene, Ore. Intends to major in business administration.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "I think he's one of the quiet finds in our recruiting class. He has a lot of potential and a lot of things we like at the quarterback position. He has good size and is a good athlete. He's highly-competitive and will bring a lot to this university. I think his upside hasn't even been tapped. I'm very excited about what he's going to be able to help this program do over the next five years."

 

Martin Taualo

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He was a highly-recruited player with a tremendous upside. He's a defensive end prospect that can be a dominant player some day in his career provided he does great work in the weight room and academically."

 

Roman Tinitali-Pula

Earned first team 4A All-State honors at running back from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. The Seattle Times named Tinitali-Pula to its All-State offensive team and pegged him as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. WashingtonPreps.com put him on its 4A first team All-State list at running back. He also earned All-State and all-area honors from the Tacoma News Tribune. In addition, he was his the Narrows League Bridge Division offensive MVP for the second-straight season. Tinitali-Pula rushed for 5,300 yards and 72 touchdowns in his career to become the leading all-time rusher among high schools in the city of Tacoma, Wash. As a senior, he rushed for 1,680 yards (8.9 yard per carry average) and 24 touchdowns. In his junior season he had 1,682 yards and 23 touchdowns en route to earning Tacoma News Tribune All-Area and Area Player of the Year honors. As a junior, he also earned first team All-State honors from WashingtonPreps.com after rushing for 1,682 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also the league's Offensive MVP. An ankle injury slowed him his sophomore season, but he still rushed for over 900 yards after a 1,000-yard season as a freshman when he helped the team to the State 4A Playoffs.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "He's a very good football player and a great person. We want to give him a chance to be a physical running back because that's the type of back he is. He has some running back skills, but he's athletic enough to play multiple positions."

 

Renard Williams

Earned first team 4A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers as well as from WashingtonPreps.com. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a first team All-State selection as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the State of Washington. He was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team and the Kitsap Sun named him to its All-West Sound Team. He was the Defensive MVP in the Narrows League Bridge Division as he finished with 78 tackles, including 53 solo stops. He also played fullback and is an outstanding wrestler.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We saw him at our football camps over the years and he is a fine defensive tackle. He has some academic work to do, but he can really have an impact on the interior of our line."

 

Ryan Kelley

He played his sophomore season at College of San Mateo in California in 2006 after spending two years at Montana State. He graduated from Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., in 2004, redshirted at MSU that fall and then played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 2005 at MSU. He was a running back in high school before moving to cornerback in college. Personal: Intends on majoring in business administration.

Eagle Head Coach Paul Wulff: "We are really counting on him to be an impact player for us this fall."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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